Netherlands, The Hague

Big Data for Peace

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 750

Peace informatics is about the latest trends in Big Data and the impact these have on the peace & justice sector in the coming years.
The summer school programme consists of three thematic tracks:

Policy - what changes because public authorities now have new means to address peace & justice?
Behaviour - what changes in peace & justice because of people using more digital technologies?
Governance & Ethics - what are the consequences for regulatory frameworks and oversight?

Our educational approach includes theory labs, think labs and action labs.
Each thematic track runs as a separate block of 3 consecutive days; these are structured in a way that theory, think and action labs are well-balanced throughout each block.

Day 1: Introduction
Days 2-4: Policy
Days 5-7: Behaviour
Days 8-10: Governance & Ethics

Course leader

Teaching staff for theory and action labs comes from Leiden University (Peace Informatics Lab, Leiden Centre of Data Science, elaw, Institute for Public Administration), Stanford University (H-STAR) and New York University (GovLab).
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Target group

This summer school is for professionals and students* with a keen interest in the impact of Big Data for the international peace & justice sector. The course is designed in a way that it supports cross-disciplinary learning and encourages networking during the course with peers in The Hague. No prior IT knowledge required.
* MA. PhD, post docs in humanities, in social, political, economic or data science

Course aim

You will learn about the latest trends in data-driven innovation, about the lessons learned thus far regarding Big Data in the sector, and how to apply new methodologies to collect, analyse and disseminate data streams. At the end of the 2-week programme, you will have gained an in-depth overview of current and potential developments vis-à-vis Big Data for peace. During the action labs you will tackle concrete case studies that help you to appreciate the limits and opportunities of peace informatics.

Credits info

Participants will receive a certificate of Leiden University upon completion of the Summer School.

Fee info

EUR 750: Students (25% discount if you register before 15 April)
EUR 1250: Professionals (25% discount if you register before 15 April)


If you are unable to cover the fee, you can submit a fee waiver request (letter of motivation) to