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Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer at Noria Research / PhD Sorbonne University

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison is the Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer of Noria Research. He is also Program Officer for the Mexico & Central America Program at Noria Research. He holds a PhD in Political Science at the Sorbonne University, and is a Fellow at UC San Diego US-Mexico Institute (USMEX).

Since 2013, he has conducted more than 3 years of cumulated fieldwork in Mexico, covering organized crime dynamics and violence in the country. Parallel to his academic activities, Romain has been a consultant and a researcher for several United Nations agencies and organizations. He is the co-author of the policy report “No More Opium for the masses. The effect of US Fentanyl crisis on Mexico”, for Noria Research and the Woodrow Wilson Center, as well as the co-editor of the book “The State, after all. Building Authority Amidst Violence” (L’État malgré tout. Produire l’autorité dans la violence) published in France at Éditions Karthala in 2019.



Non-academic publications

  • No More Opium for the Masses. From the US Fentanyl Boom the Mexican Opium Crisis“, Noria Research and Woodrow Wilson Center
  • « Rediseñar la estrategia de seguridad puublica desde lo local », in « Léase si quiere gobernar (en serio), México Evalua, Avril 2018.
  • « Self-defense groups, drug cartels and territorial reconfiguration in Michoacán, Mexico », Policy Paper, Noria Research, Septembre 2013
  • “Towards a 21st Century Mexican paramilitarism ? The Michoacán crisis revisited”, Standing Group on Organized Crime (SGOC) Journal, Mai 2014, Vol 11, n° 2.
  • “Understanding in Order to Address: for a State Strategy in Michoacán, Mexico” – rapport produit par México Evalua et Noria Research. Juin 2014.

Academic Reviews
  • Romain Le Cour Grandmaison, « Comptes rendus », Revue française de Science Politique (RFSP), recension de Cultures et Conflits, « Ethnographies politiques de la violence », 2017/6, (vol.67), pp. 1278-1280.

Co-author, and Co-editor
  • Jacobo Grajales, Romain Le Cour Grandmaison (dir.), L’État malgré tout. La production de l’autorité dans la violence, Karthala, Paris, 2019.



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