Jenny Pearce is a political scientist that specialises in Latin America. She works with anthropological and participatory research methodologies on social change, violence, security, power and participation in the region and beyond. She considers herself a peace scholar, committed to theoretical development of the field of peace, power and violence as well as empirical study. She has conducted fieldwork since the 1980s in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Venezuela. Professor Pearce has also developed a body of work around poverty, participation and violence in the global North, bringing learning from Latin America (South North learning) to the realities of urban conflict and tensions in the de-industrialised north of England. She set up and directed the International Centre for Participation Studies in Peace Studies 2003 to 2014. She was Visiting Professor at the University of Monterey (2014), Mexico, and the Bolivariana Univeristy, Medellin, Colombia.
Since 2016, she has been Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Edgehill’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, where she works on participation and knowledge exchange with communities in the North of England. She is currenluy PI on an ESRC/Newton research project: Co-Constructing Security Provision in Mexico: A Methodology and Action plan from Communities to the State, while continuing research on violence and security Colombia and the Northern Triangle countries.
Jenny’s research has centred on understanding participation and social agency for change; theorising violence and security in Latin America; and the impact of violence on agency and action. She has co-developed participatory methodologies for researching violence and security (Violence, Social action and Research). Currently, she is writing a book on Politics and Violence, researching elites and violence in Latin America.