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Zulia Orozco Reynoso

Ph.D. candidate in urban studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Zulia Orozco Reynoso

Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

Research Project: Criminal Economy in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Reaches and Limits in the Social Space Conformation (2000 – 2010)

Research Interests: organized crime; money Laundering in the real estate sector; corruption; citizen security; police reform; and violence prevention


Zulia Orozco Reynoso is Ph.D. candidate in urban studies at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with a graduate portfolio in money laundering in the real estate sector. She also is an assistant professor at Tijuana´s Baja California State University and a research assistant at Justice in Mexico. She also holds an LLM degree and a BSc in sociology from UNAM. In summer 2014 she did a short academic stay at Oxford University and during fall, she was awarded scholar for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Orozco Reynoso is member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.   

In her dissertation, Orozco Reynoso tracks Tijuana´s historic relation with crime, corruption and illicit money flows, all the way to the millennium. She is developing a broader concept of “criminality” and “geography of criminal power” through an artesian methodology and is also mapping geographically the influence of social actors related to money laundering in Tijuana´s real estate sector. Working over 20 variables related to economy, fear, homicide, investment, land prices and more, her work examines the connections between corruption, criminality, money laundering and the city´s complex dynamics related to crime and violence during the “salvage period” (2000 – 2010).