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Crime and Prosperity: The Latin American Paradox

When Mar 09, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Board Room, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
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On 9 March 2017, the Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, will host Professor Marcelo Bergman for a lunchtime discussion based on his forthcoming publication, titled “crime and prosperity: the Latin American paradox”.

Countries in Latin America have some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Approximately 33% of the world’s homicides occur in Latin America and the Caribbean, home to just 8% of the global population. The region presents a paradox with high-levels of crime, while also experiencing an economic boom in recent decades. Despite this, it remains one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

Professor Bergman is a sociologist at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a PhD from the University of California at San Diego, and is the founding director of the Center for the Study on Violence and Insecurity (CELIV).  

This event will be held on Thursday, 9 March from 1-2pm with drinks refreshments provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch. The venue is the Board Room, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, University of Cambridge.

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The Violence Research Centre (VRC) conducts research to promote the understanding of the causes, the consequences, and the prevention of interpersonal violence. The VRC takes a strong interest in advancing quantitative methodologies for the study of violence and conducts longitudinal studies, experimental studies, programme evaluations, epidemiological surveys, and cross-national comparative studies. The research is done in close cooperation with leading experts from academia, policy-making institutions and civil society organizations.

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