The Project on Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence is developing the conceptual, practical and methodological tools needed to understand violence associated with electoral processes. The research is also seeking to determine the strategies best suited to preventing, managing and mediating conflict of this type.
The research draws on textual retrieval techniques from the School of Computing Science’s renowned Terrier search engine platform together with political science data collection methods to generate two comparative databases of electoral violence, including a cross-national macro-level dataset and a series of linked incident-based datasets that track electoral violence at the micro-level among digital-born media forms such as news webpages and social media.
The project will also develop and test a series of theoretical propositions about the causes of electoral violence and assess the impact of practical interventions designed to mitigate it.
Project researchers include Sarah Birch (Political Economy, King’s College London), Iadh Ounis (Computing Science, University of Glasgow), Craig Macdonald (Computing Science, University of Glasgow), Paul Cockshott (Computing Science, University of Glasgow), and Jeff Fischer (Creative Associates International).
Please direct enquiries to:
Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
London, WC2R 2LS
+44 (0)20 7848 0447