- PhD and MA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BS and BA, The Florida State University
- Dr. Scott Edwards is Project Manager for the Science for Human Rights project at Amnesty International, USA (AIUSA). His dissertation, “A Composite Theory and Practical Model of Forced Displacement,” advances a computational model of flight for purposes of forecasting humanitarian crises, and current research activity focuses on early warning/risk assessment models. Prior to his current post, Scott served as AIUSA's Country Specialist on Sudan from 2003-2008.
Dr. Edwards’ areas of interest include violent political conflict, forced displacement, and complex humanitarian crises.
Work In Progress
- “Advanced Social Science Methodology in Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy.”
- “Unseen Audiences Effects on Conflict Duration: Human Rights Advocacy and Conflict in Sudan,” with Alexandra Budabin.
- “Counterfactuals in Advocacy: Measuring NGO Signaling Effects on Regime Counterinsurgency Behavior,” with John Sulik.
- “Network Facility Location for Introduction of Relief Aid in Darfur: Selecting Air-drop Sites for Optimal Relief Distribution,” with John Sulik & Charles Layman.
- “Satellite Image Feature Extraction in Darfur: Practical Geospatial Applications in the Documentation of Human Rights Abuses,” with John Sulik. (Under review.)
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Charles Merriam Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- The Chaos of Forced Migration: A Modeling Means to a Humanitarian End. 2009. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing.
- "Accounting for the Unaccounted: Weak-Actor Social Structure in Asymmetric Wars" (with Mike Findley). International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 51, Number 3, 2007.
- “The Use of Computational Tools in Predicting and Assessing Forced Displacement” (2008) Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 347-359.
- "Desertification in Darfur: Weighing the Benefits of International Development and the Risks of Social Breakdown in Environmental Migration." Forced Migration Review, Issue 31, October 2008