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King's College London

United Kingdom
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The Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) is based within the Department of War Studies, the largest European university group of scholars focused on research relating to all aspects of war, peace, security and international relations past, present and future.

CSDRG undertakes a wide range of research, policy, advisory, teaching and training activities related to conflict, security and development, enabling it to serve as a true bridge between academic scholarship and real world decision-making in these fields.
We also teach a world-leading Conflict, Security and Development MA programme and publish the Conflict, Security and Development journal.

The CSDRG is led by Professor Mats Berdal of the Department of War Studies

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Harvard Kennedy School

United States
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Urban violence, criminal justice, evidence-informed policy

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Universidad Icesi

Colombia
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My research focuses on the political causes and consequences of criminal governance and criminal violence, in particular: the impact of transitional justice on the levels of violent crime in new democracies / transitional societies; the impact of criminal territorial and population control in marginalized urban neighborhoods over political processes, such as elections; the conditions that enable criminal groups and politicians to cooperate in order to shape electoral outcomes in urban peripheries; the determinants of police militarization in Brazil; and how public opinion shapes police violence.

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New York University

United States
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Political economy, comparative politics, political psychology, legitimacy, social movements, coordination problems.

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Northeastern University

United States
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My focus of research is how network structural properties affect the functioning of diferent dark networks, as well as how to estimate the "real" network from incomplete data. The ongoing project is a horizontal study of the data collected on terrorist networks , criminal factions and other "dark networks" to check for statistical markers of hierarchy.

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Msc. Urban Development Planning student/University College London - UCL

United Kingdom
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My main interests are violence, conflict, post conflict and crime. I have researched about citizen security policies in Bogotá (Colombia) -my hometown-, internal drugs markets in Colombia, illegal economies, and urban development related to security.

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Baruch College, City University of New York

United States
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Urban governance and policing.

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Armed Conflict and Location Event Dataset, University of Sheffield

Spain
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Yemen researcher for ACLED through the University of Sheffield, tracking events of political violence, mostly in urban areas of Yemen and Syria.

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Durham Global Security Institute, University University
UK

United Kingdom
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My research concentrates on violent conflicts and wars, state dynamics, military and non-military interventions and post conflict reconstruction. Currently I explore the relations between violence and cities focusing on three areas: (1) taking a global perspective and building on global ethnography I comparatively explore the role violence plays in the emergence of urban ‘Badlands’ and the stigmatization of the Badland’s inhabitants; (2) I look into war induced urbanisation in Somalia from the viewpoint of the most vulnerable city newcomers, that is people who were displaced and moved into cities in search of safety and humanitarian support. This project is methodologically explorative as it combines visual and narrative approaches to explore sites that are not accessible to ethnographic research; (3) I currently start a new project that looks into the localization and materialization of international relations in urban infrastructures. In particular, I investigate how increased (global) connectivity through ports, roads and ICT infrastructures shapes urban politics in the Horn of Africa and I explore the differentiated impact these infrastructures have on the everyday of urban residents.

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Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
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Youth and Violence in Africa

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Safety Lab

South Africa
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gangs,violence,youth at risk

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Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

United States
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Nicholas Barnes is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests, broadly, include organized crime, political violence, social movements, and urban development in Latin America. His current book project, based on three years of field research in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, develops a theory of how and why drug-trafficking gangs have implemented varying governance regimes in these communities. His research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council’s Drugs, Security and Democracy in Latin America and the International Dissertation Research Fellowships as well as the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad.

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OECD

France
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(multi-dimensional) state fragility, tipping points to violence, the relationship between exclusion and violence, drivers and prevention of violent extremism, organised crime and fragile states, development interventions and their impact on violence (political, criminal, gang and extremist), conflict prevention, and the humanitarian-development-security nexus.

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King's College London
Uppsala University

Sweden
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My research examines links between domestic violence and urban violence, and in particular I look at religious + secular narratives around gender-based violence occurring both in public and in private spaces

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Professor of Security and Development
Department of War Studies
King's College London

United Kingdom
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A principal research project at the moment is a major study of the UN and the end of the Cold War, covering the immediate post-Cold War period and focusing in particular on the UN's involvement in the mitigation, containment and resolution of civil wars. Recent writings have focused on UN and the use of force; conceptual and practical issues raised by efforts implement the “responsibility to protect”, and the political economy of armed conflict. Other research interests include violence in post-conflict societies, strategy and the changing character of war.

Over the past two years I have also taken a special interest in the conflict in Afghanistan, and NATO’s involvement there since 2003. In 2015-16, I served as a Member of the “Commission of Inquiry on Afghanistan” set up by the Norwegian Government to evaluate Norway’s civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

Research activities in the pipeline include, in collaboration with my colleague Dr Kieran Mitton, a multidisciplinary project entitled “Approaches to Understanding Atrocity in War”. The project brings together leading experts in the study of violence – drawn from various academic disciplines and backgrounds - to conduct and publish original research on the problem of war-time atrocity.

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University of Bradford

United Kingdom
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Organised crime in Mexico. I am currently completing my PhD research into how non traditional approaches can be utilized in tackling organised crime violence

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University of St. Andrews

United Kingdom
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Political violence, genocide, and armed conflict and its impact in urban and rural areas. Peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding and their impact upon urban zones.

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Harvard University

United States
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I research how criminal organizations cooperate with politicians during elections. My work focuses on criminal organizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Adjunct Research Professor, SSI, USAWC
& Instructor, SCI, USC

United States
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Violent Non-State Actors (VNSAs), Blurring of Crime/War, Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics, Future War & Conflict, AI & Robotics, Urban Conflict, Advanced and Unconventional Weaponry, Red Teaming, Futures, Early Warning, 5th Dimensional (Cyber) Battlespace, Advanced CONOPS

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Collective for Social Science Research

Pakistan
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Urban Informality, violence, gender space, marginalization, residential security, unplanned settlements

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KCL

United Kingdom
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I am soon to begin my PhD at KCL that will explore how a favela (Rio) community responds to mega-event disruptions that destroyed its community-led projects and tourism initiatives through sustainable reconstruction and resilience. It will explore in detail the security aspects of the UPP and how this intervention has caused social and spatial divisions within the favela between them and the Red Command gang - an area that I hope to also write some publications on. I have a keen interest in favelas generally, as well as the gang culture. I have a tourism management background and have just successfully passed my MPhil at Anglia Ruskin University on 'Transformational resilience, resistance and social change: The role of creative social legacy initiatives in Rio's favelas'.

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PhD Student
University of California, San Diego

United States
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My research focuses on causes and consequences of political assassinations. I'm also interested in criminal governance and urban violence, including political consequences and motivations behind engaging in criminal activities.

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Rutgers University School of Social Work

United States
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My doctoral research examines Cambodian and Vietnamese families working at alcohol outlets in Philadelphia and how they are affected by alcohol policy and community mobilization aiming to prohibit security barriers in alcohol outlets.

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Department of War Studies
King's College London

United Kingdom
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Extralegal groups, Corruption and peacebuilding, Women in Politics.

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King's College London (Digital Humanities); Durham University (Global Security Institute)

United Kingdom
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My research currently has two different but relevant focuses. Firstly (with my media/culture studies hat on) I'm interested in the links between new media technologies and political violence in 'fragile state' contexts, namely Somalia. Secondly, as a post-doc researcher on a DFID/ESRC-funded 'Security on the move' project I'm part of a team researching the impact of forced displacement on urbanisation in different Somali cities and the security issues/violence faced by migrants.

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University of Arizona

United States
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Refugees and forced migration, civil conflict processes, government repression

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Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University

United States
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Organized crime; Criminal strategy; Political role of criminal groups; Private security; Mediation, DDR and desistance; Peace Operations; Peacebuilding; Human Trafficking; Development.

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Researcher at the Network of Public Security Observatories

Brazil
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Research interests include critical security studies in general, but specially themes related to the global making of policing, the transnational field of 'security professionals' and the relation between global and public security.

Currently works as researcher at the Network of Public Security Observatories, which is a research project that aims at democratically producing data regarding urban violence in five brazilian states. It also worked at the Federal's Intervention Observatory, project that accompanied the ten-month period in which Rio's public security sector was controlled by the Brazilian Army.

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Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Chile
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Public Policy Specialist with vast experience in citizen security, State reform in Latin America, strategic planning, prospective analysis, policy advice and public and private communications.
Skilled in organizing highly efficient teams in different national contexts. Effective at engaging with people of different backgrounds and experiences.
Sociologist with a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD. in Political Science. Has written books and articles in both national and foreign magazines and has taught classes and conferences about subjects related to strategic security, public policy and criminal justice in multiple countries.

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GLOBAL PSE

Switzerland
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Violent Crime

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The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Canada
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I work mainly on the governance of illegal markets, mainly drugs. I am interested in informal property rights and contracts, and informal dispute resolutions, as well as the entanglement of state regulation and private governance.

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University of Amsterdam

Netherlands
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Pirates, smugglers

Criminals in election violence

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Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana

Colombia
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El interés principal del investigador son los procesos de violencia urbana y criminalidad en latinoamérica, en ese sentido, el objetivo es investigar y profundizar de manera interdisciplinaria y cualitativa, los temas relativos a la Seguridad y a la violencia. Realizar análisis críticos sobre las apuestas de seguridad emprendidas por el Estado nacional en sus diferentes niveles administrativos y territoriales, dentro de un macro-molde preeminentemente hermenéutico. Asimismo, pretende comprender los diversos fenómenos violentos: tipologías, dinámicas, causas, derivaciones, encadenamientos y afectaciones a los Derechos Humanos de los habitantes. En ese sentido, las preguntas que se formulan desde la línea, más que buscar generalizaciones, leyes, “verdades”, posturas neutrales; se enfocan más bien, en interpretar y comprender fenómenos ubicados espacio-temporalmente. Como diría Pierre Bourdieu: “no lamentar, no reír, no detestar, sino comprender”.

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Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

United Kingdom
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As a social anthropologist, I am concerned with understanding urban inequalities and forms of political domination as contingent historical outcomes. I argue that marginality is not an economic or social condition produced by invisible hands, operating through invisible structures. Rather, present forms of subjugation are historical and political products contingent on how rights, privileges, and inequalities are codified and enforced in society. As such, my anthropological and ethnographic work in cities both examines how marginality and inequalities persist and, at the same time, explore how people’s moral and existential quests for better lives can help question subjugation and imagine novel forms of progressive urban politics.

With these concerns in mind, I carried out fieldwork first in Addis Ababa, then in my hometown Naples and lastly in Washington DC, where a number of my informants from Addis Ababa now live. My research has explored youth, uncertainty and life trajectories; the street economy and crime; migration; elections and authoritarianism ; urban politics ; entrepreneurship and micro-finance ; the debate on neoliberalism and ‘development alternatives’ ; community policing and political surveillance ; labour and the construction business; professional ethics and architecture practice; urban value and the right to the city

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Texas A&M University

United States
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I study the economics of crime and discrimination, with a particular focus on the effects of technology on public safety. Past and current work addresses topics such as DNA databases, gun violence, prisoner reentry, and the unintended consequences of “ban the box” policies.

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University of New South Wales

Australia
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My research focuses on the reduction of homicide rates in Medellin, Colombia. I am particularly interested in understanding the local dynamics of organized crime groups. My research also analyses the limitations of the most influential urban violence reduction and prevention approaches

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KU Leuven

Belgium
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Reintegration of Ex-Combatants, Political Violence and Armed Groups in Cities.

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Center for Peace and Security Studies
University of the Punjab
Lahore

Pakistan
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Terrorism, Strategy, Security of MNCs in emerging markets

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University of Toronto-Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

Canada
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PhD (Candidate) Adam Ellis was named a 2016 Vanier Scholar in support of his upcoming doctoral project, “Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence.” In 2018 Adam also became a top 25 SSHRC Storyteller with respect to his research on trauma, PTSD and gang violence. Adam’s doctoral work is inspired by his own lived experience within the gang sub-culture. Adam is not new to the field of criminology. With an MA in Immigration and Settlement from Ryerson University, he has worked on several research projects focusing on mental health and the law, including topics on gang violence, organized crime and refugee determination. He has provided consultancy on mental health and criminal justice-related issues with a variety of public and private institutions including the United Nations, At Home Chez Sois Project, the Provincial/Federal Courts, the Ontario Review Board, and community organizations interphasing between mental health and justice. Adam is currently developing his first edited text “Thug Criminology’ which will be published in 2019 through the University of Toronto Press. Adam is also currently developing a community program that seeks to disrupt inner-city gang violence through physical fitness, mentorship and trauma therapy.

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Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
University of California San Diego

United States
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I hold a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international relations and organization theory. I am currently working on a book based on my dissertation, entitled "Beyond Cartels and Kingpins: The Business of Drug Trafficking Organizations". I examine criminal organizations in their own right rather than assuming they are unitary, homogenous actors that mostly traffic illicit drugs. I advance a mid-level theory that identifies subtypes of structures—hierarchies and wheel networks—and explains when and why DTOs pursue additional criminal enterprises, the methods used in money laundering and their different propensities for violence.

In the last two years I have also served as a researcher and member of the executive team for the project “Co-constructing Security Provision in Mexico: A Methodology and Action Plan from Communities to the State” that seeks to develop local security agendas with community, civil and state actors in four cities severely affected by organized crime in Mexico: Acapulco, Apatzingán, Guadalupe and Tijuana.

While at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies I also help coordinate the U.S-Security Cooperation Taskforce that has prepared a whitepaper for Mexico's incoming administration to help ensure that policymakers are informed and prepared to continue cooperation efforts in a difficult phase in the bilateral relationship, particularly amid emerging challenges related to epidemic levels of opium use, the rise of new organized crime groups and violent crimes targeting ordinary citizens in Mexico.

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Ethiopia
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Industrial jobs creation
Unemployment-urban violence linkage
Politicization of Ethnicity and potential for conflict
Nationalism vs ethnicity

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Igarapé Institute

United Kingdom
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Violence induced displacement; organized crime; violence reduction strategies; conflict prevention and resolution.

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German Institute of Global and Area Studies GIGA-Hamburg and University of Marburg

Germany
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I am Doctoral candidate (Political Science) at the Phillips Universität Marburg and at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies GIGA-Hamburg. My dissertation consists of a comparative case study on the variation of violence and local governance in secondary cities of Colombia and El Salvador. My approach builds on the many insights proffered by the intersecting literature on urban theory, especially the critical perspective and the comparative gesture, and the spatial turn in Social Sciences. It also draws on the prolific literature on violence, criminal governance, and civil wars. Before starting my Ph. D., I worked as a researcher in both Chile and Colombia in projects related to borders and security, drug policies in Latin America, and Security Sector Reform in postwar contexts in Colombia and Central America.

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University of Manchester
Universidad de Guanajuato

Mexico
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Through a comparative study of two Mexican cities, and using participatory methods including transect walks, auto-photography and risk mapping assessments, my PhD research explored the perceptions of violence and insecurity and their link to urban space, highlighting the role that physical and spatial interventions play. A main finding of my research is that, while these interventions are seen by policy makers and city planners as an answer to violence, failing to include residents’ perceptions of violence and insecurity in the design and implementation of these responses limits their effectiveness and outcomes. Moreover, implementation of generic socio-spatial solutions in Mexican cities tends to obscure the real causes of violence, and in some cases, worsens residents’ feelings of insecurity. In this sense, urban planning seems to have exacerbated the experiences and manifestations of insecurity and violence.
Furthermore, using an adapted ecological framework for violence, my research contributes to looking at violence risks factors at different levels, whilst considering the effect of urban processes.

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University of California, Davis

United States
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. I am also a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network. Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.

My research focuses broadly on the political economy of conflict and development, with an emphasis on topics related to both criminal and political violence. Two key questions motivate my research: How does violent conflict influence individual behavior and institutional development? And how do institutions and policies, in turn, affect patterns of violent conflict? My regional expertise is in Latin America, but I have a wide interest in the study of crime and violence.

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Newcastle University

United Kingdom
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Stephen Graham is an academic and author who researches cities and urban life. He is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit and is based in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Professor Graham has a background in Geography, Planning and the Sociology of Technology. His research centres, in particular, on: (1) Vertical aspects of cities and urban life; (2) Links between cities, technology and infrastructure; (3) Urban aspects of surveillance; (4) The mediation of urban life by digital technologies; and (5) Links between security, militarisation and urban life.

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University of Kent

Belgium
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I study militancy in the Sahel region of Africa, and the intersection between insurgency organised crime and governance

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King's College London

United Kingdom
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My research focuses on the pacification program in Rio de Janeiro, and the conceptions and practices of citizenship from the top-down and bottom-up that it entails.
In addition I have worked as a practitioner in combating human trafficking and modern slavery as they take place both in and between urban and rural areas, in Africa and Europe.

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Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

United Kingdom
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Gupte’s research is on urban violence, poverty and development. His other research interests and expertise include urban inclusion, justice/security in informal settlements, and using GIS/GPS aided mobile data collection platforms for spatial research.

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Lund University

Sweden
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I mainly do research on the war-peace nexus, postwar cities (e.g. Belfast, Jerusalem, Mostar, Mitrovica, Nicosia, etc.) as well as how different forms of urban violence connect (or not) to armed conflict.

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Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Colombia
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Conflict, violence, networks

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Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Germany
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Civil-military relations; Militarisation; Policing

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Ohio State University

United States
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I study issues of violence, collective action, and race, primarily in urban areas in the United States.

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Macquarie University

Australia
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As an early career researcher my research interests constantly compete for attention. Although my work has focused on various conceptual and behavioural developments within the Australian right-wing extremist movement. I have recently come to look closely at right-wing extremist capacity for petty crimes and their contact with Australian constabulary forces. I am very interested in exploring the socio-cultural and operational side of Australian right-wing extremist groups, more so than their ideological underpinnings.

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PhD Student; University of Miami, Department of Sociology

United States
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Organized Crime, Violence, Insecurity and Migration in Central America; Violence and Conflict, IDP Reintegration in Colombia

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London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom
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My research interests primarily lie in the area of crime and urban disorder in the UK (and especially London), but I have also worked on projects on urban violence in Rio de Janeiro, and geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East.
I am currently working on my Masters thesis on the MSc International Social and Public Policy programme at LSE. My rough research question is as follows:
The art of the 'unpolitical' riot: how did British governments in 1981 and 2011 frame riots to reinforce their pre-existing agendas on urban policy ( / regeneration) ?
As a very brief introduction, I am looking at using the 1981 riots (predominantly Brixton/Toxteth/Moss Side) and 2011 riots (predominantly London) in England as case studies to argue for the importance of the aftermath of 'the riot' in relation to social policy aimed at those riotous areas and groups of people in the subsequent years. I'm exploring how both governments seized the moments after the riots to entrench narratives of an 'unpolitical' riot, i.e. "criminality pure and simple", (as well as ideas about moral degeneration, 'problem families', and in 2011 especially 'gang culture' ) to reinforce their pre-existing policy ambitions for those inner city areas (i.e. property-led urban regeneration / austerity urbanism).
I'm extremely keen to develop contact with researchers in UVRN in relation to this project, and indeed others beyond this summer.

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The Graduate Center, City University of New York

United States
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My research focuses on patterns of criminal interaction with the public sphere, such as coercion, terror, extortion, and legitimacy-building. My dissertation project examines narco-messages in Mexico. These are a primarily urban phenomenon; messages generally appear in areas where they are likely to receive substantial (formal and informal) media coverage. My methodological tendencies are towards qualitative and interpretive methods.

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King's College London

United Kingdom
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My research focuses on the interaction between transnational criminal organisations, communities and the state from a process based leadership perspective. Using a process leadership framework my research examines, the ability of transnational criminal organisations to secure the loyalty of communities over their commitment to the state. Using Jamaica Tivoli Gardens community and their interaction with Christopher Coke leader of Shower Posse Gang as a case study this research aims to unpack the intricate process leadership dimensions between the community, Coke and the state. I believe this research fits in well with notions of crime and conflict but more importantly urban violence particularly due to context surrounding the case study.

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Regional Intelligence Unit of the National Police, The Hague

Netherlands
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public order disturbances/riots as a tool of organized crime and/or political activists; competitive control in modern cities; informal power brokers; foreign influence/interference in public order sphere; policing cities against swarming & insurgency tactics. Asymmetric conflicts in urban setting.

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Sam Houston State University

United States
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Mexico, organized crime, illicit networks, immigration, etc.

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University of Jos Nigeria

Nigeria
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My research interests include local and international conflicts, ethnic militias, security, poverty, and identity issues. I am currently working on a PhD proposal titled ''Militias, Violence and Society in Post colonial Africa: A comparative study of Darfur, Sudan and North central Nigeria''. The currency or topicality of the research aligned to the interest and purpose of your topic.

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US Army Command and General Staff College

King's College London

United States
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Irregular War, urban insurgency, political violence.

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Kings College London

United Kingdom
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I'm doing a PhD on how public security programs effect the experience and perception of violence in Brazil and Colombia, particularly the cities of Medellin and Rio.

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Georgetown University

United States
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Vice, Drugs and Crime, Symbolic Violence, State Formation, Bureaucracy, Colonialism, Colonial Legacies

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Charles Sturt University

Australia
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I lecture and research in asymmetric and political violence. My PhD research examined the effects of State repression on popular support for insurgents and my Masters research explored vulnerabilities associated with martyrdom assault operations in urban areas. My research focus is on capability for operations in populated places, but I continue to examine insurgency and its countering, especially the Dhofar campaign and the PAVN in Kampuchea.

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University of Amsterdam

Netherlands
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Civilian Agency and Civilian Protection in Communal Conflicts and Civil War; Peacebuilding; Gender and Security

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Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town

South Africa
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Violence prevention; urban safety; policing; harms reduction; peacebuilding; arms control; disarmament

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African Centre for migration & society, wits university

South Africa
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Having work for years exploring urban violence across Africa. Am particularly concerned with the creation and regulation of the other through violent policing and vigilantism.

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Universidade de São Paulo
Instituto de Relações Internacionais
São Paulo
Brazil

Brazil
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Violence in Central- and South America
Corruption

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University College London

United Kingdom
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I hold a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Sorbonne, in which I specialised in urban sociology and theory of social movements. Subsequently, I completed an MSc in International Relations Theory from the LSE, where I mainly worked on critical approaches to conflict and security studies. I am currently studying my second master’s degree, in “Politics, Violence and Crime” in the Anthropology Department at UCL, where I aim to concentrate in ethnographic approaches to the securitisation of homelessness.

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Assistant Professor
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Mexico
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My research analyzes the impact of criminal violence on the exercise of democratic citizenship in Latin America, with central emphasis on Mexico.

My work examines how variations in the level of criminal violence condition the activation of civil society networks, citizen participation, and electoral accountability.

My research on the political consequences of criminal violence has pushed me to also better understand the logic and political causes of criminal activity.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio

Mexico
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My current research is on Demography and Violence: analysis of mortality and life expectancy in contexts of violence; small area estimation of homicides related to Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations; the effects and mechanisms of structural violence on population health; demographic processes since The Mexican War on Drugs began - homicides, crimes and internal forced displacement-.

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Harvard University

United States
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I study the politics of criminal organizations in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico and Central America. My main research project examines what I call "criminal electioneering": violent (and non-violent) attempts by criminal organizations to influence the outcome of democratic elections. Other research projects focus on crime and policing.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Political Science, Security Studies Program

United States
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My research agenda focuses on the competition between states and criminal organizations to control communities. In particular, I look at citizen-police cooperation in gang-contested communities, exploring how citizens make decisions about sharing information with the police. I have conducted fieldwork primarily in Lagos, Nigeria and Baltimore, Maryland.

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Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Department of War Studies
King's College London

United Kingdom
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I am currently developing a multi-country research project examining urban violence and youth in ‘non-war’ contexts, covering Brazil, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the UK. I give particular focus to evaluating the effectiveness of public health responses to urban violence, contrasting these with securitised responses.

My past research has examined the causes and shaping dynamics of extreme violence during conflict, with a particular focus upon the role of emotions and psychology at both individual and group level. I have also published on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of combatants; post-conflict reconciliation processes; and transnational organised crime in West Africa.

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University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies

United Kingdom
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Considering the politics of conflict-related property disputes in Mogadishu, Somalia. Interested in the spatial legacies of violence, contested memory, post-conflict urban reconstruction, and the politics of justice after war.

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Barnard College, Columbia University

United States
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I study urban criminal violence within cities in Latin America, but with a growing interest in South and East Africa. My current work focuses on forms of collective resistance to criminal victimization under protection rackets run by organized crime.

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Universidad Iberoamericana

Mexico
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Ethnographies of crime and insecurities. My dissertation project is an ethnographic study about the impact of urban violence in Ecatepec, which is, according to many sources, one of the most violent cities in México.

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The British Academy

United Kingdom
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Violence/Urban Violence

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King’s College London

United Kingdom
Research Interests:

The nature and causes of riots

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Director of Research
Igarapé Institute

Brazil
Research Interests:

Smart cities, urban security, migration and new technologies.

Robert Muggah co-founded the Igarapé Institute – a think and do tank working on data-driven safety and justice across Latin America and Africa, where he is currently the director of research. He also co-founded the SecDev Foundation and Group – organizations devoted to cyber security and the digital economy, especially in the Middle East and Eurasia, and South Asia regions. He consults with governments, the UN, World Bank and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, and climate change. He has also developed open source body cameras for police accountability and predictive crime dashboards.

In addition to his work at Singularity University, Robert is also associated with the University of Oxford, the University of San Diego, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Graduate Institute Switzerland. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Stability and is on the editorial boards of several prominent journals. Dr. Muggah serves as a senior adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank, UN agencies, and the World Bank. He routinely advises national and city governments, international organizations and civil society groups on security and development. Between 2012 and 2013 he was an adviser to the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda and in 2016 he was nominated by the UN Secretary General to serve on an expert panel for Youth, Peace and Security.

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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Uganda
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My main research interests are:
1. Urban transport, focusing on informal transport like motorcycle taxis, and tuk tuk.
2. Urban violence and crime (as a core characteristic of informality e.g. among motorcycle and other taxi operators, slum life/dwellers).
3. Urban politics (and its violences)
4. Urban informality (livelihoods, markets, consumption)
5. Urban space (practices of use of space; ).
6. Sociology of risk and disasters
7. Decentralized governance

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Royal Danish Defence College

Denmark
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I am specialised in political anthropology with a focus on security, policing and urban governance.

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Research Coordinator of Network of the Observatories of Public Security

Brazil
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Develops researches related to the public policy of security, citizenship, sociability and violence in Rio de Janeiro favelas, evaluation of social projects besides some consultancies. It develops researches in the area of media, social representations and agenda, related to the issues of violence, policing and favelas in Rio.
Areas of Interest: Violence, Urban Conflicts, Media, Policing, agenda-setting, social representations.

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Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

Switzerland
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Interested in understanding how violence is reduced. Topics: Reintegration of ex-combatants, urban violence reduction, consequences of terrorism and statebuilding. Focus on Latin America and particularly Colombia

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University of Leeds

United Kingdom
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My current research interests focus upon the transnational dynamics of crime, policing and security. I am particularly interested in intersecting trends towards commodification of security and transnationalisation of policing. At present I have particular research interests in: kidnapping and violent absence; transnational policing; pluralization of high policing; branding security; colonial policing; and, policing across the Lusophone community.

From 2016-2019, I will be PI of the Newton Fund (Mexico) project, ‘Mobile Solutions to the Mexican Kidnapping Epidemic: Beyond Elite Counter-Measures, Towards Citizen-Led Innovation.’ This project aims to contribute towards more sustainable security in the face of Mexico’s pervasive kidnapping threat. It also contains a specific work package on the transborder dynamics of kidnapping and how these cases of violent absence affected transborder metropolitan hubs such as El Paso/Juarez and San Diego/Tijuana. Previously, I was part of an international and interdisciplinary team researching ‘Policing and Urban Imaginaries: New Security Formats in Southern Cities’ (FAPESP/FCT) and have also conducted research into the circulation of security solutions to urban violence (notably the pacification model developed in Rio de Janeiro).

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University of Toronto

Canada
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My research looks at state power, violence and state-society conflicts. In particular, state's outsourcing of violence through "thugs-for-hire" to implement policy and repress.

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Mexico
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My research interests focus on citizen security, police reform, transnational organized crime, and criminal justice system, all of them with gender, youth, and human rights approach. Nevertheless, using top - bottom and bottom - up methodologies in issues related to anti-money laundering are my main interest above all. I hold a PhD in Urban Studies, an LLM and a BSc in Sociology all of them summa cum laude. I was distinguished as a Fulbright and Lincoln Institute scholar due to my doctoral dissertation that studies criminal economy in Tijuana, México.

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School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

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I study political and criminal violence in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, Colombia, and Central America. I primarily use computer-generated event data and experiments.

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Universidad del Rosario

Colombia
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Terrorism, insurgency, transnational organized crime, weapons of mass destruction, radicalism, counterinsurgency, internal conflicts.

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Independent Researcher

Philippines
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For the past year, along with colleagues, theatre writer, Mixkaela Villalon and conflict
specialist, Ica Fernandez, I have been doing research on the effect of the Philippine
war on drugs on various aspects of social life, particularly on the part of the poor.
With the objective of reaching a wider audience, we released the first output of the
study as a journalistic piece published in partnership with the Philippine Centre for
Investigative Journalism, with Dean Sheila Coronel of the Columbia School of Investigative Journalism serving as one of our mentors.

The research work to look into the different facets of the Philippine drug war is an on-
going project. In partnership with different groups, mostly non-government organizations and church-based groups, for data collection, this research paved way
for us to personally interact with victims of the extrajudicial killing and it showed how
the Duterte administration is using punitive approaches to address the alleged
problem of drug use. These interactions further highlighted the need to have policies
that would look at drug use as a health condition and not as a crime. Joining this
workshop would enable me to gain a deeper understanding on the intersections
between drug policy, human rights and development. Further, the learnings will serve
as input to the continuous effort to collect empirical evidence on the effects of
punitive drug policies on the people, particularly the marginalized.

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CEPT University

India
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Urban development induced displacement and impoverishment, informal settlements and affordable housing policies and programs, participatory governance

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Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

Germany
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Janina Pawelz conducts research on political, collective and urban violence, social peace and radicalisation with a special focus on youth, youth violence and non-violent conflict transformation.Currently she works on radicalization in the Salafist and extreme right spectrum. Her main focus is on researching these phenomena in social media. Further research interests in the field of peace and security are dynamics of violence, gangs and transformation processes of violent groups as well as forms of legitimacy and control of armed actors and their claim to power and exercise of power from a comparative perspective. For her doctoral thesis on the transformation of violent groups, she spent six months conducting field research in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean where she interviewed members of violent groups. She is interested in empirical methods, field research, development cooperation and monitoring&evaluation.

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University of Cape Town
Seattle University

United States
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Focus on policing urban areas in South Africa, namely Townships. Comparative criminology between urban areas in Ireland and South Africa

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University of Brighton

United Kingdom
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My research is in the areas of criminology, violence, policing and insecurity. My previous work has focused on the politics of crime control, justice and human rights, critical theory, theorising social inequalities relating to class, gender and ethnicity in the context of Brazil. My research has been published in academic journals such as Contemporary Social Science, the Bulletin for Latin American Research and the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

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Monash GPS, Monash University

Australia
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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security Centre. My research focuses on insurgent governance and legitimation activities, political violence and organise crime, and insurgent women. My PhD dissertation examined why the Colombian government alternated between counterinsurgency and negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Based on an extensive examination of negotiation documents and primary FARC material, fieldwork and interviews with former and active FARC, ELN, M-19 and AUC members, I critically examined the role that insurgent legitimation activities had on influencing Colombian government response between 1982-2016. I am also currently working on the Colombian case study for the ARC Linkage Project, hosted by Monash GPS, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Mapping Gender Provisions in Peace Agreements”, which seeks to understand the role that gender provisions in peace agreements play in shaping women's participation in conflict affected sites. I focus on the gender provisions in the 2016 Peace Agreement with the FARC, their ongoing implementation, and their impact on women's participation. I currently serve on the editorial board for the journal, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

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CIDE

Mexico
Research Interests:

Militant organizations, criminal violence, vigilantism

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PhD student, University of Nottingham, Center for Conflict, Security and Terrorism affiliated.

United Kingdom
Research Interests:

My main field of research is the Crime Terror Nexus one. During my past work experiences I have conducted on field researches in the Neapolitan neighbour of Scampia analysing the role of the local activists in opposing to the camorra. I have also conducted some researches on the radicalisation processes in suburban contexts. I'm currently conducting researches about the impact of privatisation of policing in UK and on the influence exercised by Mafias' money laundering activities in the urban architecture.

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SOAS, University of London
University of Melbourne

United Kingdom
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Research on militias and paramilitary groups in Rio de Janeiro through a geographically informed lens of political settlements

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Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Italy
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Researcher at Center on Transnational Organized Crime (CECOT-Universidad Nacional de La Plata), Member of the Migration and Citizenship Committee (IPSA). Research interest: Transnational Security Governance, Peripheries, Borders, Urban Violence, Armed Conflict, Illicit Economies, Organized Crime (Trafficking, Smuggling and Drug Cartels). Regions of interest: Latin America and Africa.

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