Summer School: Big Data for Peace 6-17 July 2015


This summer school is for professionals and students with a keen interest in the impact of Big Data for the international peace & justice sector. 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. No prior IT knowledge is required.

At the end of the 2-week programme, you will havegained 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. The course is designed in a way that it supports cross-disciplinary learning and encourages networking during the course with peers in The Hague.


The 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: these are structured in a way that theory, think and action labs are well-balanced throughout each block.


Teachers come from Leiden University, MIT, Stanford University, New York University and Harvard University.

For the think labs you will meet a select group of inspiring practitioners working in data-driven innovation.


€ 750 for students.

€ 1200 for professionals.

Fees include: catering, summer school dinner and cocktail reception.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.

We offer sponsorships to selected candidates from non-OECD countries.

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Last Modified: 28-05-2015