Raúl Zepeda Gil

PhD Researcher, School of Security Studies, King’s College London

Raúl is a PhD Candidate in the Defence Studies Department, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the War Studies Department. At King’s College London he is part of the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group, the Contemporary Marxism Research Group, and the Environmental Security Research Group.

Previously, Raul earned a master’s degree in Political Science from El Colegio de México and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). He was a teaching lecturer in FES Acatlán, UNAM, on economic policy, comparative politics, and international relations theory.

In his professional career, Raul has been a Junior Officer on Democratic Culture and Peace in the Morelos Government, a Junior Researcher on Mexican politics at the Institute Belisario Dominguez of the Mexican Senate, external advisor on legislative affairs for the Undersecretary of Budget of the Mexican Finance Secretariat, and Director General of Legislative Liaison of the Secretariat of Economy.

He is part of the Urban Violence Research Network, the Seminar of Violence and Peace of El Colegio de México, the International Political Science Association, and the Mexican Society of Students in the United Kingdom, and the British International Studies Association.

Research Interests

The political economy of conflict

Sociology of armed groups

Social mobility and masculinities

Disaster management and climate crisis

Civil-military relations

Politics of inequality

Political identities and democratic backsliding

Left political theory

Education policy

Peacekeeping and peacebuilding

Mexican Politics