Alexandra Abello Colak

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Latin American and Caribbean Centre at London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom
Research Profile

My research focuses on understanding dynamics of urban violence and insecurity and the challenges of security provision in cities affected by chronic levels of violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am interested in exploring reconfigurations of state-society relations occurring in response to chronic violence and the role that the most affected communities can play in improving security responses that work for them.

I have undertaken ethnographic work in urban communities affected by historically high levels of violence and co-developed action-oriented research methodologies to work with particularly vulnerable groups. In collaboration with academics and civil-society organisations from Latin America, these methodological innovations have been used to co-produce security knowledge with people living in in Colombian, Mexican, Honduran, Salvadoran, Jamaican, and Guatemalan communities severely affected by violence and criminality. Groups involved have included women, young people, children, the LGBT community, and people suffering forced displacement.

Latin America
English, Spanish

Abello Colak, A. (2019) Untrusted Democracies and Violence Reproduction: Crises that Refocus Democratic Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean, Special Issue on Democracy and Violence, British Academy

Abello Colak, A. & Kloppe-Santamaria, G. (Eds) (2019) Human Security and Chronic
Violence in Mexico: New Perspectives and Proposals from Below. MA Porrua, ITAM

Abello Colak, A & Pearce, J. (2018) 'Security from Below' in Contexts of Chronic Violence. In: Inclusive Peace and Security Luckham, R. (Ed) IDS Bulletin Archive Collection Vol. 49 Issue 1A, p 11-19

Abello Colak, A & Pearce, J. (2015) Securing the Global City?: An Analysis of the ‘Medellín Model’ through Participatory Research Conflict Security and Development 15 (3):197-228

Abello Colak, A, and Guarneros, V. (2014) The Role of Criminal Actors in Neighbourhood
Governance Urban Studies 51 (15): 3268-3289