One of the main projects includes updating the battle-deaths dataset with Nils Petter Gleditsch and Bethany Lacina. Another key project, led by Helga Hernes, addresses "Direct and indirect causes of death in war and armed conflict". This project seeks to explore how existing casualty datasets can be disaggregated by gender. Patrick will also be working on some side projects including a GIS study with Clionadh Raleigh on the relationship between natural disasters and conflict.
Other possible projects include power-laws in conflict-events data, conflict reciprocity in social networks analysis, and agent-based modeling for ethnic migration and conflict.