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Dr. Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security and migration and associate faculty member at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Singularity University. He is principal of the SecDev Group, a digital risk firm. He co-founded the non-profit Igarapé Institute where he oversees research and technology development. Robert is affiliated with the University of Oxford and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Switzerland, as well as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the World Economic Forum's Cities and Urbanization Council. His work on new technology and fragile cities has been featured in the BBC, CNN, Economist, USA Today, Wired and hundreds of others and he is a regular contributor to the Atlantic, El Pais, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Guardian, New York Times. He has spoken at TED (2015, 2017, 2019), the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos, the Web Summit, and dozens of venues around the world. He is the other of eight books, including Terra Incognita - 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 years (Penguin/Random House 2020). He received his doctorate at the University of Oxford and an MPhil at IDS/University of Sussex. Visit for more information.


  • –present
    Research director and public security expert, Igarapé Institute


  • 2008 
    University of Oxford, DPhil


Lewis Perinbam Humanitarian Award (2018), Lind Fellow (2018)