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.

Contact us

3205 Turlington Hall, Department of Geography, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, United States, AfricanNetworksLab@geog.ufl.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 presented our work on conflict networks at the Sahel Coalition in March 2021 and on the geography of conflict in North and West Africa at the Munich Security Conference.


This is where we publish our shortest and latest pieces.


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.