Robert Muggah

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Director of Research
Igarapé Institute

Research Profile

Smart cities, urban security, migration and new technologies.

Robert Muggah co-founded the Igarapé Institute – a think and do tank working on data-driven safety and justice across Latin America and Africa, where he is currently the director of research. He also co-founded the SecDev Foundation and Group – organizations devoted to cyber security and the digital economy, especially in the Middle East and Eurasia, and South Asia regions. He consults with governments, the UN, World Bank and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, and climate change. He has also developed open source body cameras for police accountability and predictive crime dashboards.

In addition to his work at Singularity University, Robert is also associated with the University of Oxford, the University of San Diego, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Graduate Institute Switzerland. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Stability and is on the editorial boards of several prominent journals. Dr. Muggah serves as a senior adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank, UN agencies, and the World Bank. He routinely advises national and city governments, international organizations and civil society groups on security and development. Between 2012 and 2013 he was an adviser to the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda and in 2016 he was nominated by the UN Secretary General to serve on an expert panel for Youth, Peace and Security.

Africa, Latin America, Brazil
English, Portuguese

Open Empowerment: From Digital Protest to Cyberwar (Ottawa: IDRC, 2016)

Stability Operations, Security and Development (New York: Routledge, 2013)

Global Burden of Armed Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 and 2008) (co-editor)

Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka: A Short History of Internal Displacement (London: Zed Books, 2008)

No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa (London: Zed Books 2006)