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Dr. Robert Muggah is the Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, a Research Director of the SecDev Foundation, and teaches at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. He is also a fellow at the University of Oxford and the Graduate Institute's Center for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Switzerland. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Stability Journal. Dr. Muggah also works with UN agencies, the World Bank, and Google Ideas on issues related to fragility, conflict and violence and ways new technology can help. Dr. Muggah received his DPhil at Oxford University and his MPhil at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. He received his BA from the University of Kings College and Dalhousie University.

From Brazil Robert directs several projects on international cooperation, peace-support operations, transnational organized crime, and cyber-security in Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently oversees the Humanitarian Action in Situations Other than War (HASOW) project, the States of Fragility project and the Urban Resilience project. He routinely advises governments, international organizations and civil society groups on security and development issues. For example, in 2012 and 2013 he was an adviser to the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda and the Global Commission on Drug Policy. In 2013, he was named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world on armed violence reduction by a UK-based organization.

Previously, Dr, Muggah was research director at the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011), a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an advisor to a number of multilateral and bilateral organizations on issues of arms control, security sector reform, migration, and stabilization and reconstruction. He has led research and evaluations in over 30 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, South Asia and the South Pacific on related themes. His recent policy outputs includes chapters for forthcoming flagship reports of the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, World Bank and others like the Urban Dilemma (2012) for IDRC and DFID, advisory support to the World Bank's World Development Report (2011), the UNDP's Governance for Peace report (2012), and others by the OECD-DAC.

Dr. Muggah's work is published in dozens of academic and policy journals. Most recently, he is the editor of Stability Operations, Security and Development (New York: Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of the Global Burden of Armed Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is also the author of Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War (New York: Routledge, 2009), Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka: A Short History of Internal Displacement (London: Zed Books, 2008), and No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa (London: Zed Books 2006) and has contributed more than 14 chapters to the Small Arms Survey since 2001.

Dr. Muggah has published over one hundred articles in peer-review journals including International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Conflict, Security and Development, The Journal of Refugee Studies, The Journal of Disasters, Forced Migration Review, and many others. In addition to featuring in international media and writing opeds for the NYT, LAT, Guardian, Huffington Post, Atlantic and others, Dr. Muggah has also been involved in co-writing and advising documentary films on violence, drug policy and development. Most recently, he has been designing new interactive online visualization tools of the global arms trade, as well as android applications to enhance police accountability from Rio de Janeiro to Nairobi and Cape Town. 


Rio’s bloody police campaign
Maps can help tell the story of a changing world
‘Smart’ Cities Are Surveilled Cities



Canada’s crude oil production going gangbusters

by The Canadian Press (feat. Kevin Birn), National Observer, June 15, 2021

Benjamin Netanyahu is out as Israel’s PM

by Shaye Ganam (feat. Ferry de Kerckhove), 630 CHED, June 15, 2021

Young people ‘particularly vulnerable’ to extremism during pandemic

by Tim Stickings (feat. Robert Muggah), The National News, June 15, 2021

London attack suspect charged with terrorism

by Stewart Bell and Catherine McDonald (feat. Michael Nesbitt), Global News, June 14, 2021

Golfing buddy of Vance has power over military police investigations

by Lee Berthiaume (feat. Charlotte Duval-Lantoine), National Observer, June 14, 2021

Keystone XL is cancelled – so now what?

by Tony Seskus (feat. Dennis McConnaghy), CBC News, June 10, 2021


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