Rolando's Twitter Feed

  • RT  @AlfredoLecona : E N O R M E,  @BuenMadrazo , advirtiendo la simulación y las amenazas de la #LeyDeSeguridadInteior si un contrincante polí… 2 hours ago
  • Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals – VICE News 3 hours ago
  • No #democracy surrenders its internal security to the Armed Forces w no accountability. It is happening in #Mexico… 5 hours ago
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Rolando Ochoa

Lecturer, Macquarie University


Dr. Rolando Ochoa holds a PhD in Sociology and an MPhil in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Oxford, UK. He has carried out research on the history and political economy of kidnapping in Mexico, as well as the impact of organized crime on fragile states.  He has also focused on how how individuals solve issues of trust and reputation in contexts of weak rule of law and inside criminal organizations.

Prior to joining SSC, he was a post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Sociology, at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also worked as a Senior Analyst at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in Canada, where he acquired important policy experience and a Senior Researcher at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Prevention of Crime (APCPC), at Griffith University.

Research interests

  • Organized crime (Latin America and Asia Pacific)
  • The political economy of crime
  • Governance of criminal organizations
  • Trust and reputation
  • Signaling

Rolando is currently focusing his research on the recruitment practices of criminal organizations, as well as the presence of Mexican drug cartels in the Asia Pacific region.




  • Ochoa, R. Intimate Crimes: Gangs, Kidnapping and Trust in Mexico City. (Forthcoming). Oxford University Press.

Peer Reviewed

Book Chapters

  • Miraglia, Paula. and Rolando Ochoa. 2013, “Ma sécurite, c’est un droit.” In Sécurité: vraies questions et faux débats, Edited by Roger Vicot, France, Editions L’Harmattan.
  • Ochoa, Rolando, Policing Organised Crime (forthcoming, under contract) in Loader, I., Bradford, B., Jauregui, B. and Steinberg, J. (Eds.) Sage Handbook on Global Policing, Sage (2016).
  • Ochoa, Rolando. Conflicts of Interest in the Public Sector (forthcoming, under contract) in Farzamand, A. (Ed), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Springer (2016)