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Yulia Vorobyeva

Research Officer, UNODC

Yulia Vorobyeva is a Research Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, specializing on drug trafficking issues.

Prior to her current appointment, Yulia was a post-doctoral research fellow at Florida International University’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, where she studied gang violence and the rule of law in Central America. She did extensive fieldwork in the region and co-authored several reports commissioned by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Open Society Foundation. In 2018, Yulia was a research fellow at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) where she studied illicit financial flows from developing countries.

Yulia is well versed in both qualitative and statistical research methods. She has undertaken fieldwork in Russia, Latin America, and Africa. Her research interests include street gangs, organized crime, and the rule of law under different political regimes, with a special focus on Latin America and Russia. Yulia is a co-author of refereed academic articles and research reports on topics ranging from violent extremism, through public security, to authoritarian politics. She also teaches graduate courses on Latin American Studies at Florida International University.

Yulia holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Miami. A native speaker of Russian, she is also fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, has reading proficiency in Portuguese, and is currently learning Arabic.

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