Conflict Ecology is a geospatial research lab led by Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor of Geography at Oregon State University. Conflict Ecology is also part of The 22nd Century Survival Project.

Our team is concerned with issues at the intersection of political ecology and landscape ecology. We employ mixed methods approaches to examine how political power and violent social conflict are manifest in land cover change from the settlement's edge to across countries and continents, how climate vulnerability influences short- and long-term land use decision-making, and how human agency persists throughout conflict, disaster, and climate change.

We work across spatial and temporal scales with Earth-observing satellite, climate model, conflict event, and human displacement data, and examine how power is embedded in these datasets.

We collaborate with academics, humanitarian agencies, think tanks, and NGOs. Our work has been published in academic journals and policy reports, and has been funded by NASA Applied Sciences, NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change, and National Geographic.


February 2020

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July 2019

June 2019

  • Hannah Friedrich successfully defended her Master's thesis, Breaking Ground: Automating the Detection of Refugee Settlement Establishment and Growth through Landsat Time Series Analysis with a Case Study in Northern Uganda, in front of a packed room. Way to go, Hannah!
  • Jamon Van Den Hoek presented on Remote Sensing Principles & Theory for Humanitarian Applications at Harvard Humanitarian Iniatiative's Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Programs Workshop
  • The interactive platform on political landscape transformations across Palestine and Israel, Conquer and Divide, produced in collaboration with B'Tselem and Forensic Architecture is online
  • Jamon Van Den Hoek joined Adrian Lahoud and Nidhi Mahajan in Wadi Rum, Jordan, in conversation around The Rights of Future Generations as part of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial in collaboration with Columbia University's Studio-X Amman

May 2019

April 2019


  • The crowdsourced data collection underlying our Mapping the Missing Millions project was featured in Terra magazine
  • Jamon Van Den Hoek was interviewed in The Atlantic on using nighttime lights imagery for modeling poverty