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Camilo Tamayo Gomez

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield

Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield (UK). Senior Adviser in Transitional Justice for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, I was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University and I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (2018 - 2020) and the Coordinator of the Political Communication, Local Peacebuilding and Human Rights Programme at EAFIT University (Colombia, 2015 - 2018). I previously worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP - Latin America Regional Centre) as an Associate Expert (2009 - 2015), and as a Research Fellow at the Social Research Centre and Popular Education (CINEP), from 2005 to 2008, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation (FES-C3) from 2004 to 2008.

My research interests focus on the relationship between violence, human rights and security from a socio-political perspective. It explores how social movements and victims of armed conflict and violent contexts are implementing communicative citizenship actions to claim human rights and security in local and regional public spheres; and how these actions are affecting the construction of political and cultural memory, dimensions of social recognition, and degrees of solidarity and power in divided societies.

I have explored normative and positive models and integrated sociological theories to understand the impact of crime and violence on society, taking into account inequality, culture, exclusion, illegality, geopolitical considerations and poverty in order to find explanations regarding the impact of these topics in particular Latin American contexts.

I hold a PhD in Politics and International Studies, a MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, and a BA in Media Studies and Social Communication (First Class).


  • 2021–present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, The University of Huddersfield
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies , Birmingham City University
  • 2019–2020
    Programme Director MSc Security, Conflict & Justice, University of Leeds
  • 2018–2020
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer, EAFIT University
  • 2009–2015
    Associate Expert - Democratic Governance Area, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • 2005–2008
    Senior research fellow, Social Research Centre and Popular Education
  • 2002–2008
    Lecturer, Javeriana University


  • 2015 
    The University of Huddersfield, PhD in Politics and International Studies
  • 2010 
    The University of Nottingham, MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
  • 2009 
    The University of Oxford, PG Political Philosophy
  • 2002 
    Javeriana University, BA (Hons) Media Studies and Social Communication


  • 2021
    Social solidarity as a dimension of transitional justice: the case of Cartography and Identification of Mass Graves in post-conflict Colombia, The International Journal of Human Rights
  • 2020
    Organised Crime Governance in Times of Pandemic: The Impact of COVID‐19 on Gangs and Drug Cartels in Colombia and Mexico, Bulletin of Latin American Research - BLAR
  • 2019
    Victims’ collective memory and transitional justice in post-conflict Colombia: the case of the March of Light, Memory Studies,
  • 2018
    Cuando la razón no lo explica todo. Implementación de acciones de ciudadanías comunicativas en el marco del conflicto armado colombiano desde una mirada trasnacional. [When Reason Does Not Explain Everything: Implementations of Communicative Citizenship Actions in the Context of the Colombian Armed Conflict from a Transnational Perspective]., Palabra Clave
  • 2017
    Symbols, Communicative Citizenship Actions and the Claiming of Human Rights from a Transnational Perspective: the case of the Social Movement of Victims of Eastern Antioquia, Colombia, Émulations
  • 2017
    Después de la guerra: otra Medellín. Ciudadanías comunicativas, apropiación urbana y resignificación de espacios públicos en clave de memoria y posconflicto. [After the War: A Different Medellin. Communicative Citizenship, Urban Appropriation, and Resignification of Public Spaces Addressing Memory and Post-conflict]., Signo y Pensamiento

Professional Memberships

  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Sharing Society Network (SSN)
  • International Society for Third- Sector Research (ISTR)
  • European Society of Criminology (ESC)