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Dr. Adam Baird

Research Fellow

My Research Vision

The aim of my research is to contribute to our understanding of violence and how it affects vulnerable populations in the urban margins. Research into masculinities and gang violence is scarce, so I hope that my work can have a ‘masculinities impact’ in the academy, but also in terms of policies and intervention, to improve our violence reduction practices.


Adam Baird holds a PhD from the Peace Studies Department at the University of Bradford. He is a trained ethnographer with a focus on crime, gang violence, Citizen Security and urban insecurity in Latin America and Caribbean. He has used masculinities as a lens to understand gang membership in Medellín, Colombia, and has also worked across Central America and the Caribbean. His research has been funded by ESRC, OSF, IDRC and SSRC. Adam is an ‘Associated Expert’ to the UNDP Crisis Response Unit for armed violence reduction and Citizen Security, and has worked with the ICRC, Norwegian Red Cross, as well as NGOs and community based organisations. His research has been used to design gang violence intervention projects in Belize.

Selected Outputs

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Books/Book Chapters

  • Baird, A. (2015) ‘Duros & Gangland Girlfriends: Male Identity, Gang Socialisation and Rape in Medellín’. In Violence at the Urban Margins in the Americas. Ed. by Auyero, J., Bourgois, P., and Scheper-Hughes, N. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Rodgers, D., and Baird, A. (2015) ‘Gangs in Latin American Settings’. In The Wiley Handbook of Gangs. Ed. by Decker, S., and Pyrooz, D. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons
  • Baird, A. (2015) ‘Swimming Against The Tide: Youth policy and contexts of chronic violence in Medellin’. In Jugen und Politik. Ed. by Filzmaier, P., Plaikner, P., Hainzl, C., Ingruber, D., and Duffek K.A. Wien: Facultas-Verlag
  • Baird, A. (2014) Towards a Theory of Change for Social Cohesion and Community Safety in Jamaica. Jamaica: UNDP 
  • Baird, A., and Serrano, J.F. (Eds.) (2013) Paz Paso a Paso: Una mirada desde los Estudios de Paz a los Conflictos Colombianos. Bogotá: Pontifica Universidad Javeriana  
  • Baird, A. (2013) Best Practices for Youth Engagement in the Caribbean to Promote a ‘Shift to Better Citizen Security’: Prevention, Participation and Potential. Barbados: UNDP

Selected Projects