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Adam Baird holds a PhD from the Peace Studies Department at the University of Bradford. He is a trained ethnographer with a focus on crime, gang violence, Citizen Security and urban insecurity in Latin America and Caribbean. He has used masculinities as a lens to understand gang membership in Medellín, Colombia, and has also worked across Central America and the Caribbean. His research has been funded by ESRC, OSF, IDRC and SSRC. Adam is an ‘Associated Expert’ to the UNDP Crisis Response Unit for armed violence reduction and Citizen Security, and has worked with the ICRC, Norwegian Red Cross, as well as NGOs and community based organisations. His research has been used to design gang violence intervention projects in Belize.

Area of Expertise:

Gangs, masculinities, Colombian conflict

Research Interests

Gangs; Belize; Trinidad and Tobgo; Colombia; Masculinities; SGBV; Armed violence; Latin America and Caribbean

Vision Statement

The aim of my research is to contribute to our understanding of violence and how it affects vulnerable populations in the urban margins. Research into masculinities and gang violence is scarce, so I hope that my work can have a ‘masculinities impact’ in the academy, but also in terms of policies and intervention, to improve our violence reduction practices.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

3 Oct 20172 Oct 2020

Expert to the Research Executive Agency, European Commission Projects in Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation

14 Sep 2016 → …

Expert for Rapid Response, Crisis Response Unit, United Nations Development Programme

1 Jul 2014 → …

Associate Expert for Latin America and Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme

1 Jul 2011 → …


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