Dr Alexandra  Abello-Colak

Dr Alexandra Abello-Colak

Research Fellow

Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

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Alexandra’s research focuses on urban security and social change in the Global South. She is particularly interested in challenges associated to providing security in cities affected by chronic levels of violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on state-building and transformations in state-society relations in the region.

She has undertaken ethnographic work in urban communities affected by historically high levels of violence in Medellin and is interested in developing methodological innovations for undertaking research on security. She has participated in the collaborative development of methodologies to co-produce security knowledge with vulnerable communities and to improve security governance in various Latin American cities.

Currently, Alexandra is the Research Coordinator on the ESRC-Newton funded project ‘Co-constructing Security Provision in Mexico: A Methodology and Action Plan from Communities to the State’ that aims at building a new approach to security provision in four Mexican cities. She is also carrying out a collaborative research project on ‘Local state-society transformations and everyday security provisioning in Medellín and San Salvador’ funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and is academic advisor to the project ‘Community Voices and Initiatives for Building Safer Spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean’ funded by the IDRC.

She has published work in Spanish as well as in English.


urban violence; urban security; participatory action research; peace studies; state-building and security governance in Latin America

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