Gauthier Marchais, Research Fellow in the Conflict and Violence research cluster at IDS

Gauthier Marchais - Research Fellow

Conflict and Violence
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Gauthier Marchais is a Research Fellow in the Conflict and Violence Cluster at IDS. He recently completed a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science on the dynamics of participation in armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and has been involved in several research projects focused on the region.

The project will produce a robust evidence base on the opportunities and limitations of social media data on violence reporting to inform UK emergency and crisis response, in the context of violence monitoring in Kenya.

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The aim of this third phase of cooperation between IDS and SDC is to share learning and collaborate on policy engagement in priority areas of decentralised and democratic local governance.

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Assessing the Role of Social Media and Digital Technology in Violence Reporting

IDS Working Paper 492 (2017)

The use of social media and digital technologies has radically changed the way that information about violence is captured, reported, analysed and acted upon. People’s use of social media played a significant role in the Egyptian revolution, post-election violence in Kenya, and drug-cartel violence in Mexico. Social media can be used to provide humanitarian agencies, policymakers and academics seeking to understand and respond to violent crises with data unavailable from other sources. More details

What's trending in work on governance and conflict?

04 Apr 2017
By Robin Luckham, Caitriona Dowd, Gauthier Marchais

Thematic Expertise:
Building Inclusive Secure Societies; Children and Youth; Conflict Violence and Security; Governance; Collective Action; State Capacity; Politics and Power; Reducing Inequalities; Taxation.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Congo (Democratic Republic).