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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
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Militant organizations, criminal violence, vigilantism

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King's College London

United Kingdom
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Political Violence, Youth Recruitment and Reintegration, Armed Groups

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

United Kingdom
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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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The News International
New York Times

Pakistan
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Rehman is a journalist and researcher based in Karachi, Pakistan, and his primary research interests have been on conflict, urban violence and crime, and have done extensive research on jihadist networks and religious extremism in Pakistan.
He writes on counter-terrorism, violent groups, militant landscapes in Pakistan.

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Royal United Services Institute

United Kingdom
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Alexandria Reid is a Research Analyst in the National Security and Resilience team at RUSI. Her current research covers a range of topics related to serious and organised crime, including environmental crime and illicit trade. Alexandria holds an MA (Distinction) in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, where her thesis explored the utility of force in peacekeeping operations. Prior to joining RUSI, she was a Programme Officer for the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s and an MoD-funded Research Administrator at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. She holds a BA in War Studies from King’s College London, where she was awarded the Sir Michael Howard Award for Excellence 2013-2016. She has conducted fieldwork on topics related to organised crime in both Europe and Southern Africa.

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London School of Economics
Centro de Estudos da Metrópole

Brazil
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Favelas, peripheries and informality in Latin American cities. My work looks at the social, spatial and institutional development of these spaces and how they are governed. Particular areas of focus are subjectivity formation, housing and the production of security via relations between the state and non-state armed groups.

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Department of Defence and International Affairs / Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

United Kingdom
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Interests: Urban Violence, Public Health Approaches to Violence Prevention

My research focuses on public health approaches to violence prevention. Specifically, I am concerned with the relationship between conflict and public health and the effects and identities that the medicalization of violence produces.

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Switzerland
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Gangs, urban violence, the political economy of urban planning, life histories, drug dealing, crime prevention policies, politics of space

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DIGNITY: Danish Institute Against Violence

Denmark
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Everyday securitization in urban areas, inter-sectoral urban violence prevention, community protection, urban violence ecologies and human rights violations, extra-custodial use of force, torture and corruption, victimization, urban refugees, urban violence and mental health,

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WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Germany
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Protests and repression

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The International Institute for Strategic Studies

United Kingdom
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Antônio researches violence, particularly related to organised crime, in peripheral areas of large urban centres. He has conducted field research and published articles on Rio de Janeiro and Bogotá. He has a particular interest in dynamics of territorial control by non-state armed groups and public policies to counter it. Antônio has also conducted work on the impact of armed conflict in urban areas of fragile countries. He is also a member of the expert network of the Global Initiative on Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC).

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Conicet - Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Argentina
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The advance of crime and the use of state violence in Argentina and Brazil (2005-2017) is my main work line
I work on criminal organizations and their impact in urban violence, specially on Brazil and Argentina.
I also work on Organized Crime base in Latin America, and its relation with African and European partners
I have worked on Maras for a long time but now I am more dedicated to the dinamics of organized crime and it´s impact in citizen security

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Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy

United States
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Prior to beginning my graduate studies I researched best practices on combatting organized crime (specifically trafficking in persons, hydrocarbon theft, and money laundering) and human rights abuses (enforced disappearances and torture) for the Mexican federal government.

During my graduate studies I have focused on the Mexican War on Drugs and researched the use of military resources to fight cartels (comparing the Mexican, Brazilian, and U.S. cases of use of the military for domestic law enforcement), illicit economies in Latin America, the rise of vigilante groups in Southern Mexico, and corruption and its links to satisfaction with institutions and crimes such as the murder of journalists. I am currently writing my master's final project on the lessons learned from past peace accords or negotiations between governments and armed groups that could be applicable in the Mexican context.

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Technische Universität Berlin

Germany
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Urban post-conflict recovery and transition.

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MIT

United States
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Urban warfare, urbicide, urbanization,

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Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Switzerland
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Public safety and urban violence; security sector and criminal justice reform; transnational organised crime

Mark is the Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime , an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, and Senior Associate of the LSE International Drug Policy Unit, (LSE US Centre).

He was previously the National Research Foundation Professor of Justice and Security at the University of Cape Town, Department of Criminology. Prior to joining UCT, Mark was a Director at a boutique consulting firm specialising in fragile states and transnational threats. Mark lead projects and provided technical assistance to national governments, bilateral donors and international organisations in Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, West Africa, the Sahel and Southern Africa, on security sector and criminal justice reform, and countering transnational threats.

Mark worked for ten years at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), including as Inter-regional Advisor, Chief of the Criminal Justice Reform Unit and with the Global Programme against Transnational Organised Crime, with extensive field work. A South African national, before joining the UN, Mark held a number of positions in government and civil society where he worked on issues of public safety and urban violence in the post-apartheid transition. He holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has published widely on organised crime, security and justice reform issues.

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freelance

Mexico
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I'm into studying the use of extreme violence as a means by organized crimen; I've been analyzing for some time now the terrorist tactics used by Mexican cartels, that most of the times happen in the middle of a crowded city, creating a much more psychological and sociological effects on the means.

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Brown University

United States
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Political Economy, Governance, Crime, Prison, Gangs

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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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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.
I think these research interests align with the intentions of your webpage/network

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Senior Fellow, Small Wars Journal-El Centro

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

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Georgetown University

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

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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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Arizona State University

United States
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Urban political mobilization and violence.

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University of Notre Dame

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

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Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp

Belgium
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Informality, revenue extraction and violence in an urban context; particular focus on the police and DR Congo.

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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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King's College

United Kingdom
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Militias, governance, Islamist groups

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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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Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

South Africa
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Transitional justice, urban violence, violence prevention, urban safety

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Universidad del Rosario

Colombia
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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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PhD candidate
Department of War Studies
King's College London

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

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Johns Hopkins University

United States
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State formation, political violence and the politics of crime.

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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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University of Ottawa

Canada
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Irvin Waller is an internationally recognised expert on crime prevention and victim rights. His trail blazing work to get the UN General Assembly to recognize rights for victims in 1985 earned him multiple awards internationally and shaped 30 years working to persuade governments to end violence in crime ridden cities. He was the founding executive director of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime Affiliated with the UN. He is a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and is invited to UNODC and Habitat meetings on violence prevention. His new book Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime shares what works, how to implement success, and secrets to get buyin. He is a popular speaker in English, French and Spanish. www.irvinwaller.org °irvinwaller

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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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University of Essex

United Kingdom
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Blair is interested in domestic terrorism, subnational violence, and the spatial analysis of conflict. His PhD project addresses the question of how terrorist organisations' control of domestic territory affects the dynamics and patterns of terrorist violence. He takes as a case study the example of terrorist organisations across the African continent and seeks to understand how their degree of territorial control affects the levels, purpose, and patterns of violence within the domestic conflict environment. Overall, Blair seeks to extend current research and inform policymakers on recent shifts in the behaviours of terrorist organisations to inspire counterterrorism reform across the international community.

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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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CIDE

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

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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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Center for Research and Teaching in Economics

Mexico
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Mexican-American academic and activist aiming to transform her career into a lifestyle that uplifts and develops marginal communities affected by violence. My work focuses on criminal violence, government corruption, migration, international development and social justice in Latin America. I am currently working on a project titled "Violence in Central America: The areas of limited statehood and its effects on forced migration," where I interview Central American migrants in shelters across Mexico in order to study forced migration and criminal violence.

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Defence Studies, Security Studies School, King's College London

United Kingdom
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I’m currently a Phd Student at the Defence Studies Department in King’s College. My main interest is the linkage between development, criminal violence and youth recruitment in the Mexican Criminal-State War. My previous work focused on civil-military relations in Mexico, peacekeeping and statebuilding, national security doctrine in Mexico, violence and inequality. I’ve conducted research in Tierra Caliente, Mexico, a region in southern Mexico characterised by the presence of organised crime, vigilantes and military interventions.

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