Geo-referencing of Ethnic Groups

Geo-referencing of Ethnic Groups

Up to date version of this dataset can be found at

Whether qualitative or quantitative, contemporary civil-war studies have a tendency to over-aggregate empirical evidence. In order to open the black box of the state, it is necessary to pinpoint the location of key conflict parties. As a contribution to this task, this data project geo-references ethnic groups around the world. Relying on maps and data drawn from the classical Soviet Atlas Narodov Mira, the “Geo-referencing of ethnic groups” (GREG) dataset employs geographic information systems (GIS) to represent group territories as polygons.

The GREG dataset consists of 8969 polygons and is provided in ESRI shapefile format.


[GREG shapefile] [List of groups]

Please refer to the online appendix (see below) for details about the dataset (format, variables etc).



[JPR article] [online appendix] [replication code (R)]


When using the GREG data for your research, please cite

Weidmann, Nils B., Jan Ketil Rød, and Lars-Erik Cederman. 2010. "Representing Ethnic Groups in Space: A New Dataset". Journal of Peace Research 47(4): 491–99.


Nils B. Weidmann, University of Konstanz

Jan Ketil Rød, NTNU Trondheim

Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zurich