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Books & Monographs


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Articles and Reports


Abt, Thomas P. (2017) ‘Towards a framework for preventing community violence among youth‘, Psychology, Health & Medicine, 22:1, 266-285.

Albrecht, Peter and Maya Mynster Christensen et al. (2017) ‘From Aarhus to Manila: Policing Practices in a Global Perspective’, DIIS Police Brief December 2017.

Arias, Desmond and Nicholas Barnes (2016) “Crime and plural orders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” Current Sociology 65(3): 448–465.

Barnes, Nicholas (2017) “Criminal Politics: An Integrated Approach to the Study of Organized Crime, Politics, and Violence.” Perspectives on Politics 15(4): 967–987.

Cheng, Christine (2012) “Private and Public Interests – Informal Actors, Informal Influence, and Economic Order after War” in M. Berdal and D. Zaum, The Political Economy of Post-Conflict Statebuilding, Routledge.

Cheng, Christine, and Dominik Zaum (2011) “Selling the Peace? Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding” in C. Cheng and D. Zaum, Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding- Selling the Peace?, Routledge. 1-25.

Cockayne, James (2017) “Can organised crime shape post-war transitions? Evidence from Sicily“, Third World Thematics, pp. 9-27.

Cockayne, James, Louise Bosetti and Nazia Hussein, “Preventing Violent Urban Conflict: A Thematic Paper for the United Nations – World Bank Study on Conflict Prevention” (UNU: August 2017)

Cockayne, James and Amanda Roth (2016) Crooked States: How organized crime and corruption will impact governance in 2050 and what states can – and should – do about it now (United Nations University: 2016)

Cockayne, James (2014) “The futility of force? Strategic lessons for dealing with unconventional armed groups from the UN’s war on Haiti’s gangs”, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 736-769.

Harig, Christoph (2015) ‘Synergy effects between MINUSTAH and public security in Brazil‘, in: Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies 3/2, 2015, 142-168.

Harig, Christoph (2017) “Sicherheitsproduktion in Brasilien zwischen Reformen der militarisierten Polizei und parapolizeilichem Einsatz des Militärs” [Producing security in Brazil: Reforms of the militarised police and deployments of the military as para-police], in: Frevel, Bernhard/Wendekamm, Michaela (ed.): Sicherheitsproduktion zwischen Staat, Markt und Zivilgesellschaft, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2017, 269-291.

Holland, Bradley and Viridiana Rios (2017) “Informally Governing Information: How Criminal Rivalry Leads to Violence Against the Press in Mexico”, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 61(5), 1095-1119.

Krause, Jana (2017) Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War: Evidence from Jos, Nigeria. African Affairs,116 (463): 261-283.

Lamb, Guy. “Murder and the SAPS’ Policing of Illegal Firearms in South Africa”, Acta Criminologica, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2018.

Lamb, Guy. “Police Militarization and the ‘War on Crime’ in South Africa”, Journal of Southern African Studies Vol. 44, No. 5, October 2018.

Lamb, Guy. “Massacres and the Reform of the Police: South Africa Past and Present”, South African Crime Quarterly, 63, March 2018.

Lamb, Guy. “Fighting Fire with an Inferno: The South African Police Service and the ‘War’ on Violent Crime”. SUR- International Journal on Human Rights, 22, 2015.

Lamb, Guy. Why is Crime in South Africa so Violent? Updated Rapid Evidence Assessment on Violent Crime in South Africa, (Pretoria: PSPPD and National Treasury), 2016 (with Giselle Warton).

Mitton, Kieran (2019) ‘Public Health and Violence’Critical Public Health, Vol. 29, Issue 2, 2019.

Mitton, Kieran (2018) ‘War by Another Name? The ‘Urban Turn’ in 21st Century Violence‘ T.note Vol. 59, Human Security Issue 7, 23 April 2018.

Mitton, Kieran (2018) ‘Guerra con un altro nome? La violenza urbana nel XXI secolo’, Human Security No. 6, March 2018. 

Moncada, Eduardo (forthcoming) ‘The Politics of Criminal Victimization: Pursuing and Resisting Power Perspectives on Politics‘, Perspectives on Politics.

Moncada, Eduardo (2017) “Varieties of Vigilantism: Conceptual Discord, Meaning and Strategies.” Global Crime. Volume 18, No. 4 , pp. 403-23.

Moncada, Eduardo (2016) “Urban Violence, Political Economy, and Territorial Control: Insights from Medellín.” Latin American Research Review. Volume 51, No. 4 Winter, pp. 225-248.

Moncada, Eduardo (2013) “The Politics of Urban Violence: Challenges to Development in the Global South.” Studies in Comparative International Development. Volume 48, No. 3., pp. 217-39.

Moncada, Eduardo (2013) “Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Colombia.” Studies in Comparative International Development. Volume 48, No. 3. 2013, pp. 308-30.

Moncada, Eduardo (2010) “Counting Bodies: Crime Mapping, Policing and Race in Colombia.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. Volume 33, No. 4. April 2010, pp. 696-716.

Moncada, Eduardo (2009) “Toward Democratic Policing in Colombia? Institutional Accountability through Lateral Reform.” Comparative Politics. Volume 41, No. 4. July 2009, pp. 431-49.

Muggah, Robert (2018) ‘Citizen Security Rising‘, Journal of International Development Policy, Spring Edition.

Muggah, Robert (2017) “A Humanitarian Response to Central America´s Fragile Cities”, Humanitarian Practice Networks, HPG, Special Series, June 2017.

Muggah, Robert (2017) “Rio de Janeiro: War By Any Other Name”, Small Wars Journal, April 2017.

Muggah, Robert (2015) “A Manifesto for the Fragile City”, Journal of International Affairs.

Osorio, J, Schubiger, LI, and Weintraub, M. (2018) “Disappearing dissent? Repression and state consolidation in Mexico.” Journal of Peace Research 55.2 (March 2018): 252-266.

Pawelz, Janina (2018) ‘Hobsbawm in Trinidad: Understanding Contemporary Modalities of Urban Violence‘, Conflict, Security & Development 18 (5): 409-432.

Pawelz, Janina, Paul Elvers (2018) ‘The Digital Hood of Urban Violence: Exploring Functionalities of Social Media and Music Among Gangs‘, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 34 (4): 442–459.

Pawelz, Janina (2018) ‘Fürsorge und Terror. Über Gangherrschaft in Trinidad und Tobago,’ Mittelweg 36 27 (2): 86-105

Pawelz, Janina (2018) ‘Researching Gangs: How to Reach Hard-to-Reach Populations and Negotiate Tricky Issues in the Field‘, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 19 (1).

Pawelz, Janina (2015) ‘Security, Violence, and Outlawed Martial Arts Groups in Timor-Leste,’ Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, 3 (1): 121-136.

Phillips, Brian J. “How does leadership decapitation affect violence? The case of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.” The Journal of Politics, 77.2 (2015): 324-336.

Phillips, Brian J. “Inequality and the emergence of vigilante organizations: the case of Mexican autodefensas.” Comparative Political Studies 50.10 (2017): 1358-1389.

Richmond, M. A. (2018) ‘Rio de Janeiro’s favela assemblage: Accounting for the durability of an unstable object’, Environment and Planning

Richmond, M. A. (2017) ‘The irresistible outside: Innocence, desire and transgression in a Brazilian urban utopia’, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 4: 1&2, pp. 177-185.

Richmond, M. A. and Garmany, J. (2016) ‘A Post-Third World City or a neoliberal City of Exception͟? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic era‘, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40: 3, pp. 621–639.

Shaw, Mark and K. Thomas (2017) ‘The commercialisation of assassination in South Africa, 2000-2015’, African Affairs, Volume 116, Issue 465.

Shaw, Mark and L.L .Skywalker (2016) ‘The Hammermen: Life and death as a gang hitman in Cape Town’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol 54, Issue 4.

Shaw, Mark (2016) ‘A tale of two cities: mafia control, the night time entertainment economy and drug retail markets in Johannesburg and Cape Town, 1985-2015’, Police Practice and Research, 17 (4).

Shaw, Mark (2016) ‘“WE PAY, YOU PAY”: Protection economies, financial flows and violence’, in Beyond Convergence (Washington DC: National Defense University).

Shaw, Mark and T. Reitano (2013) ‘The Evolution of Organised Crime in Africa: Towards a new response,‘ Institute for Security Studies, April 2013

Skarbek, David (2016) “Covenants without the Sword? Comparing Prison Self-Governance Globally.” American Political Science Review, 110(4), 845-862.

Skarbek, David (2012) “Prison Gangs, Norms, and Organizations.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 82(1), 96-109.

Skarbek, David (2011) “Governance and Prison Gangs.” American Political Science Review, 105(4), 702-716.

Skarbek, David (2010) “Putting the “Con” into Constitutions: The Economics of Prison Gangs.” The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 26(2), 183-211.