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Robert Muggah    

Co-Founder of the Igarapé Institute & The SecDev Group; Research Director and Program Coordinator for Citizen Security

Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. He co-founded the Igarapé Institute - a think and do tank working on data-driven safety and justice across Latin America and Africa, where he is currently the director of research. He also co-founded the SecDev Foundation and Group - organizations devoted to cybersecurity and the digital economy, especially in the Middle East and Eurasia, and South Asia regions. He consults with governments, the UN, World Bank, and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, and climate change. He has also developed open-source body cameras for police accountability and predictive crime dashboards.

Muggah is faculty or a fellow at Singularity University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oxford, the University of San Diego, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Graduate Institute Switzerland. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Stability and is on the editorial boards of several prominent journals. Dr. Muggah serves as a senior adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank, UN agencies, and the World Bank. He routinely advises national and city governments, international organizations and civil society groups on security and development. He is listed as one of the top 100 experts on violence prevention globally. Between 2012 and 2013 he was an adviser to the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda and in 2016 he was nominated by the UN Secretary General to serve on an expert panel for Youth, Peace, and Security.

Previously, he was research director at the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011), a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and an adviser to a number of multilateral and bilateral organizations on issues of arms control, security sector reform, humanitarian issues, and post-conflict recovery and reconstruction. He has led research and evaluations in over 30 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, South Asia and the South Pacific on related themes. He has overseen chapters for a range of international publications, including UN Human Development Reports, the World Bank´s Development Report, the World Economic Forum´s Global Risk reports, and others.

Muggah has published several books and hundreds of policy and peer-reviewed articles. His books include "Open Empowerment" and "Stability Operations, Security and Development." He is co-editor of the Global Burden of Armed Violence. He is also the author of "Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War," "Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka: A Short History of Internal Displacement" and "No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa."

Robert´s research is featured regularly in the international media, including The Atlantic, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, FastCompany, Financial Times, Guardian, Economist, El Pais, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, o Globo, LA Times, New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Wired. He is a regular speaker at Global Smart City Expo, Chicago Council, World Economic Forum (Davos), and TED in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Muggah is also a member of several international networks, including the World Economic Forum´s Council on Cities and Urbanization (fellow), Global Parliament of Mayors (co-chair), Know Violence in Childhood (co-chair), the Transnational Organized Crime Initiative (fellow), the RESOLVE network (board of directors) and others.

Muggah received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. Muggah also holds a master's of philosophy degree from the University of Sussex.

Speech Topics

The Future of the Global Liberal Order

Robert Muggah and Taylor Owen, University of British Columbia (UBC), are leading the Phil Lind Initiative in US Studies series on the future of the liberal order. The series features Ed Luce, Steven Pinker, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Frank Fukuyama, Susan Rice, and Misha Glenny. The initiative strives to help shape a debate on these issues here in North America and later, in Europe and Latin America through a variety of media outlets.

Nuclear & Climate Threats

Robert Muggah consults with governments, the UN, World Bank and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, nuclear threats, and climate change.


Brazil's Killing Fields | Robert Muggah

Brazil is the world's murder capital. More than 1.3 million homicides have occurred there since 1980. And the problem appears to be getting worse. The rate of ...

The Phil Lind Initiative Series on "The Unraveling of the Liberal Order"

Digital connectivity and new technologies are accelerating political, economic and social transformation and literally changing the rules of the game, pulling at the seams of global stability. Will the liberal order hold, or is its disassembling inevitable? What kinds of global order(s) does the future hold? The Phil Lind Initiative’s Spring 2018 series will explore these and other questions, with visits from the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject.

Opinion Piece: "So, the liberal order is in free fall? Not so fast."

Robert Muggah is the co-founder of Igarapé Institute and SecDev Group. Taylor Owen is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.

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