Research Director and Program Coordinator for Citizen Security
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.