Olivier Walther

Ph.D.

  • Alsion 2

    6400 Sønderborg

    Denmark

20032020

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Personal profile

Curriculum

Olivier J. Walther is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and an Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Florida. At SDU, he is affiliated with both the Center for Border Region Studies (CBRS) and the Center for War Studies (CWS). 

In the last twelve years, my research has focused on the development of cross-border trade and the emergence of transnational political violence in West Africa. I have conducted fieldwork in Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Mauritania and Ghana. My research has pioneered the introduction of social network analysis to the study of borderlands in West Africa. I have served as a lead investigator or collaborator on externally funded research projects from the United Nations, NASA, the European Commission, the European Spatial Planning Observatory, the Danish Agency for Science and Technology and the Luxembourg National Research Fund.

Currently, I am coordinating the West Africa research program of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with a core objective to better understand trade and political insecurity in the region.

Research teaching areas

- Security and Conflict: Cross-border conflicts and terrorism in West Africa
- International Trade: Regional integration in West Africa
- Economic Geography: Cross-border city regions in Europe
- Quantitative Methods: Social Network Analysis

My personal website: https://olivierwalther.net/

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD

External positions

Visiting Associate Professor, University of Florida

Jul 2017 → …

Visiting Professor, Rutgers University

20152017

Research areas

  • Security and Conflict
  • Cross-Border Conflicts and Terrorism
  • International Trade
  • Regional integration in Africa
  • European Border Regions
  • Cross-border city regions
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Network Analysis

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Introduction: States, borders and political violence in Africa

    Walther, O. J. & Miles, W. F. S., 2018, African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations. Walther, O. J. & Miles, W. F. S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 1-13 (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPreface/postscriptResearch

  • Applying Social Network Analysis to Terrorist Financing

    Leuprecht, C. & Walther, O., 2018, The Palgrave Handbook on Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law. King, C., Walker, C. & Gurulé, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 945-966

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  • Empowering Women in West African Markets: Case Studies from Kano, Katsina (Nigeria) and Maradi (Niger)

    Hoffmann, L., Melly, P. & Walther, O., 2018, World Food Programme. 113 p. (VAM Gender and Markets Study, Vol. 7).

    Research output: Monograph/anthology/thesis/reportReportCommissioned

  • Spatial and temporal diffusion of political violence in North and West Africa

    Skillicorn, D., Walther, O., Zheng, Q. & Leuprecht, C., 2018, African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations. Walther, O. & Miles, W. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 87-112 (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    Executive Committee of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) (External organisation)

    Olivier Walther (Member)

    1. Jun 2016 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of commitees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    DASTI Workshop on Transnational Extremist Organizations

    Olivier Walther (Participant)

    19. Sep 201620. Sep 2016

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

    African Governance and Space (AFRIGOS) (External organisation)

    Olivier Walther (Member)

    20162020

    Activity: MembershipMembership of commitees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Member of editorial board of Connections (External organisation)

    Olivier Walther (Member)

    Jun 2015 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of commitees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    7th European Conference on African Studies

    Olivier Walther (Organizer)

    Jul 2017

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Projects

    Press / Media

    Grænseværn er et dyrt og dårligt tiltag mod terror

    Gerd Battrup & Olivier Walther

    19/11/2015

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Prizes

    Dudley Seers Prize

    Walther, Olivier (Recipient), 23. May 2016

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

    Teaching & Supervision

    Social Networks

    Olivier Walther & Susanne Gretzinger

    01/09/201531/01/2018

    Course: Teaching

    Contemporary Perspectives in Border Regions

    Steen Bo Frandsen & Katarzyna Stoklosa

    01/09/201431/01/2018

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    Social Networks

    Olivier Walther

    17/09/201718/12/2017

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    New Wars and Conflict

    Sten Rynning & Olivier Walther

    01/02/201630/06/2017

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    Economic Geography

    Olivier Walther &

    02/09/201623/05/2017

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching