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Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia

PI: Joshua Busby - University of Texas, Austin

Year selected for award: 2014

Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia

Principal Investigator: Joshua Busby, University of Texas, Austin

Year of Award: 2014-2018

Project Description:
The Robert Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) project brings together researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, and Development Gateway, to explore the causes and dynamics of complex emergencies in Asia and options for building government capacity to prevent and respond to such situations. The project focuses on six countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and five countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). CEPSA’s qualitative and quantitative methods include: (1) modeling climate-related disaster vulnerability using Geographic Information Systems; (2) coding and mapping conflict events in real-time by extending the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) to high-risk Asian states; (3) conducting risk assessments and forecasting using geospatial analytics; (4) mapping aid flows to identify disaster response capacity; (5) conducting consultations and fieldwork to collect primary data, ground-truth conceptual tools and models, and implement case studies; and (6) designing mapping and analytical tools to facilitate the use of CEPSA research in policy planning and response.

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Select Publications:
Briefs: These concise summaries of current CEPSA research focus on conflict, complex emergencies, climate hazards and disasters, and governance issues impacting countries in South and Southeast Asia. These research briefs discuss ongoing program research, findings, and next steps.
Codebooks: CEPSA codebooks provide detailed information on data collection, coding procedures, and the methodologies underlying all datasets supported by the program.
Reports: CEPSA reports explore a range of issues under study on the program, providing a more detailed discussion of ongoing program research and findings.