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Carlos Vilalta

Researcher, Centro de Investigación en Ciencias de Información Geoespacial

Residency: October 2014 – June 2015

Research Project: The better angels of our nature? Crime and fear of crime in contemporary Latin America

Research Interests: crime prevention, crime statistics and surveys, prison populations in Latin America, spatial and temporal elements of crime and fear of crime

Public Talk: “The better angels of our nature? Crime and fear of crime in contemporary Latin America” on May 20, 2015

Biography

Carlos Vilalta is a researcher at the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias de Información Geoespacial (CentroGeo) and a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers at the highest rank (SNI-3). In his research, he examines the causes and effects of crime and fear of crime with the use of geospatial predictive modelling techniques. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed and chapters, produced a number of books, and won awards and grants for his teaching and research. He continuously provides scientific and policy recommendations for rethinking and reducing these social problems to international organizations, federal and local authorities, as well as NGOs.

Vilalta has held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, McGill University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Houston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University in 2002 and his master’s degree in urban studies from El Colegio de México in 1998.

Press

UCSD Hosts Security and Human Rights Conference
Jan. 19, 2015, The UC San Diego Guardian features USMEX fellows Gema Santamaria and Carlos Vilalta

Security and Human Rights in Mexico and Central America Focus of UC San Diego Conference Jan 15-16
Jan. 9, 2015, UC San Diego News features USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta

More crimes committed against businesses than households in Mexico
Jan. 5, 2015, ForoTV cites USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta (Spanish, video)

Numbers of the year 2014
Dec. 30, 2014, BBC News Magazine features USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta

The World Is Not Falling Apart
Dec. 22, 2014, Slate cites work by USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta

More or Less: Numbers of the Year
Dec. 14, 2014, BBC World Service interviews USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta (audio)
(Related link: BBC Radio)

Un grand port aux mains d’un cartel
December 2014, Le Monde Diplomatique cites USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta (French, subscription required)

More or Less
Nov. 22, 2014, BBC World Service interviews USMEX fellow Carlos Vilalta (audio)
(Related link: More or Less (MP3))

Mexico must fight war against corruption
Nov. 14, 2014, UT-San Diego publishes op-ed by USMEX fellows Gema Santamaria, Victor Remigio Martinez Cantu and Carlos Vilalta