Applying spatial data and analyses in studies of violent conflict

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Amelia Eisenhart
Chairs: Amelia Eisenhart


Violent conflict that occurs within, between, or among nations is an inherently spatial phenomenon. However, the majority of conflict models were, until recently, constructed without utilizing explicitly spatial data. The increase in the availability and reliability of spatial data records on violent conflict has coincided with the rising interest in climate and conflict relationships, more widely known as relationships between environment and conflict. The increasing amount and type of spatial conflict models has resulted in a multitude of contradictory conclusions being drawn about the drivers of violent conflict. This session therefore investigates the types of data being used, the hypotheses being addressed, and the models constructed or analyses applied in studies of conflict. By opening this session to any application of spatial data or analysis in violent conflict research, we seek to demonstrate the diversity of spatial conflict studies across the discipline and to consider commonalities – or lack thereof – that may more broadly advance the sub discipline.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Andrew Linke*, University of Utah, Halvard Buhaug, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Jonas Nordkvelle, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Agricultural Productivity and Violent Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Subnational and Comparative Analysis Using Novel Population Survey Data Methods 20 4:40 PM
Presenter Paulo Murillo*, Oregon State University, Robert Kennedy, Oregon State University, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Oregon State University, A global assessment of the impact of armed conflict on forests using Google Earth Engine 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Andreas Foroe Tollefsen*, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Halvard Buhaug, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Local Perceptions of Economic Security in Refugee Hosting Areas 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Amelia C. Eisenhart*, The University of Texas at Austin, Kelley A. Crews, The University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer A. Miller, The University of Texas at Austin, Evaluating the spatial (un)certainty of georeferenced conflict datasets 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Jonathan Drake*, AAAS, The AAAS Geospatial Technologies Project: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers 20 6:00 PM

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