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Computational Conflict Research

  • Open access book presenting a broad range of cutting-edge computational methods applied to research in conflict dynamics

  • Contains applications to salient conflicts from several world regions at various scales and degrees of violence

  • Provides an insightful introduction to the field through sections on data and methods

Part of the book series: Computational Social Sciences (CSS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Advancing Conflict Research Through Computational Approaches

    • Emanuel Deutschmann, Jan Lorenz, Luis G. Nardin
    Pages 1-19Open Access
  3. Data and Methods in Computational Conflict Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
    2. Advances in Data on Conflict and Dissent

      • Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
      Pages 23-41Open Access
    3. Text as Data for Conflict Research: A Literature Survey

      • Seraphine F. Maerz, Cornelius Puschmann
      Pages 43-65Open Access
  4. Computational Research on Non-violent Conflict

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 81-81
    2. Migration Policy Framing in Political Discourse: Evidence from Canada and the USA

      • Sanja Hajdinjak, Marcella H. Morris, Tyler Amos
      Pages 83-111Open Access
    3. The Role of Network Structure and Initial Group Norm Distributions in Norm Conflict

      • Julian Kohne, Natalie Gallagher, Zeynep Melis Kirgil, Rocco Paolillo, Lars Padmos, Fariba Karimi
      Pages 113-140Open Access
    4. On the Fate of Protests: Dynamics of Social Activation and Topic Selection Online and in the Streets

      • Ahmadreza Asgharpourmasouleh, Masoud Fattahzadeh, Daniel Mayerhoffer, Jan Lorenz
      Pages 141-164Open Access
  5. Computational Research on Violent Conflict

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 165-165
    2. Do Non-State Armed Groups Influence Each Other in Attack Timing and Frequency? Generating, Analyzing, and Comparing Empirical Data and Simulation

      • Simone Cremaschi, Baris Kirdemir, Juan Masullo, Adam R. Pah, Nicolas Payette, Rithvik Yarlagadda
      Pages 167-182Open Access
    3. On the Beaten Path: Violence Against Civilians and Simulated Conflict Along Road Networks

      • Andrea Salvi, Mark Williamson, Jessica Draper
      Pages 183-199Open Access
    4. Analysis of Conflict Diffusion Over Continuous Space

      • Claire Kelling, YiJyun Lin
      Pages 201-223Open Access
    5. Rebel Group Protection Rackets: Simulating the Effects of Economic Support on Civil War Violence

      • Frances Duffy, Kamil C. Klosek, Luis G. Nardin, Gerd Wagner
      Pages 225-251Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 253-264

About this book

This open access book brings together a set of original studies that use cutting-edge computational methods to investigate conflict at various geographic scales and degrees of intensity and violence. Methodologically, this book covers a variety of computational approaches from text mining and machine learning to agent-based modelling and social network analysis. Empirical cases range from migration policy framing in North America and street protests in Iran to violence against civilians in Congo and food riots world-wide. 



Supplementary materials in the book include a comprehensive list of the datasets on conflict and dissent, as well as resources to online repositories where the annotated code and data of individual chapters can be found and where (agent-based) models can be re-produced and altered. These materials are a valuable resource for those wishing to retrace and learn from the analyses described in this volume and adapt and apply them to their own research interests. 


By bringing together novel research through an international team of scholars from a range of disciplines, Computational Conflict Research pioneers and maps this emerging field. The book will appeal to students, scholars, and anyone interested in the prospects of using computational social sciences to advance our understanding of conflict dynamics.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

    Emanuel Deutschmann

  • Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany

    Jan Lorenz

  • Department of Informatics, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany

    Luis G. Nardin

  • Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

    Davide Natalini

  • Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Adalbert F. X. Wilhelm

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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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