My research interests primarily lie in the area of crime and urban disorder in the UK (and especially London), but I have also worked on projects on urban violence in Rio de Janeiro, and geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East.
I am currently working on my Masters thesis on the MSc International Social and Public Policy programme at LSE. My rough research question is as follows:
The art of the 'unpolitical' riot: how did British governments in 1981 and 2011 frame riots to reinforce their pre-existing agendas on urban policy ( / regeneration) ?
As a very brief introduction, I am looking at using the 1981 riots (predominantly Brixton/Toxteth/Moss Side) and 2011 riots (predominantly London) in England as case studies to argue for the importance of the aftermath of 'the riot' in relation to social policy aimed at those riotous areas and groups of people in the subsequent years. I'm exploring how both governments seized the moments after the riots to entrench narratives of an 'unpolitical' riot, i.e. "criminality pure and simple", (as well as ideas about moral degeneration, 'problem families', and in 2011 especially 'gang culture' ) to reinforce their pre-existing policy ambitions for those inner city areas (i.e. property-led urban regeneration / austerity urbanism).
I'm extremely keen to develop contact with researchers in UVRN in relation to this project, and indeed others beyond this summer.
Europe, United Kingdom
Civitas (2019 forthcoming) - Understanding the upsurge in violent crime in London in 2018: A grass‑roots analysis from the London Borough of Hackney
LSE Economics Society, Rationale Working Paper Series Volume 1 (2019) - The Economic Consequences of Crime: Evidence from the Unidades de Pol ́ıcia Pacificadora in Rio de Janeiro