Emma Elfversson Martin Bisp Andrea  Varsori Antônio Sampaio Joana Monteiro

Cities and Illicit Economies: criminal power and the impact on urban governance and democracy

A Talk by Antônio Sampaio , Emma Elfversson , Martin Bisp , Joana Monteiro and Andrea Varsori

About this Talk

This roundtable discussion session will explore the impact of organised crime on urban development, governance and democracy. It also introduces GI’s new research stream on Cities and Illicit Economies. It includes a diverse set of panellists that can provide various perspectives on the policy challenges related to urban violence and illicit economies. Emma Elfversson will explore the growing policy and academic attention being paid to urban violence; Joana Monteiro will speak on the uniquely violent context of Rio de Janeiro and the lessons from decades of criminal and police violence there; Santiago Tobón will explore the challenge of criminal governance and its impact on urban security and democracy; and Martin Bisp will speak about the role of civil society organisations in preventing or reducing violence, drawing from his experience at the Empire Fighting Chance charity in Bristol, UK.

18 October 2023, 04:00 PM

04:00 PM - 05:15 PM

About The Speakers

Antônio Sampaio

Antônio Sampaio

Senior Analyst, GI-TOC

Senior analyst focused on urban violence and political economy of conflict


Emma Elfversson

Emma Elfversson

Uppsala university


Martin Bisp

Martin Bisp

Empire Fighting Chance

Founder, CEO of multi-award winning national violence reduction organisation. Contributor to UK Parliamentary and strategic groups on violence interruption using sport, psychology and therapy.


Joana Monteiro

Joana Monteiro

Fundação Getúlio Vargas


Andrea  Varsori

Andrea Varsori

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