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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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organized crime Social Sciences
offense Social Sciences
Mexico Social Sciences
failed state Social Sciences
Latin America Social Sciences
decolonization Social Sciences
conflict of interest Social Sciences
criminology Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2012 2019

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/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

constitutional state
news report

Love in choleric times: articulating race, class and gender in the decolonisation of criminology

Ochoa Hernandez, R., 10 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Global Indigeneity. 4, 1, 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
academic (female)

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 bookResearch

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 contributionResearchpeer-review

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review