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Data and progress in peace and conflict research

Gleditsch, KS; Metternich, NW; Ruggeri, A; (2014) Data and progress in peace and conflict research. Journal of Peace Research , 51 (2) pp. 301-314. 10.1177/0022343313496803. Green open access

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Abstract

We highlight how efforts to collect systematic data on conflict have helped foster progress in peace and conflict research. The Journal of Peace Research has played a key role in these developments, and has become a leading outlet for the new wave of disaggregated conflict data. We survey progress in the development of conflict data and how this interacts with theory development and progress in research, drawing specifically on examples from the move towards a greater focus on disaggregation and agency in conflict research. We focus on disaggregation in three specific dimensions, namely the resolution of conflict data, agency in conflict data, and the specific strategies used in conflict, and we also discuss new efforts to study conflict processes beyond the use of violence. We look ahead to new challenges in conflict research and how data developments and the emergence of ‘big data’ push us to think harder about types of conflict, agency, and the ‘right’ level of aggregation for querying data and evaluating specific theories.

Type: Article
Title: Data and progress in peace and conflict research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0022343313496803
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022343313496803
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2013.
Keywords: conflict, data, Journal of Peace Research, peace
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1417322
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