Innovative research undertaken at Warwick Institute for Science of Cities has attracted national news coverage, with article published on the BBC last week.
The Institute's Dr Weisi Guo, based in the University's School of Engineering, was inspired by the troubles in the Middle East, to develop an algorithm to map conflict data in order to explain, predict and even prevent violence.
He discovered that strongly connected cities, which act as "crossroads", may be inherently unstable; they correlate strongly with data on violence, including terrorism, war, and gang violence. Weisi hypothesises that such regions may have more contentious ideas flowing through them than other areas, and that somehow destabilises them. He suggests that such a topographical approach may provide answers in potentially reducing conflict.
Dr Guo's research continues, working with collaborators in Mexico and Colombia to examine drug-trafficking routes.
See here for the full article.
Words by Vikki Houlden and Gordon Corera.
This activity, through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress, Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities is supported by a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant number: EP/L016400/1