Adam Baird

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Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations.
Coventry University.

United Kingdom
Research Profile

Adam Baird is an ethnographer, sociologist, and gender specialist who uses masculinities as a lens to understand gangs and community violence in the urban margins. Adam has conducted research in Medellín, Belize City, Kingston, and the Port of Spain. He is particularly interested in delivering research that has a real impact upon affected urban communities and has collaborated with a number of community organisations, NGOs, and multilateral organisations across Latin American and the Caribbean.
His visiting appointments include:
Visiting Fellow, Latin American and Caribbean Centre, LSE
Associate Expert to UNDP, Latin America and Caribbean
Expert for Rapid Response to UNDP, Crisis Response Unit, New York
Expert to the Research Executive Agency, European Commission

Caribbean, Latin America
English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese


BAIRD, A. & SERRANO, J. F. (Eds), (2013), Paz Paso a Paso: Una mirada desde los Estudios de Paz a los Conflictos Colombianos, Bogotá: Pontifica Universidad Javeriana. ISBN 978-958-716-623-1

Peer Reviewed Articles:

BAIRD, A. (2019) Man a Kill a Man for Nutin’: Gang Transnationalism, Masculinities, and Violence in Belize City, Men and Masculinities, SAGE Publications, (H Index 49; Impact factor 1.923, )

BAIRD, A. (2019) Dangerous Research, Sage Research Methods Foundations ( )

BAIRD, A. (2018). Convertirse en El Más Malo: trayectorias masculinas de violencia en las pandillas de Medellín. Estudios Socio-Jurídicos, 20(2), 9-48. DOI:

BAIRD, A (2018) Becoming the Baddest: Masculine trajectories of gang violence in Medellín, Journal of Latin American Studies, 50(1), 183-210, DOI: (CiteScore 0.86; Q2).

BAIRD, A (2018) Dancing with Danger: Ethnographic safety, male bravado and gang research in Colombia, Qualitative Research, Sage, DOI: (CiteScore 2.32; Q1).

RODGERS, D. & BAIRD, A., (2016) Entendiendo a las Pandillas en la Latinoamérica Contemporánea: una revisión de la literatura, Estudios Socio-Jurídicos, 18 (1), 13-53. DOI:

BAIRD, A., (2012), The violent gang and the construction of masculinity amongst socially excluded young men, Safer Communities, 11(4): 179–190 (Highly Commended Award 2013) DOI:

BAIRD, A., (2012), Negotiating Pathways to Manhood: Rejecting Gangs and Violence in Medellín’s Periphery, Journal of Conflictology, 3(1): 30-41. DOI:

BAIRD, A., (2009), Methodological Dilemmas: Researching Violent Young Men in Medellín, Colombia, IDS Bulletin, 40: 72-77. DOI:


BAIRD, A., (2015), Duros & Gangland Girlfriends: Male Identity, Gang Socialisation and Rape in Medellín, in AUYERO, J., BOURGOIS, P. & SCHEPER-HUGHES, N. (Eds), Violence at the Urban Margins in the Americas, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Open access at: %C3%ADn_in_AUYERO_J._BOURGOIS_P._and_SCHEPER-HUGHES_N._Eds_Violence_at_the_Urban_Margins_in_the_Americas_Oxford_Oxford_University_Press )

RODGERS, D. & BAIRD, A., (2015), Understanding Gangs in Contemporary Latin America, in DECKER, S. & PYROOZ, D. (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Gangs, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons (open access at: )

BAIRD, A. (2015) Swimming Against The Tide: Youth policy and contexts of chronic violence in Medellin, in Filzmaier P., Plaikner P., Hainzl C., Ingruber D., Duffek K.A. (Eds), Jugen und Politik. Wien: Facultas-Verlag (open access at: )

BAIRD, A., (2013), ¿Héroes Olvidados? Activismo de la sociedad civil y las políticas de juventud en Medellín, in BAIRD, A. & SERRANO, J. F. (Eds), Paz Paso a Paso: Una mirada desde los Estudios de Paz a los Conflictos Colombianos, Bogotá: Pontifica Universidad Javeriana.

BAIRD, A., (2008), Activismo para la paz: Dilemas para las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Colombia, in LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ, M., MARTÍNEZ HINCAPIÉ, C. E. & USECHE ALDANA, O. J. (Eds.), Ciudadanos en Son de Paz: Propuestas de acción noviolenta para Colombia, Bogotá: Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios [Reproduced in: LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ, M. (Ed.) Ciudadanos en Pie de Paz. La sociedad civil ante los conflictos internacionales: Desafíos y respuestas. Granada: Universidad de Granada, 2009] (open access at: )

UNDP Reports:

BAIRD, A., (2015), Towards a Theory of Change for Social Cohesion and Community Safety in Jamaica, UNDP, Jamaica (open access at: )

BAIRD, A., (2013), Best Practices for Youth Engagement in the Caribbean to Promote a ‘Shift to Better Citizen Security’: Prevention, Participation and Potential, prepared for UNDP, Barbados (open access at: )

BAIRD, A. (2011) South-Side Youth Success: Pathways to employment for young men at-risk of joining gangs, UNDP, Belize (open access at: )


BAIRD, A., (2013), Becoming Men, Rejecting Gangs: Negotiating Violence and Exclusion in Medellín, Colombia, The Chronicle of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates, January edition, pp 33-39 (open access at: %C3%ADn_Colombia )

National news report from Channel 5 Belize on University of Belize conference on gangs, masculinities and violence in Belize City: (28th March 2018).

Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean (18th July 2017), LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre Blog.

BAIRD, A., & RODGERS, D. (2015) Are Latin American Gangs the New Revolutionaries? ResearchGate,