Luke AbbsLink opens in a new window
Residential Fellow (2019-20)
Essex University, UK
Visiting February 2020
Luke is a researcher at the BLG Data Research Centre, based at the University of Essex and Research Fellow at the Department of Government. At the BLG Data Research Centre we deploy applied analytics to inform key policy questions, turning data into knowledge and knowledge into impact.
His expertise is in prediction, using statistical methods and supervised machine learning techniques. His role is two-fold: to inform policy questions from local government and charities and to aid the prediction of political conflict within the academic field of political science.
His policy role involves engagement with stakeholders such as Essex County Council and Essex Police, exploring a range of policy questions and data analysis related to crime, health and economic growth. This also includes providing training provided to stakeholders, which is also provided through the Centre.
Luke's current academic research agenda is focused on developing two important bodies of conflict research. The first focuses on analysing armed violence and the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping. This currently consists of the analysis of political violence, militias and UN peacekeeping across Darfur, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second explores the emergence and dynamics of nonviolent resistance campai