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Welcome to the African Networks Lab at the University of Florida

About

The UF African Networks Lab studies trade and politically violent networks. We use social network analysis to visualize the structure of social networks and model their temporal evolution and spatial patterns.

Team

We are a small team of geographers and spatial analysts interested in networks, space, borders, territory and distance. Contact us if you are interested in working with us.

Contact us

3205 Turlington Hall, Department of Geography, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, United States, owalther(at)ufl(dot)edu

Projects

In the last 10 years, our work has been funded by the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club, the United Nations World Food Program, NASA, the Luxembourg and Denmark research funds, and private foundations.

News

We presented our work on the geography of conflict in North and West Africa at the Munich Security Conference, and will be at the AAG in April and at the ABORNE conference in September.

Blog

This is where we publish our shortest and latest pieces.

Publications

We publish peer-reviewed articles in geography and social sciences journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, World Development, as well as policy reports, and blogs such as Development Matters and Africa in Focus.

SNA in Africa

Formal approaches that map and model social structures are still rare in Africa. This is a list of publications that have used social network analysis on the continent.