Conflict Ecology is a geospatial research lab led by Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor of Geography at Oregon State University.

We examine how political power and agency are expressed through and affected by changes in the natural and built environment in humanitarian and conflict settings, and use large volumes of geospatial and satellite image data, geospatial modeling, spatial statistics and machine learning to do so.

We use theoretical frameworks from land use science, landscape ecology, and political ecology to (i) map short- and long-term land cover changes resulting from armed conflict and forced displacement, (ii) understand place-based relationships between environmental change and peace and conflict processes and outcomes, and (iii) document the persistence of human agency throughout conflict, disaster, and climate change. These themes shape a graduate research course, The Geography of Survival, offered in Winter terms.

We collaborate with academics, humanitarian agencies, think tanks, and NGOs. Our work has been published in a diverse group of academic journals and research reports, and has been funded by NASA Applied Sciences, NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, among others.