Landmine Action UK used the Taback Coupland method to generate data on the characteristic patterns of the violence perpetrated by the use of explosive devices. Their work is an example of how this method can be adapted and applied to a specific issue for policy relevant research.
The findings from this work provide a description of the humanitarian and development harm from the use of explosive weapons, whether mass-produced ordnance or improvised explosive devices. The key findings from the report are:
Explosive violence is geographically widespread, but with intensive incidence in a few contexts;
Incidents of explosive violence generally produce multiple deaths and injuries.
Explosive violence kills and injures significant numbers of people who are not combatants;
Attacks with explosive weapons in populated areas are linked to elevated levels of civilian harm;
In attacks in populated areas, civilians make up the great majority of victims.
The reports includes reference to other case studies and international norms and highlights that explosive weapons are widely rejected for the purposes of domestic law enforcement partly because of the indiscriminate effects they cause. Civilian ownership is almost universally prohibited.
The report includes recommendations of how to work towards stronger international norms on the use of explosive weapons by laying out key arguments for the debate, calling for transparency, accountability and recognition of the rights of victims. link
The data from the report has been used to comment on the UN Secretary General's report on protection of civilians. link.