Gareth is Professor of Urban Geography, Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and Associate Member of the International Inequalities Institute.
His research interests are in urban geography, with a particular interest in how people make use of the city, how cities are representated by policy and practice. He has conducted research in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, India, Ghana and South Africa. He is editor or author of a number of books, most recently Youth Violence in Latin America: Gangs and juvenile justice in perspective (edited with D. Rodgers, Macmillan-Palgrave, New York). He is presently completing a joint book tentatively entitled Street Corners in a Global World: everyday life and identities of Mexican street youth. He is a Co Principal Investigator on an ESRC-NWO-DFG grant, with Dr Rivke Jaffe (Amsterdam) and Prof. Eveline Durr (LMU), investigating the commodification of urban poverty and violence in four cities in the Americas: Kingston, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. See http://www.slum-tourism.com/
Gareth is currently a joint editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a member of The British Academy Area Studies Panel for Latin America and the Caribbean, and an invited member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Statistics on Governance, Public Security and Justice, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Mexico). He has undertaken consultancy for the Department for International Development (DfID), UN-Habitat , UN Youth Unit and Government of South Africa, and has been a trustee and advisor to a number of Non-Governmental Organisations. He has written a number of short commissioned pieces outside of academia, including for The Royal Opera House and Architecture Foundation.
Gareth's main teaching contribution is to the MSc Urbanisation & Development, for which he teaches courses on urban policy in the developing world and on urban ethnography.