Welcome to our website. We are an interdisciplinary, global research network of scholars working on urban violence. Our goal is to connect scholars, organize workshops, create collaboration opportunities among network members, and increase the visibility of our members’ work.


If you are a researcher working on urban violence or related issues (e.g., criminal violence, police violence, or the war on drugs), feel free to join our network by signing up here. Please note that we can only approve your membership if you are researching clearly related issues.
We particularly seek a membership that reflects the diversity of research, researchers, and global contexts associated with this subject, and warmly welcome applications from every continent.


MittonKieran Mitton is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he is also Research Director of the Conflict Security & Development Research Group (CSDRG). His current research explores drivers of urban violence in Brazil, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the UK, and evaluates contrasting public health and securitised interventions.

DebLabLivLivia Isabella Schubiger is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. At Duke, she is a faculty member of the Department of Political Science and the DevLab@Duke. Her current research examines consequences of state violence and grassroots responses to criminal and political violence, with a particular focus on Latin America.

Communications Manager

profile_photo-190x190Andrea Varsori is a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Editor-in-Chief of Strife Journal and Blog. His research explores the evolution of urban armed groups, and in particular how resilience is linked with changes in their structure, relations, and territoriality. His current focus is on the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil.