I am Director of Academic Engagement at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, based in our office in Vienna.

I also serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED), LSE Press, and Treasurer/Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSPD).

Before joining the GI, I was Founding Executive Director of the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), a Fellow of the LSE US Centre and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalization. I have led a number of policy projects while at IDPU, including a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links grant with the Universidad de Los Andes, examining “illicit drug production and the search for peace in Colombia”; a GIZ partnership developing a Drugs and Development Hub; an ESRC-GCRF project examining illicit drug economies in the border regions of Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar; and several LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) projects examining drug policy legislative reform in Ireland and the UK. I also led five successive major Open Society Foundations institutional support grants examining drug policies and sustainable development. I have served a number of Advisory roles, including as an Advisory Board member to the new Centre for Court Innovation Project, “Strengthening the Foundation for Drug Court Research”.

My historical research focuses on the political economy of international drug control. I earned a PhD from the Department of International History at the London School of Economics looking at Anglo- American relations and international drug control over the period 1939-1964, culminating in the creation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961. My contemporary policy interests focus on the political economy of international drug control and the evolving dynamics on national and international policy reforms.

Director of Academic Engagement
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Research Area:

  • Drug policy
  • Multilateral drug policy history
  • Illicit economies
  • International drug histories