Poverty | Violence | Governance Lab

Our team of social scientists works in a lab-based setting to develop empirical evidence and action-oriented research to inform government agencies and civil society organizations about the root causes and devastating consequences at the intersection of poverty and violence in Latin America — and effective policies to combat the problem

Why should we get rid of one bandit [gangs] to surrender ourselves to another [police]?
Interview in a Rio de Janeiro favela

Research

Using scientific tools and methods to investigate the underlying causes of violent crime and its devastating consequences in the developing world

Teaching

From the classroom to the field, from the lab to the workplace, our integrated approach to teaching and learning fuels our work

Policy

Delivering evidence-based research to government agencies and civil society organizations about the efficacy of interventions to deter criminal violence

Facts and Statistics

Our Team

Beatriz Magaloni

Faculty Director
Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Faculty Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Gustavo Robles

Research Scholar

Cesángari López

Social Science Research Professional

Vanessa Melo

Program Manager

Our Publications

The Lab publishes its findings in a variety of formats for a range of audiences