Poverty | Violence | Governance Lab

The mission of the Poverty, Violence and Governance Laboratory is to develop action-oriented research to pilot and evaluate interventions aimed at reducing violent crime, improving the quality and accountability of law enforcement and justice institutions, and curbing human rights abuses. Our work is anchored on state-of-the-art methodologies, multidisciplinary work, and innovative on-the-ground research and training.

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Research

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

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Teaching

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

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Policy

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

Facts and Statistics

9 of 10 homicides in the developing world are noncombat deaths
50 percent of homicide victims worldwide are 15 to 29 years old
43 of the world's 50 deadliest cities are in Latin America
66 percent of homicides in the Americas are from firearms

Our Team

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Beatriz Magaloni

Faculty Director
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Beatriz Magaloni

Faculty Director
Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Faculty Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

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

Research Scholar
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Gustavo Robles

Research Scholar
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Cesángari López

Social Science Research Professional
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Cesángari López

Social Science Research Professional

Our Publications

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