Jan 2004 – Sep 2014
ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset) is the most comprehensive public collection of political violence data for developing states. These data contain information on the specific dates and locations of political violence, the types of event, the groups involved, fatalities and changes in territorial control. Information is recorded on the battles, killings, riots, and recruitment activities of rebels, governments, militias, armed groups, protesters and civilians. Event data are derived from a variety of sources, mainly concentrating on reports from war zones, humanitarian agencies, and research publications.
The ACLED website can be found here (external website).
ACLED is directed by Prof. Clionadh Raleigh (Trinity College Dublin). It is operated by senior research manager Caitriona Dowd (Trinity College Dublin). Andrew Linke is a consultant on the project (University of Colorado) while the data collection is led by research analysts Annie Ngwira and Charles Vannice.
She has received an ERC Consolidator grant for the project VERSUS - Violence, Elites and Resilience in States under Stress, which will start up later this year.This grant follows an ERC starting grant, which was focused on African conflict patterns generated from examining ACLED data. The new project is about investigating governments, political elites, their interactions and networks. It will create information on local to national powerholders, and focus on how instability emerges from domestic political relationships.