Conor O'Reilly

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University of Leeds

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Research Profile

My current research interests focus upon the transnational dynamics of crime, policing and security. I am particularly interested in intersecting trends towards commodification of security and transnationalisation of policing. At present I have particular research interests in: kidnapping and violent absence; transnational policing; pluralization of high policing; branding security; colonial policing; and, policing across the Lusophone community.

From 2016-2019, I will be PI of the Newton Fund (Mexico) project, ‘Mobile Solutions to the Mexican Kidnapping Epidemic: Beyond Elite Counter-Measures, Towards Citizen-Led Innovation.’ This project aims to contribute towards more sustainable security in the face of Mexico’s pervasive kidnapping threat. It also contains a specific work package on the transborder dynamics of kidnapping and how these cases of violent absence affected transborder metropolitan hubs such as El Paso/Juarez and San Diego/Tijuana. Previously, I was part of an international and interdisciplinary team researching ‘Policing and Urban Imaginaries: New Security Formats in Southern Cities’ (FAPESP/FCT) and have also conducted research into the circulation of security solutions to urban violence (notably the pacification model developed in Rio de Janeiro).

Latin America, South America, Brazil, Mexico
English, Portuguese

Books/Edited Compilations

C. O’Reilly (Forthcoming) Policing Global Risks: The Transnational Security Consultancy Industry (Oxford: Hart Publishing)

C. O’Reilly (2018) Colonial Policing and the Transnational Legacy: The Global Dynamics of Policing Across the Lusophone Community (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge Publishing)

J. Shapland, C. O’Reilly et al (2015) Criminology, Security and Justice: Methodological and Epistemological Issues – GERN Research Paper Series (Antwerp: Maklu Publishers)

Book Chapters

C. O’Reilly (2019) ‘Capturing (Im)mobility: The Challenges of Kidnapping Research’ in L. Achilli and G.E. Sanchez When Smuggling Goes Wrong (UNODC/MPC 2019)

C. O’Reilly (2018) ‘Policing the Lusophone Community Across Time and Space’ in C. O’Reilly (ed.) Colonial Policing and the Transnational Legacy: The Global Dynamics of Policing Across the Lusophone Community (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018)

C. O’Reilly (2018) ‘Branding Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Model: A Silver Bullet for the Planet of Slums?’ in C. O’Reilly (ed.) Colonial Policing and the Transnational Legacy: The Global Dynamics of Policing Across the Lusophone Community (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018)

C. O’Reilly (2014) ‘Operational Risk and Reputational Compromise: Managing the Militarization of Corporate Security in Iraq’ in R.K. Lippert and K. Walby (eds.) Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

C. O’Reilly (2013) ‘A Conexão Simbiótica Entre Segurança Estatal e Segurança Privada na Esfera do Policiamento Transnacional’ in J. Neves Cruz, C. Cardoso, A. Lamas Leite and R. Faria (eds.) Infrações Económicas e Financeiras: Estudos de Criminologia e de Direito (Coimbra Editora, Grupo Wolters Kluwer 2013)

Journal Articles

C. O’Reilly (2015) ‘The Pluralization of High Policing: Convergence and Divergence at the Public-Private Interface’, British Journal of Criminology, 55/4: 688-710

C. O’Reilly (2014) ‘Les Sociétés Internationales de Consultance en Sécurité (SICS): Par delà les Frontières et les Différences d’Approche Entre Etats et Sociétés Privées’, Sécurité & Stratégie, 17

C. O’Reilly (2013) ‘L’Évolution de l’Offre des Professionnels du Risque Mondialisé’, Champ Pénal, Vol. X | URL: http://champpenal.revues.org/8611

C. O’Reilly (2011) ‘‘From Kidnaps to Contagious Diseases’ – Elite Rescue and the Strategic Expansion of the Transnational Security Consultancy Industry’, International Political Sociology, 5/2: 178-197

C. O’Reilly (2010) ‘The Transnational Security Consultancy Industry: A Case of State-Corporate Symbiosis’, Theoretical Criminology, 14/2: 183-210

G. Ellison & C. O’Reilly (2008) ‘From Empire to Iraq and the War on Terror’: The Transplantation and Commodification of the (Northern) Irish Policing Experience’, Police Quarterly, 11/4: 395-426

G. Ellison & C. O’Reilly (2008) ‘‘Ulster’s Policing Goes Global’: The Police Reform Process in Northern Ireland and the Creation of a Global Brand’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 50/4-5: 331-351

C. O’Reilly & G. Ellison (2006) ‘Eye Spy Private High: Re-Conceptualising High Policing Theory’ British Journal of Criminology, 46/4: 641-660

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