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John Spencer

Chair of Urban Warfare Studies/Modern War Institute

United States
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Research military operations in urban areas, urban warfare, trends of urbanization, population growth, and rising urban violence

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Kirsti Stuvøy

Noragric, Department of international environment and development studies

Norway
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My main research focus at the moment is to study global-local interconnections from the perspective of cities. I do this concretely by focusing on violence and dynamics of violence and (in)security across cities. Currently I work in collaboration with Dr Jutta Bakonyi, Durham University, in an international project comparing city development from the perspective of displaced people across four Somali cities. The project website is www.securityonthemove.co.uk
With Dr Bakonyi I have recently organise a number of scientific workshops and conference panels/sections on violence and capitalism in the city (ECPR 2018, EISA2018, among them).
I just received funding from the Norwegian research council to study the post-socialist city from the perspective of migrants and urbanites experiencing deindustrialisation. I will here study four Russian cities comparatively. The project is entitled "Urban Margins, Global Transformations: Everyday Security and Mobility across Four Russian Cities).
In the long run, I look forward to study the forms of violence and (in)security comparatively across these and other contexts.
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John P. Sullivan

Senior Fellow, Small Wars Journal-El Centro

United States
Research Interests:

armed gang conflict, policing, terrorism, urban operations, humanitarian assistance, conflict disaster, counterterrorism, emergency operations

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Yuhki Tajima

Georgetown University

United States
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Ethnic conflict, civil wars, communal violence, organized crime, smuggling

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Michel Thill

Fellow, Rift Valley Institute
PhD Fellow, Ghent University
Associate, GEC-SH (Bukavu, DRC)

Singapore
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My research focuses on security, urban governance and public order with a particular focus on the police and policing practices in the city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Henry Thomson

Arizona State University

United States
Research Interests:

Urban political mobilization and violence.

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Lucia Tiscornia

University of Notre Dame

United States
Research Interests:

conflict processes, security sector reform, transitional justice, criminal violence

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Santiago Tobon

Postdoctoral Scholar/University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Scholar/IPA Peace and Recovery

Colombia
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My research interests lie in the fields of development economics and political economy. I use experimental and quasi-experimental methods to study crime, violence and public policy in developing countries.

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Inga Trauthig

King's College

United Kingdom
Research Interests:

Militias, governance, Islamist groups

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Joaquin A. Urrego

Center for Policy Research (CPR) - Syracuse University.
The World Bank Group

United States
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My focus is on Economics of Crime. My research tries to understand how to fight crime in developing countries, with special focus in long-run socioeconomic interventions. Understanding the impact of violence among different economic activities. Most of my work focuses on spatial econometrics and its applications to crime analysis.

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Hugo van der Merwe

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

South Africa
Research Interests:

Transitional justice, urban violence, violence prevention, urban safety

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Juan Vargas

Universidad del Rosario

Colombia
Research Interests:

Political economy and development, focusing particularly on the causes and consequences of violent armed conflict, the economics of crime and the interplay between political and economic institutions

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Andrea Varsori

PhD candidate
Department of War Studies
King's College London

United Kingdom
Research Interests:

Gangs, paramilitary groups, change and resilience in violent non-state groups, urban insurgencies, criminal discourses

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Maximiliano Vejares

Johns Hopkins University

United States
Research Interests:

State formation, political violence and the politics of crime.

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Teun Voeten

Leiden University

Belgium
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I studied cultural anthropology in Leiden after which I worked for 30 years as a war photographer and journalist www.teunvoeten.com. I wrote books on the underground homelsse in New York and the war in Sierra leone, I covered the drug violence in Mexico both as a photographer and researcher, resulting in a PhD thesis at Leiden University, defended and approved 20 September 2018. https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/teun-voeten#tab-1

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Zoha Waseem

King's College London

United Kingdom
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Policing, Militarisation, Religious and Political Violence, Karachi

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Michael Weintraub

Universidad de los Andes and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Colombia
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My research agenda focuses on crime and political violence in Latin America, particularly in Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. I am also interested in historical legacies of violence and how they affect contemporary outcomes. To study these and other topics I use a combination of experimental and quasi-experimental methods, as well as qualitative case studies. While I wrote my dissertation on Colombia, and live in Bogotá, I have expanded my geographic focus to Mexico and the three countries in the so-called "Northern Triangle" of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Prior to graduate school, I worked for three years on human rights and development, primarily in East and Southern Africa.

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James Windle

University College Cork

Ireland
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My primary research focus has been on illicit drug markets, illicit enterprise, street gangs, organized crime and the history of prohibition. I am author of Suppressing Illicit Opium Production: Successful Intervention in Asia and the Middle East (IB Taurus, 2016) and editor of Historical Perspectives on Organized Crime and Terrorism (Routledge, 2018) an edited volume based upon the premise that historical accounts of organized crime and terrorism offer critically important lessons for understanding and responding to contemporary threats and phenomena.

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Sonja Wolf

CIDE

Mexico
Research Interests:

Migration, Displacements, Refugees; Crime, Violence; Street Gangs; Security Policy

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Charlotte Wrigley-Asante

University of Ghana

Ghana
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In the past few years, I have been working on urbanization, crime and security issues in cities. Specifically, I have been focusing on the gender dimensions of crime and safety issues in urban public spaces, particularly in low income neighbourhoods. Also, trying to unravel some of the factors contributing to the gendered patterns of crime. In future I would want to focus on security issues in women dominated-urban spaces and then would want to research into gender-based violence particularly among children in cities.

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