Youth violence at the urban margins
My research at the University of Oxford uncovers the trajectories of adolescents who get involved in drug-related criminal organisations in Colombia’s urban margins in Colombia. I have conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the region of Antioquia.
Youth participation and engagement
I am interested in innovative approaches to better include young people in research and practice. I have used various participatory visual techniques in my fieldwork, and I am currently leading a project with the UNICEF Office of Research on this topic.
Transitional justice and peacebuilding
How can the most excluded youths actively contribute to building peace? What does peace mean from a youth perspective? And how can children's rights be effectively safeguarded during transitions? These questions are central to my work.
Children, adolescents and their rights
I have conducted a variety of projects aimed at achieving better recognition of children's rights in fragile and transitional contexts, with a particular focus on Colombia.
Research in high-risk settings
Building on my field experiences in Colombia, I have written, taught and released a training video on how to conduct in-depth and long-term fieldwork with vulnerable populations in high-risk settings.
I am passionate about finding novel ways of communicating my research beyond an academic audience. My documentaries, pictures series and the development of a graphic novel based on my research are examples of this.