- Postdoctoral Fellow
Laura Courchesne completed her Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her research is focused on the use of information and communications technologies by state militaries and non-state armed groups during combat. In particular, she is interested the diversity of approaches employed by non-state armed groups to weaponize social media. She is also broadly interested in the organizational adaptations of armed groups in response to changing conflict conditions.
Previously, Laura was a Research Fellow at the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University. She is currently the Co-Founder and a Co-Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Conflict. Since 2020, she's taught on armed group use of social media with the UN Systems Staff College. She's also consulted for Google's Jigsaw and Schmidt Futures.