I am Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, and Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. I am also Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute Geneva. I hold a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
My previous research included extensive fieldwork in the war-torn and crisis-affected borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, analysing the relationships among rebels, criminals and paramilitary groups and exploring their impact on citizen security.
My interests as an academic, consultant and practitioner lie at the interface of conflict, security and transnational organised crime, especially drug trafficking as well as terrorism, peace building and governance. I am particularly fascinating by the role that violent non-state groups play in these dynamics.