Soy profesor-investigador en ciencias de la seguridad y el delito en el departamento de Ciencias de la Seguridad y el Delito de UCL (University College London), donde he impartido clases sobre delincuencia organizada, métodos cuantitativos, diseño de investigaciones, y prevención del delito.
Mi investigación se enfoca en el fenómeno delictivo en América Latina y el Caribe, específicamente en temas como la delincuencia organizada (en especial la extorsión), la victimización repetida, la prevención del delito, la criminología cuantitativa, y el nexo entre política pública y el delito.
Doctorado en Ciencias de la Seguridad y el Delito, 2020
University College London (UCL)
Maestría en Investigación en Ciencias de la Seguridad y el Delito, 2015
University College London (UCL)
Maestría en Administración Pública y Política Pública, 2011
Tecnológico de Monterrey
This peer-reviewed study evaluated the impact of a hot spot policing programme carried out in four Argentinian cities. Overall, hot spot policing was found to work in preventing robbery and theft, with important variations per city.
Este estudio encontró que la incidencia de la mayoría de los delitos en la Ciudad de México disminuyó durante la pandemia del COVID-19. Además, encontró que parte de las reducciones en el delito se deben a la reducción de las oportunidades para cometerlos, derivado del cambio en los patrones rutinarios en la movilidad urbana.
This article focuses on the situational-, victim-, and area-level determinants of extortion compliance. Extortion, a quintessential organised crime, is one of the most common crimes in Mexico. However, compliance with extortion demands is relatively rare. Previous research suggests that compliance with extortion depends on the perceived risk of punishment for non-compliance. However, most research has been theoretical or experimental. The article offers empirical evidence of patterns of extortion compliance based on data from a large commercial victimisation survey conducted in Mexico. Findings suggest that situational factors (extortion type, presence of weapons and number of offenders) are the main determinants of extortion compliance. Victim-, and area-level variables have comparatively smaller effects. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Objectives. Research consistently shows that crime concentrates on a few repeatedly victimized places and targets. In this paper we examine whether the same is true for extortion against businesses. We then test whether the factors that explain the likelihood of becoming a victim of extortion also explain the number of incidents suffered by victimized businesses. The alternative is that extortion concentration is a function of event dependence.
Methods. Drawing on Mexico’s commercial victimization survey, we determine whether repeat victimization occurs by chance by comparing the observed distribution to that expected under a Poisson process. Next, we utilize a multilevel negative binomial-logit hurdle model to examine whether area- and business-level predictors of victimization are also associated with the number of repeat extortions suffered by businesses.
Results. Findings suggest that extortion is highly concentrated, and that the predictors of repeated extortion differ from those that predict the likelihood of becoming a victim of extortion. While area-level variables showed a modest association with the likelihood of extortion victimization, they were not significant predictors of repeat incidents. Similarly, most business-level variables significantly associated with victimization risk showed insignificant (and sometimes contrary) associations with victimization concentration. Overall, unexplained differences in extortion concentration at the business-level were unaffected by predictors of extortion prevalence.
Conclusions. The inconsistent associations of predictors across the hurdle components suggest that extortion prevalence and concentration are fueled by two distinct processes, an interpretation congruent with theoretical expectations regarding extortion that considers that repeats are likely fueled by a process of event dependence.