Research Director, Igarapé Institute
Research Director, SecDev Foundation
Dr. Robert Muggah is a specialist in security and development and oversees research at the Igarapé Institute. He is also affiliated with the Instituto de Relações Internacionais in Rio de Janeiro, the University of Oxford as well as the Center for Conflict, Development and Peace at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Switzerland. In 2013 he was named one of the top 100 most influential people in violence reduction and his work on new technology has been featured in the BBC, CBC, Guardian, New York Times, Toronto Star and Wired.
Robert has extensive experience overseeing large-scale research projects in more than 50 countries and has worked closely with dozens of multilateral and bilateral agencies on humanitarian action, development assistance, security and defense policy. He advises the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank on issues of public security and aid policy. He also oversees projects with research centers from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and the US on urban violence, resilience, peace support operations, organized crime and digital humanitarianism, and cyber-warfare.
In addition to co-founding and directing research and policy at the SecDev Foundation in Canada, Robert also oversees the Journal of Stability and sits on the boards of several international journals and organizations. He is a regular columnist to several leading magazines including the Atlantic, Huffington Post and o Globo. Prior to joining Igarapé, he was the research director of the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011) in Switzerland. He has authored or edited over a dozen books and hundreds of chapters, journal articles, reports and media editorials. He earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford and an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University. In 2014 he was invited to speak at TED Global on the future of cities and violence
- Muggah, R. (2015) “Fixing Fragile Cities,” Foreign Affairs, 15 January, http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142760/robert-muggah/fixing-fragile-cities
- ___. (and Dudley, S.) (2015) “The Latin American Gun Leak,” Los Angeles Times, 16 January, http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-muggah-arming-latin-america-20150118-story.html
- ___. (and Szabo, I.) (2015) “How New Metrics can Reset Global Drug Policy,” World Politics Review, 20 January, http://www.
worldpoliticsreview.com/ articles/14889/how-new- metrics-can-reset-global-drug- policy
- ___. (and Szabo, I.) (2015) “It’s high time to rethink how we measure global drug policy,” OpenDemocracy, 12 January, https://www.opendemocracy.net/
robert-muggah-ilona-szabo-de- carvalho/it%C2%B4s-high-time- to-rethink-how-we-measure- global-drug-policy.
- ___. (and Glenny, M.) (2015) “Brazil´s Cyber Security Conundrum,” Council on Foreign Relations, 12 January, http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/12/guest-post-brazils-cybersecurity-conundrum/
- ___. (2014) “Deconstructing the Fragile City,” Geography and Urbanization, Vol 16, September edition, http://eau.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/16/0956247814533627.abstract
- ___ (with Vilalta, C.) (2014) “Spatial Dynamics of Homicidal Violence in Ciudad Juarez,” Journal of Trends in Organized Crime, 17 (3), http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12117-014-9213-0
- ___. (2014) “How Cop Cams Can Help Ordinary Citizens,” Los Angeles Times, 9 July, http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-muggah-technology-police-brazil-20140710-story.html
- ___. (and Szabo, I.) (2014) “Fear and Backsliding in Rio,” New York Times, 15 April, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/opinion/fear-and-backsliding-in-rio.html?_r=0
- ___. (and Carpenter, A., and McDougal, T.) (2014) “The Inconvenient Truth about Gang Truces in the Americas,” F3 Magazine, http://f3magazine.unicri.it/?
- ___. (and Dudley, S.) (2013) “The Most Dangerous City in the World is Not Where You Think it Is,” The Atlantic, 28 August 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/08/themost-dangerous-city-in-the-world-is-not-where-you-think-it-is/278963/
- ___. (2013) “Brazil: A Laboratory for the Prevention of Urban Violence,” Cities Today, August edition, http://pt.igarape.org.br/brazil-a-laboratory-for-the-prevention-of-urban-violence/
- ___. (and McDermott, J.) (2013) “A Massive Drug Trade and No Violence,” Atlantic Monthly, 24 April. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/a-massive-drug-trade-and-no-violence/275258/
- ___. (and McDougal, T. et al) (2013) “Made in the USA: Mexico’s Gun Problem,” Atlantic Monthly, 18 March, http://www.theatlantic.com/topher mcdougal-robert-muggah-david-shirk-and-john-patterson/
- ___. Ed. (2013) Stabilisation Operations, Security and Development: States of Fragility. New York: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415536769/
- ___. (with Gustavo, D.) (2013) “Digitally Enhanced Violence Prevention,” Stability, http://www.stabilityjournal.org/article/view/sta.cq/155
- ___. (with Sousa, A.) (2012) “Rio Tries Counterinsurgency,” Current History, Winter Edition. http://www.currenthistory.com/Article.php?ID=950
- ___. Eds. (2011 with Krause, K., Gilgen, E.) The Global Burden of Armed Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/br/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/international-relations-and-international-organisations/global-burden-armed-violence-2011-lethal-encounters
- ___. (with Kolbe, A) (2011) “Haiti: The Science of Counting the Dead,” Los Angeles Times, July 12. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/12/opinion/la-oe-muggah-haiti-count-20110712
- ___. (2010) “Rethinking Small Arms Control in Africa: Time for an Armed Violence Reduction Agenda,” Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, 10, (2): 217 – 238. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14678801003665984
- ___. Ed. (2009) Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War. New York: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415460545/
- ___. (and Jutersonke, O. and Rodgers, D.) (2009) “Urban violence and Security Interventions in Central America,” Security Dialogue 40 (4-5): 373-397 http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/40/4-5/373.abstract
- ___. (2008) Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka: A Short History of Internal Displacement and Resettlement. London: Zed Books. http://zedbooks.co.uk/paperback/relocation-failures-in-sri-lanka
- ___. Ed. (2006) No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa. London: Zed Books. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/N/bo20851013.html
- ___. (2006) “Emerging from the Shadow of War: DDR and Arms Reduction during Post-Conflict,” in the Journal of Contemporary Security Policy Special Edition 25 (2). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13523260600603493#.VL2frkfF-l0
- ___. with Brauer, J. (2006) “Firearms Demand: Theory and Practice,” in the Journal of Contemporary Security Policy Special Edition 25 (2). http://www.contemporarysecuritypolicy.org/assets/CSP-27-1-Muggah.pdf
- ___. (2005) “No Magic Bullet: A Critical Perspective on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and Weapons Reduction during Post-Conflict,” The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs Vol 94, No. 379. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00358530500082684#.VL2f0kfF-l0
*Over 100 peer-review articles and chapters, including two chapters to Small Arms Survey 2011 (Cambridge University Press), two chapters to Small Arms Survey 2009 (Cambridge University Press), three chapters to Small Arms Survey 2006 (Cambridge University Press), and chapters to Small Arms Survey editions in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001 (Oxford University Press)