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

Read Our Working Manifesto

Debunking the Wars.

A Call for Local Understanding of Violence in Mexico & Central America

Our Editorial Board and Guidelines

The Mexico & Central America Program publishes original material on our Website, as well as on our dedicated Blog Space “Bitácora de violencias” on Animal Político.

Our editorial effort is coordinated by a independent Board:

Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Mendez (Chief Editor)
Dr. Irene Álvarez Rodriguez (Blog Editor)
Dr. Carlos Pérez Ricart
Dr. Nathaniel Morris

Write for us – Submit a Project

Noria’s initiative aims to support qualitative research that enables a better understanding of the dynamics of violence in Mexico and Central America.

We have an ongoing, open Call for Papers for the Noria Mexico & Central America Program.

Our Editorial Board continuously receives proposals, written in English or Spanish, for publication on our website or our Blog.

We encourage prospective authors to read our Manifesto entitled Debunking the Wars. A Call for Local Understanding of Violence in Mexico and Central America, which establishes the conceptual approach and the main areas of focus informing Noria’s MXCA Program.

Please click here to read our Editorial Guidelines before contacting the Editorial Board.

Submit a short proposal, presenting your work, or a full article, at the following email address:


Our Main Projects & Partnerships

Mexico Opium Network

“Violence Takes Place”

Ongoing Series on Violence in Rural Mexico

Podcast Series

Conversations on Gender, Geography & Violence Against Women in Mexico & Central America.

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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