The Network

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

Who can join?

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. A key aim is to foster greater exchange between scholars, policy-makers and practitioners. We believe that this critical topic is in need of such a broad dialogue. For this reason, the network is open to researchers in the public sector (e.g. police and government). This is part of our effort to welcome different and even opposing viewpoints as part of a mutually constructive debate.

Help us promote your work

Do you have a new publication that would be of interest to our members?
Are you announcing a call for papers or organising a conference panel?
Get in touch with us at info@urbanviolence.org and let us know!
We’re keen to promote new research on urban violence and stimulate greater discussion between academics, public sector researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.


Kieran 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. He cofounded the Urban Violence Research Network in 2018.

Zoha Waseem is a Research Fellow at the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London (UCL). She holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She researches on urban securitisation and policing, with a particular interest in police cultures, militarisation, informal practices, and ethnic and religiously-motivated violence. Currently, her research focuses on Karachi in particular, and South Asia more generally.

Andrea Varsori is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Huddersfield. He holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research explores the evolution of urban armed groups and uncovers the links between their resilience and changes in their structure, relations, and territoriality. His current focus is on the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil. 

Coordinating Assistant

DSC_0007_editedCatharine Helmers is a recent MA graduate from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research within the International Conflict Studies program focused on violence and atrocities, particularly within the context of Sub-Saharan African civil wars. She is interested more broadly in issues of genocide, violence against civilians, and urban policing practices.

Network Assistant

Amber Holland Amber Bio Photois a current MA student in the Conflict, Security and Development program within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her research interests relate to the importance of collective memory, the crime/terror nexus and depiction, and experiences of women during conflict.

– We are currently updating our staff list


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