Professor Jenny Pearce to participate in Newton Fund Impact Scheme project

Enhancing collaboration between state, civil society and community in the face of crime and chronic violence in Mexico

Professor Jenny Pearce (Research Professor, LSE Latin American and Caribbean Centre, LACC) will participate as co-investigator (CI) in a two year Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) grant, set to commence in May 2020, led by Dr Trevor Stack (Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Latin American Studies, the University of Aberdeen).

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Photo credit: Anti violence propaganda, Tulum, Mexico, 2014, FlickrCC BY-NC 2.0

The project will build on work at the community level (Dr Pearce) as well as with civil society groups (Dr Stack) to extend learning about how to engage public officials and state actors on rethinking approaches to crime and chronic violence in Mexico. The project is entitled: ‘Enhancing collaboration between state, civil society and community in the face of crime and chronic violence in Mexico’.

The new grant builds on two previous projects: The first, led by Professor Pearce, was on ‘Co-Constructing Human Security in Mexico: from Communities to the State’ (October 2016 - October 2018). It was based at LACC and at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and CIDE -Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), both in Mexico City. Funding came from the Newton Fund Initiative and Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)

The second project, led by Dr Stack, was ‘Assessing the potential of civil organizations within regions affected by organized crime to hold state institutions to human rights-based development’ (November 2016 - October 2019), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The two principal investigators (PIs) collaborated at various points in the course of these projects, sharing methodologies and findings, notably in Michoacan, where Dr Stack’s project was focussed, and in which one of the case studies of Professor Pearce’s project was based.

This new Impact grant will include Dr Salvador Maldonado Aranda (Faculty Member, Anthropology Department, El Colegio de Michoacán) and will extend the work to partners in Jalisco and Veracruz, including Dr Maria Eugenia Suarez de Garay (Faculty Member Universidad de Guadalajara) and Dr Ernesto Isunza (Professor, Center for Research and Higher Studies, CIESAS) and other colleagues.



This work is supported by the Impact Scheme grant, under the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund Impact Scheme is delivered by the British Council in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on behalf of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). For further information, please visit


The Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) is delivered by the British Council in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on behalf of all Newton Fund delivery partners. NFIS provides funding for current and previously funded Newton Fund grantees with the aim of maximising impact from Newton Fund activities. The collaboration between UK and partner countries can build upon the original partnership or form a new partnership.


The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation (comprising the seven research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. For further information visit the Newton Fund website ( and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund.