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Public lecture: Using data to discover new insights into terrorism

QUT Gardens Point
P-419 (P Block, Level 4)

What is terrorism? What causes it? How does it spread? How do we prevent it? Join ACEMS for an insightful lecture into these fundamental questions faced by scholars and policymakers alike.

Join ACEMS (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers) for an insightful and challenging lecture on terrorism.

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon; it has existed in various forms throughout history. Despite this, it still presents a challenge to scholars and policymakers alike. Though the label terrorism is invoked frequently, there is little consensus about:

  • a reliable definition
  • its causes
  • how it spreads
  • how to prevent it

The Global Terrorism Database is an open-source publicly available database based on a published methodology containing over 180,000 records of terrorist events from 1970-2017. Using this data, we can explore issues around terrorism and discover new insights into the fundamental questions surrounding terrorism.

Light refreshments will be served at 6.30pm and the lecture will commence at 7pm.

About the speaker:

Dr. Gentry White is a Senior Lecturer at QUT's School of Mathematical Sciences and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at The University of Queensland, and was a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at The University of Queensland. Dr. White has written and published extensively on security relates issues.


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