Social conflicts like racism, oppression, and violence exist across cultures. Yet to date, there have been no concerted efforts to explore and visually represent the psychological and cognitive underpinnings of these conflicts. Through their Psychological Geographies project, Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab measures and maps these underpinnings, enabling earlier and more effective diagnosis of social conflict.
Psychological Geographies combines data visualization and GIS technology with psychometrics and neuroscience tools to map indicators of conflict potential in vulnerable communities. The team creates psychological maps that provide comprehensive conflict information for humanitarian policy and decision makers.
- The solution uses a unique application of three distinct features: neuroscience, conflict prevention and peace building, and GIS technologies.
- Psychological Geographies can be used to inform policy interventions for mental and social health.
- Production of the first biological and social cognition maps of one of the world’s largest refugee camps
- Use of maps as a diagnostic tool for community-level counter-extremism
- Develop a for-profit wing of Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab
- Ongoing efforts to expand projects to new geographies
- Launch workplace readiness mapping of refugee populations in Greece and Turkey
Psychological Geographies current partnerships include:
- Contracts with City of Boston, Questscope, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps
- Funding from Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation
- Research with One America Movement and the Tony Blair Institute
- Collaboration with MeWeSyria
- Partnership with GIS for Peace
Psychological Geographies seeks:
- Collaboration with big data and analytics experts
- Connection to health technology leaders
- Distribution partners with humanitarian organizations
Boston, MA, USA
- Michael Niconchuk Senior Researcher, Beyond Conflict