Alexander Soderholm is the Policy Coordinator of the LSE International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development. He holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the LSE, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Social Policy at the LSE. His PhD project is titled 'Drugs, Livelihoods, and Development: The Role of Illicit Markets in Determining Development Outcomes'.
Prior to joining IDPU Alexander worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Iran. He has conducted research and policy work in a number of countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, South Africa, Colombia, and Brazil, on issues related to illicit markets and sustainable development. His research focuses on the intersection between illicit drug markets and development outcomes, specifically on questions related to harm reduction, livelihoods, and security.