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Dr. Rolando Ochoa is a Lecturer at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology. He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MPhil in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Oxford, UK. He has carried out research on the history and political economy of kidnapping in Mexico, as well as the impact of organized crime on fragile states.  He has also focused on how how individuals solve issues of trust and reputation in contexts of weak rule of law and inside criminal organizations.

Prior to joining SSC, he was a post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Sociology, at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also worked as a Senior Analyst at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in Canada, where he acquired important policy experience and a Senior Researcher at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Prevention of Crime (APCPC), at Griffith University.

Research interests

  • Organized crime (Latin America and Asia Pacific)
  • The political economy of crime
  • Governance of criminal organizations
  • Trust and reputation
  • Signaling

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Research Outputs

Intimate crimes: kidnapping, gangs and trust in Mexico City

Ochoa, R., 2019, Oxford : Oxford University Press. 228 p. (Clarendon Studies in Criminology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
  • Conflicts of interest in the public sector

    Ochoa, R., 2018, Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance. Farazmand, A. (ed.). Springer, Springer Nature, p. 1030-1034 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book

    Organised crime and terrorism nexus—implications for Australia: a research note

    Ochoa, R., 31 May 2018, Organised crime research in Australia 2018. Smith, R. G. (ed.). Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, p. 71-77 7 p. (AIC Research Reports; no. 10).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    Open Access

    Local dynamics of a global phenomenon: policing organized crime

    Ochoa, R., 2016, The SAGE handbook of global policing. Bradford, B., Jauregui, B., Loader, I. & Steinberg, J. (eds.). London ; Thousand Oaks, USA ; New Delhi ; Singapore: SAGE Publications, p. 462-478 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter