Structural violence and inequality

Criminal violence and urban insecurity

Political, ethnic violence and radicalization

Document, analyze and theorize how different groups experience, normalize, reflect upon and/or resist the structural violence and inequality that affect them as well as the affects and effects these experiences generate in terms of people’s expressions of citizenship.

Associate Researchers

Marjorie Murray 

Marjorie Murray has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. She is an associate professor and Director of the School of Anthropology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  She is also a main researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR),  adjunct researcher at Millennium Nucleus Art, Performance and Activism (NMAPA)  and the Ethnography of Neoliberalism and Aspiration Center (ENA).

She researched material culture for her PhD dissertation and currently investigates women’s subjectivity, care and everyday life in various contexts in Chile.

The products associated to her research are multiple articles and book chapters, amongst them “Nobody’s Perfect: Making sense of a parenting skills workshop through ethnographic research in a low-income neighbourhood in Santiago de Chile, “Persona autónoma, volición y participación durante la socialización temprana: un diálogo entre el modelo LOPI y hallazgos etnográficos en un contexto Mapuche.” and “Beyond cash, beyond conditional: Ingreso Ético Familiar  and the senses of poverty in a group of Mapuche women”.

Marcela Cornejo 

Marcela Cornejo has a PhD in Psychological Sciences from Université de Louvain and is currently Director at the School of Psychology School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She also participates in the Center for Conflict and Social Cohesion Studies (COES).

Her areas of research vary from subjects related to psychosocial trauma  from political violence; individual and collective processes of elaboration; collective and biographical memory and logics and practices of qualitative social research.

She has collaborated in the production of publications on said subjects in various articles such as “Border Selves: Experiences, Positions, and Inner-Others from the Spanish-Moroccan Border” (2021); ”The Role of Family in the Intergenerational Transmission of Collective Action” (2020); and “Tell me your story about the Chilean dictatorship: When doing memory is taking position” (2020).

Angel Aedo

Angel Aedo has a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the Paris’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is an associate professor at the School of Anthropology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and alternate director of the Interdisciplinary Team ANID/COVID at the Center of Justice and Society. He is the main researcher of the projects Fondecyt Regular 1212047 ‘Goberning Through Affect’ as well as  ECOS/ANID 180012 ‘Normative Encounters in Carceral Society’ con la École Normale Supérieure de Lyon-. He has also been a member of the Center of Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR) since its foundation.

His current research encompasses dynamics of structural and state violence amongst social groups considered to have a tendency towards illicit activities by the State and their inter relations with social development and security institutions.

Simultaneously, his work has special attention for “bottom-up” forms of citizenship, democratic co habitance and urban practices of commoning.

Amongst his recent publications there are ‘The task of the museum in shaping the aesthetic-political field of memory in post-Pinochet Chile’ (2021);  ‘Conflicting Visibilities: Police and Politics among Border Migrants in Chile.’ (2020) y ‘Una seguridad (muy) interior del Estado. El trabajo de la prevención en familias de reclusos’ (2020). Expertise and technologies of government: The emergence of think tanks in Chile” (2017).

Alejandra Luneke

Alejandra Luneke is an academic at the Sociology Department of Universidad Alberto Hurtado and a sociology PhD from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She currently collaborates with the Centre for Sustainable Human Development (CEDEUS) and the Center for Studies on Conflict and Social Cohesion (COES).

Her research has revolved around securitization politics and state control of urban territories, processes of socioespacial transformation and territorial inequality as well as violence and fear in urban neighbourhoods. This research has reflected in articles such as  An alternative path for democratic security.” (2021),  “Violencia y Seguridad en los márgenes urbanos: la respuesta chilena en los vecindarios” (2020) y  “Transformaciones urbanas, Temor y Empeligrosamiento social en vecindarios El caso de Maipú”, among others. 

Juan Pablo Luna

Juan Pablo Luna has a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Caroina at Chapel Hill and is a full professor at the School of Government and Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is a part of the Millenium Institute Foundation of Data (IMFD) -where he is currenty developing a project of “thick data” for the chilean constitutional process- and of the Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES). He is also the leading researcher of the FONDECYT project “Crimen organizado en el Cono Sur”.

His main research interests are organized crime, political representation, State capabilities and thick data. His main publications are the book En vez del optimismo, Crisis de Representación en el Chile Actual (2017)” and the article Segmented Representation, Political Representation in Unequal Democracies (2014).

Rodrigo Mardones

Rodrigo Mardones has a PhD in Political Science from New York University. He’s an associate professor at the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, a member of the Center of Politics and Practices on Education (CEPPE) and of the Universitary Network for Fraternity Studies (RUED)

His main research interests are Chilean politics, public policies, educational policies and the ethics of public policies. Amongst his main publications there are the edition of the book  “La Columna Vertebral Fracturada: Revisitando Intermediarios Políticos en Chile” (2017) with Juan Pablo Luna, the authorship of the book Fraternidad y Educación. Un Principio para la Formación Ciudadana y la Convivencia Democrática (2012)  and the book chapter “The politics of citizenship education in Chile”  of The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education”

José Manuel Fernandez

José Manuel Fernandez has a PhD in Law from the University of Glasgow and is an associate professor at the Alberto Hurtado University. His research interests are theory and philosophy of criminal law, intimate violence and multiculturalism. He is currently the main researcher of a FONDECYT project about domestic violence.

Andrés Kalawski

Andrés Kalawski has a PhD in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and is an associate professor of School of Drama of the same university. His work encompasses dramaturgical production and research as well research on Chilean history and performativity. He is a part of the Millennium Nucleus Art, Performance and Activism (NMAPA) and is currently main researcher for the FONDECYT project. Lectura genética de dramaturgia chilena de la primera mitad del siglo XX”.

As of recently, he has  launched the plays “Mistral, Gabriela, 1945” (2019) and “Incentivos Perversos” (2018). His research culminated in book chapters and articles such as Chronotopes of Truth and Memory in Post-Coup Chilean Theatre” (2017); “Mi dulce, mi querido, mi bello teatro crítica”: Diálogo sobre la función del teatro y la crítica desde el Chile actual” (2018) and “Una bohemia muy decente: las familias en el primer volumen de la Antología Un siglo de dramaturgia chilena 1910 – 2010” (2018).

Adjunct Researchers

Piergirgio Di Giminiani

Piergiorgio Di Giminiani has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. He is an associate professor at the School of Anthropology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, main researcher for the Center of Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR) and adjunct researcher for the Centro Anillo Ethnography of Neoliberalism and Aspiration.

His current research explores the material and ideological aspects of reparation; the historic relation between settler colonialism and conservation of border areas in southern Chile; transformative processes activated by micro-entrepreneurship public policies in Santiago and center-northern Chile; nationalism and cosmopolitanism contemporary journeys of work reactivation and agricultural entrepreneurship in center-southern Italy. 

Amongst his most recent publications there are the collaborative articles Can natives be settlers? Indigenous displacement and settlement under settler colonialism in the Mapuche frontier region” (2021); “Translating environments: translation and indeterminacy in  the making of natural resources” (2020)  and the book “Sentient lands: indigeneity, property and political imagination in neoliberal Chile”.

Catalina Droppelmann

Catalina Droppelmann has a PhD in Criminology from Cambridge University. She is Executive and Research Director of the UC Center of Justice and Society and Adjunct Professor at the Sociology Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. 

Her research interests are criminal justice, social reinsertion, prison and punishment and youth crime. She is currently a part of three active research projects related to this topics Transitions out of crime: New approaches on desistance in late adolescence “; “La reacción carcelaria en contextos impredecibles: ¿Cómo se articularon los diversos actores vinculados al mundo penitenciario ante la amenaza del COVID?”; “Reinserción, Desistimiento y Reincidencia en Mujeres Privadas de Libertad en Chile” y “La justicia penitenciaria de la población adulta en Chile: propuestas para su reforma”.

Amongst her most recent publications there are the book “Transitions out of crime: intentions, changes and obstacles on the road towards desistance” (2021) and the collaborative articles Responding to the coronavirus crisis in Chile” (2021) y “Crime and inequalities in Latin America” (2020).

Alfonso Donoso

Alfonso Donoso has a PhD in Politics from New York University. He is an associate professor at the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and researcher for the  Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

His current research is oriented to the development of two books. The first explores the idea of a non-anthropocentric  State, where he elaborates a frame for action state legitimacy funded upon basic justice principles and the institutionalization of an ethic of care. His second book focuses on the problematic relation between human animals and non-human animals from a political philosophy and ethical perspective.

His most recent publications are the book chapters “Towards a New Framework for Rights of the Biotic Community” in “Rights of Nature: A Reexamination” (2021); “New Politics: Sovereignty, Representation, and the Nonhuman” in “Changes. Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World” (2021) and the article Valor Intrínseco en Antártica” (2021).

María Paz Trebilcock

Maria Paz Trebilcock. has a PhD in Sociology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is also director at the Department of Sociology of Alberto Hurtado University and researcher for the Interdisciplinary Center of Public Policy (CIIP).

She is currently developing research about structural violence, territorial inequalities and unequal access to public services. Said research has lead to the publications of the collaborative articles “Transformaciones urbanas, temor y empeligrosamiento social en vecindarios. El caso de Maipú” (2020);  “Crime Prevention and The Coproduction of Security: outcomes of citizen participation at the neighborhood level in Neoliberal Chile” (2019) y “Segregaciones: habitar la periferia popular en Santiago, Concepción y Talca” (2020).

Young Researchers

Pilar Larroulet

Pilar Larroulet has PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Maryland College Park, receveing the Feminist Criminology Scholarship for its execution. She is an assistant professor at the Sociology Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Her research interests are sociology of crime, trajectories of involvement in crime, crime and gender, penitentiary system and social integration. She’s particularly interested in understanding the factors that incide in criminal involvement and its continuity within and through generations, as well as analyzing the consequences of contact with the justice system.

She is currently working on two collaborative research projects “Reinserción, desistimiento y reincidencia en mujeres privadas de libertad en Chile”  which analyses the process of post carcelary  reinsertion of women in Santiago, Chile; and a study estimating the effects of lockdowns on domestic violence. 

Her most recent collaborative publications are  “Who is Transitioning out of Prison? Characterizing Female Offenders and Their Needs in Chile” (2020) and “Machine learning for policing: a case study on arrests in Chile” (2020).