Julia Buxton is a specialist on South America and the region’s rapidly evolving political, economic and security architecture. She is an expert on Venezuela, receiving her PhD from the London School of Economics, where she also studied for her MA (Distinction) in Comparative Politics. She is a member of the Latin American Studies Association and has served as track chair for Violence and (In) Security. Her current research focuses on the changing dynamics of the Inter-American Security System that frames relations between North and South America and the implications of new regional peace and security norms for hemispheric ties.
Outside of her geographic specialism, Julia has thematic expertise on democratisation and transition processes, post conflict recovery (SSR: Security Sector Reform; DDR: Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration) and conflict analysis, including conflict sensitive design and policy implementation, as well as gender and gender sensitive design. Her work in this area is based on her policy and consultancy experience, including with USAID, Sida (Sweden) and the UK Department for International Development. Pulling her diverse research strands together is her academic and policy work on narcotic drugs. A published expert on the drug trade, Julia has a particular interest in the impact of narcotic drugs and counter narcotics policies on development, peace building, poverty and human rights. She is currently ethical adviser on the LINKSCH project 'Drug Policy: Unintended Impacts' directed by Dr. Alex Marshall, Glasgow University and was a member of the Andean Development Corporation project on drug policy reform in South America, contributing a working paper on the limitations of alternative development strategies in counter narcotics efforts. Julia Buxton is currently research consultant at the OSF funded Global Drugs Observatory at Swansea University and contributes to the CEU's drug policy summer school.
At SPP, Julia Buxton is Professor of Comparative Politics.