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.
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals
- Rodgers, D., and Baird, A. (2016) ‘Entendiendo a las Pandillas en la Latinoamérica Contemporanea’. Revista Estudios Socio-Jurídicos [forthcoming]
- Baird, A., and Rodgers, D. (2015) Are Latin American gangs the new revolutionaries? [29 September 2015]
- Baird, A. (2012) ‘The violent gang and the construction of masculinity amongst socially excluded young men’. Safer Communities 11 (4), 179–190. (Highly Commended Award 2013)
- Baird, A. (2012) ‘Negotiating Pathways to Manhood: Rejecting Gangs and Violence in Medellín’s Periphery’. Journal of Conflictology 3 (1), 30-41.
- 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
- Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship
To research gangs, masculinities and violence in Medellín, Colombia.