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Centre for Peace Studies (CPS)


The Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) is part of the University of Tromsø in Norway. Located right in the middle of campus, the CPS houses staff and students from all over the world, creating a vibrant environment both socially and academically.

The centre’s activities revolve around three main components, the Master of Peace and Conflict Transformation programme (MPCT), research and outreach.

CPS -is the only university-based peace centre in Norway!

Brochure about Centre for Peace Studies



Master's Degree Programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT)

The English-taught and interdisciplinary Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to study non-violent forms of conflict transformation and how to build peace by peaceful means.

What is Peace Studies?

How to apply?

List of MPCT Dissertations

MPCT Programme Structure

Study Topics

7 reasons for choosing MPCT


MPCT Brochure

UiT Video - University of Tromsø - My place for a while

MPCT Video - Why join the MPCT Programme?

Employees at Centre for peace studies (CPS)

Latest news

Peacebuilding Workshop, Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd of January 2015

Over the last century or so, debates about the location and base of peace agency have oscillated between the local and the international, from the human and social to the state, military, or the technological. From world government to democratic state formation, from global capital to social resistance and local agency, the contours of the debate about the effectiveness of peace agency have often been defined in relation to local or social actors, elites, the state, or international officials. They have confronted in their own terrains a range of obstacles or blockages to their claimed emancipatory goals, ranging from issues concerning security and militarism, custom, identity, and culture, gender, law and institutions, and the distribution of capital. Liberal peacebuilding has recently collapsed in terms of aspects of its legitimacy, causing a turn to the local amongst many thinkers and activists, whereas officials and policymakers appear to be withdrawing from their concern with human rights and focusing on the potential of new technologies of intervention. This workshop will offer the opportunity to map more clearly the pros and cons of each level of analysis, type of actor, and issue area, over the last 25 years or so, in order to understand more clearly the current conditions for, and requirements of peace. 
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Centre for Peace Studies
University of Tromsø
N-9037 Tromsø

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Huginbakken 9
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