- Middle East
- Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Cooperative Peacebuilding
Robert R. Sauders is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Eastern Washington University. His research and teaching revolve around the fields of political anthropology, political geography, and geographic information systems (GIS). He is engaged in the study of transnational activism, cooperative peace-building, the dynamics of space and place, and community-based research.
Dr. Sauders’ expertise is centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this area of research, he has conducted extensive fieldwork with transnational activist groups, cooperative peace-building initiatives, human rights organizations, and non-governmental entities. His work illuminates the multifaceted social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of this long-standing conflict, offering insights that may lead to conflict resolution and mitigation for the affected parties.
Through the utilization of geographic information systems (GIS), Dr. Sauders examines how geospatial data forms the foundation for assessing and analyzing a wide range of social, political, and economic issues affecting communities. His GIS analyses have been applied to diverse subjects, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Occupy Wall Street movement, policing concerns in San Francisco, and homelessness policies in Spokane.