Observing, Analyzing & Understanding Dynamics of Violence in Mexico & Central America


In the past 20 years, and in parallel to rising homicide rates in the region, we have witnessed an explosion in writing on violence in Mexico & Central America. Yet, a large proportion of this academic, journalistic and ‘expert’ work, as well as national and regional security policies, are characterized by the distance – both physical and analytical – that they maintain from the local realities that affect the region.

Because of this distance, as well as a strong normative stance on ‘criminal violence’, one can observe a lack of understanding around the local dynamics of security, governance and (dis)order.

Our Work

Our program will address this situation by producing knowledge based on independent, original, and field-based research.

In order to disseminate this knowledge to the broadest audience, our program gathers researchers, journalists, cartographers and photographers who will launch long-term research projects.

Our Core Focus

-1- Social Dynamics of Violence, Political Orders, and Criminal Organizations

-2- Migration, Displacement, and Forced Disappearances

-3- Public Security Policies, Drugs Policy, and State Governance

Our Main Projects & Partnerships

The Program is coordinated by Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

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Press inquiries? Questions to one of our members?

Please write us at mxac@noria-research.com

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