Raúl Zepeda Gil

London, July 2020.

Raul, a Mexican sociologist and political scientist, is currently a PhD Student in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, part of Conflict, Security & Development Research Group, the Urban Violence Research Network, and the Seminar of Violence and Peace of El Colegio de México.

He previously studied political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and El Colegio de México. Also has worked for the Mexican Government in legislative affairs and for the Mexican Senate as a junior researcher on Mexican politics.

His PhD Project title is Development, Violent Conflict and Youth Mobilisation by Organised Crime in Mexico.

Research interests

  • Conflict, security and development
  • Organised crime
  • Violence
  • Sociology of armed groups
  • Youth in conflict
  • Political economy of Statebuilding and peacebuilding
  • Civil-military relations
  • Foreign Policy
  • Peacekeeping
  • Education policy
  • Political economy of inequality
  • Politics of climate policy
  • Parliamentary studies