Data - we all need it and there is so much we do not know about. Here’s a list with some resources for spatial data that I have used in my research. If you have further links to share, please drop me a mail and I will add it to the list. Thanks!


Nightlights


Geocoded Surveys


Geographic Variables


Country Shapes (including Admin-1 and -2)


Population Grid


Ethnic Maps Africa


Conflict Data


Satellite Imagery


Resources and Mining


Further Data Collections


Software

R is a wonderful software and also extremely powerful when it comes to spatial data analysis. The main packages in R to get familiar with are ‘sp’ https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/sp/sp.pdf for vectorized representations of spatial data and ‘raster’ https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/raster/raster.pdf for spatial grids. But there is so much more and it is growing every day. Here are some links to tutorials to get you started with GIS in R: