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Scott Edwards Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

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.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • 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