This seminar will explore different methodological approaches to the study of violent conflict, and the opportunities and challenges they present.
Daniel Wigmore-Shepherd will introduce the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED), a quantitative dataset of disaggregated information on political conflict in Africa and Asia, providing an example of ACLED’s utility through a review of violent conflict in 2016 and an in-depth look at political unrest during the 2015 Nigerian election.
Amber Huff, will discuss approaches to studying cross-scalar conflict dynamics from social anthropology and political ecology. Her research uses in-depth ethnographic fieldwork incorporating qualitative and participatory methods, policy analysis and discourse analysis to situate local-level experiences of environmental conflict, including those within local communities, in broader political economies and processes of social and environmental change.
Gauthier Marchais, will discuss approaches to carrying out research in active conflict zones, drawing on his experience in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the practical, and ethical, challenges of these conditions present.