Raúl Zepeda Gil

Raúl Zepeda Gil

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living

Karl Marx The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852)

Born in Mexico, Raul is currently a PhD Candidate in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the War Studies Department.

In King´s College London, I am affiliated with the Conflict, Security and Development Group, the Environmental Security Research Group, and the Contemporary Marxism Group. Also, I serve as an LGBT+ lead in the EDI Committees in the Security Studies School and as Postgraduate Representative in KCLSU LGBT+ Society.

When not doing academic or professional work, I take urban photography, play videogames, or read some fiction.

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 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.

Research interests

  • The political economy of conflict
  • Sociology of armed groups
  • Disaster management and climate crisis
  • Education policy
  • Politics of inequality
  • Civil-military relations
  • Mexican Politics
  • Peacekeeping and peacebuilding


  • Noria Mexico & Central America
  • Urban Violence Research Network
  • Seminario de Violencia y Paz de El Colegio de México
  • Environmental Security Research Group
  • Marxist Contemporary Research Group
  • Ciudadanía 19S
  • International Political Science Association
  • Red Mexicana de Estudios por la Paz
  • British International Studies Association