Team

Olivier J. Walther is an Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Florida and the coordinator of the African Networks Lab. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His current research focuses on cross-border trade and transnational political violence in West Africa.  Dr. Walther is the Africa Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, a “chief” of the African Borderlands Research Network and on the advisory board of the African Governance and Space project.  Email: owalther@ufl.edu  

Matthew Pflaum is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida. He holds an MSc in African Studies & International Development from the University of Edinburgh and an MPH in Global Health/infectious Disease from Emory University. He is interested in mobility and violence in West Africa and the factors contributing to joining militias and extremist organizations. The focus of his work is on pastoralist groups and the tensions that arise with other groups and governments over resources, land, governance, mobility, and power. Email: mpflaum@ufl.edu  

Valerie C. Valerio is a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on using data and simulation models of value chains to study livestock production, distribution and consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Valerie has recently worked in mapping livestock trade networks in West Africa. She holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (Dominican Republic). E-mail: valerie.valerio@ufl.edu  

Partners

Steven M. Radil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Geosciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Radil is a political geographer and primarily researches the spatial dimensions of political violence in the international system, including civil war, insurgency, and terrorism. In Africa, he has previously published on the diffusion of the internationalized civil war in the Democratic Republic on the Congo and on the territorial ambitions of Islamist-inspired insurgencies. He has methodological expertise in spatial analysis, social network analysis, and Geographic Information Science and routinely uses these tools in his work. Email: steven.radil@afacademy.af.edu

David G. Russell is an independent researcher of political geography. He holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Idaho. His research has focused on quantifying the spatio-temporal patterns of political violence and on how geopolitical rhetoric shapes the ways people see the world and its history. Mr. Russell has conducted research at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and he currently works as a consultant to the OECD/SWAC. Email: davidguyrussell@gmail.com

Moustapha Koné is an Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Niamey, Niger. His research focuses on cross-border trade in West Africa and the role of business communities in border regions. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Bordeaux. Email: konemoustapha723@gmail.com

Rafael Prieto Curiel is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford / EAFIT, working on urban dynamics at the Peak Urban project. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University College London and worked for the Police Department in Mexico City modelling spatio-temporal patterns of crime and road accidents. His research has focused on constructing quantitative models of social aspects such as crime, fear of crime, violence, migration and terrorism. Email: rafael.prietocuriel@maths.ox.ac.uk  

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