Working group 3: Data on Nuclear Rivalries, Negotiations, and Agreements

The purpose of Working Group 3 is to identify needs for new data and gaps in existing data on issues related to nuclear weapons, and then to develop new data to meet those needs and fill those gaps. Through a systematic mapping of the data available in a number of areas of interest, we have identified a set of key areas where we think we can make important contributions to data that will facilitate research on nuclear rivalry, proliferation, crises and escalation processes, and treaty negotiation processes.

Based on the mapping exercise we will start by prioritizing three related issues: nuclear rivalry, proliferation, and crises/escalation processes. The fourth area for which we have identified a large data gap is treaty negotiation processes, where there is currently no systematic data. We foresee that producing new data in this area will require more conceptual development as well as turning conceptualization into operational definitions and coding schemes, pilot studies, etc.

Working group leader: Margareta Sollenberg and Magnus Öberg

Dr Margareta Sollenberg received her PhD in Peace and Conflict Research in 2012. She is currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), and Researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Dr Margareta Sollenberg has broad experience in all aspects related to data collection on peace, conflict and international relations for quantitative studies, and she has used a wide range of data in her own research. She has been involved with the UCDP since 1994 and was one of the PIs of the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset, 1946-2001 (Gleditsch et al 2002), one of the most well-cited datasets in the discipline. Dr Margareta Sollenberg’s main research interests are the causes of war, the political economy of war, the human impact of war, and conflict data.

Dr Magnus Öberg received his Phd in Peace and Conflict Research in 2003. Öberg is currently the Director of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, where he served as Head of Department 2012-2017. Dr Magnus Öberg’s main research interests are the causes of war, escalation processes, the human impact of war and conflict data.

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