Our Lab develops innovative ways to model the social structure and spatial patterns of trade and violent networks in Africa. Our main objective is to combine geographical analysis with social network analysis to show how social networks evolve across time and space. Our work opens new directions for geographers that are interested in more than the metaphor of the network.
Our Lab build on numerous research and policy projects conducted since the early 2010s. In 2013, our study of cross-border trade networks pioneered the introduction of social network analysis to the study of borderlands in West Africa. Since then, our team has contributed to map and model the impact of gender, religion, income, and ethnicity on trade and violent networks.