The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, are collaborating on a project supported by STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), which aims to develop data on conflicts that are currently not captured by the definitions of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP).
The project has developed over time. It was initially envisioned with a focus on micro-states in the Pacific. After exploring the empirical domains in more detail during the first part of the project, it became evident that this was too narrow a focus for the project, and with this focus it would not be possible to build a comprehensive dataset on low-intensity conflicts. Therefore, it was decided to expand the focus. In particular, two amendments were made to the original research idea: 1) to include nonviolent manifestations of conflicts, such as the uprisings that overthrew regimes in Tunisia and Egypt in 2010-11; 2) to use global, rather than geographically restricted coverage of the data; resulting in a joint collaborative effort around nonviolent conflicts. Although the precise research focus is yet to be decided, the idea of investigating how social networks impact the onset and dynamics of conflict are being explored. Many researchers at Otago and Uppsala departments are jointly collaborating to develop these research avenues. The aspiration is to utilize this project as a pilot-phase project which will lay the ground for a larger application to European funding agencies towards the end of the project period.