What is ACLED?
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, actors, types of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Political violence and protest includes events that occur within civil wars and periods of instability, public protest and regime breakdown. ACLED’s aim is to capture the forms, actors, dates and locations of political violence and protest as it occurs across states. The ACLED team conducts analysis to describe, explore and test conflict scenarios, and makes both data and analysis open to freely use by the public.
- Prof. Clionadh RaleighExecutive Director
Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is the Executive Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures.
Her work is based on African quantitative and qualitative case studies. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics. Prof. Raleigh has conducted policy work with the OECD, World Bank, DfiD, United Nations, etc. She is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.
- Dr. Roudabeh KishiResearch Director
Roudabeh Kishi is the Research Director of ACLED. She oversees the quality, production, coverage and analysis of data across all regions, and aids in new partnerships with local sources and users. Dr. Kishi holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics with specializations in international relations and quantitative methodology.
She is a consultant to the World Bank's Fragility, Conflict, and Violence unit, as well as on projects with a focus on conflict and development for other organizations. She is based in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
- Olivia RussellProgram DirectorOlivia RussellProgram Director
Olivia Russell is the Program Director of ACLED. In this role, she oversees the administration and management of ACLED's programming, including communications and publications, human resources, and finance, as well as providing support to business and partnership development.
Ms. Russell holds an M.A. in International Conflict and Security and has worked in program management, research and communications in peacebuilding in East and Central Africa. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English and is based in Bujumbura, Burundi.
- Matt Batten-CarewGlobal Research Manager
Matthew Batten-Carew is the Global Research Manager of ACLED. He led the coding of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and all countries in the Middle East excluding Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, as the former Middle East Research Manager, as well as Associate Manager with ACLED's Asia project. Mr. Batten-Carew holds an M.A. in Geopolitics & Grand Strategy and a second M.A. in Eurasian Studies, with research focusing on regional governance and conflict management.
He has worked for the Canadian government's Departments of Global Affairs and National Defence, and for consulting firms in policy development and political risk analysis. He is fluent in English and French, and is based in Ottawa, Canada.
- Laurie CooperCommunications ManagerLaurie CooperCommunications Manager
Laurie Cooper is the Communications Manager of ACLED. Specializing in brand management and strategic development, Ms. Cooper is a public speaker and the business owner of a digital marketing agency focusing on author development. Her background includes graduate studies in Marketing Management as well as a degree in Global Politics & Communication Studies with a concentration in Image, Politics & Persuasion. Laurie is based out of Ottawa, Canada.
- Melissa PavlikResearch AnalystMelissa PavlikResearch Analyst
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
- Hilary MatfessResearch AnalystHilary MatfessResearch Analyst
Hilary Matfess is a Research Analyst with ACLED and a PhD student at Yale University. She received a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in African Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is the author of Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses.
- Daniela PollmannAsia Research ManagerDaniela PollmannAsia Research Manager
Daniela Pollmann is the Asia Research Manager with ACLED. In this role she oversees the coding of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asian countries. Ms Pollmann holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex with focus on peace processes. She has previous work experience in the social sector in Uganda and India where her work focused on women empowerment, child protection and anti-human trafficking. She is currently stationed in New Delhi, India.
- Elliott BynumAsia Research ManagerElliott BynumAsia Research Manager
Elliott Bynum is an Asia Research Manager with ACLED. She manages the coding of political violence and protest events in Southeast Asia. She is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at American University.
- Margaux PinaudAfrica Research ManagerMargaux PinaudAfrica Research Manager
Margaux has been with ACLED since 2015 and is now a Research Co-Manager for the Africa desk. In this role, she oversees the coding of political violence and protests across all countries in Africa and analyses key trends in weekly regional overviews. She is also a PhD Candidate in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester. Her research looks at the role of civilian group actors in conflict transformation processes in intrastate armed conflicts, with a particular focus on ceasefires. More broadly, she is interested in conflict dynamics in East-central Africa as well as aspects of inclusivity and agency in peacemaking and peacebuilding initiatives.
- Charles VanniceAfrica Research ManagerCharles VanniceAfrica Research Manager
Charles Vannice is an Africa Researcher with ACLED with a background in political science and education. His interests include insurgency and politically driven conflict with a focus on East Africa and Nigeria. Charles’ past research includes work with the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, where his focus was on the Indian sub-continent and Afghanistan.
- Andrea CarboniMiddle East Research Manager
Andrea Carboni is a Middle East Research Manager with ACLED. In this role, he oversees the coding of political violence and protest in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. He is PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Sussex and holds a Master's Degree in European and International Studies from the University of Trento.
His research focuses on political elites and contentious politics in North Africa and the Middle East. He is fluent in Italian, English and French and is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.
- Tom HartMiddle East Research ManagerTom HartMiddle East Research Manager
Tom Hart is a Middle East Research Manager with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), and a part-time brewer and genealogist. He received his BA in International History from Carleton University in Ottawa, where he focused on colonial relationships, intercultural interaction, and geocultural perspectives. Mr. Hart is currently based out of Ottawa, Canada, and is fluent in English and French.
- Stephanie AndersonSyria Research ManagerStephanie AndersonSyria Research Manager
Stephanie Anderson is the Syria Research Manager with ACLED. She holds an M.A. in Development Studies with a concentration on conflict, peace, and development issues and a geographic specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research interests include non-state governance and civilian agency during violent conflict, with prior research focusing on the role of civilian governance actors in rebel-held areas of Syria.
- Dr. Kars de BruijneSyria Senior ResearcherDr. Kars de BruijneSyria Senior Researcher
Kars de Bruijne is a Senior Researcher at ACLED. He manages the Syria project and its nine researchers and conducts research on the quality of the data. Mr. de Bruijne holds a PhD (University of Groningen) in the field of Civil War carrying out fieldwork with leading commanders and vanguards of the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone.
He also works as a research fellow at the Clingendael Institute (the Hague) and previously worked as a researcher for the OECD, DFID/Welcome Trust, CESS and as a lecturer at the University of Groningen. He is based in the Hague, Netherlands.
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This project receives financial support from the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), U.S. Department of State.
This project has also received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° 283755.