Welcome to the African Networks Lab at the University of Florida
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.
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.
3205 Turlington Hall, Department of Geography, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, United States, owalther(at)ufl(dot)edu
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.
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.
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.