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Research Profile

Mr Rajeev (Ray) Gundur 

Rajeev (Ray) Gundur
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 74436
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Address:Room 2.07, 1-3 Museum Place


  • MSc, Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Oxford
  • MA, International Relations, The Australian National University
  • BA, Latin American Studies; Spanish, Tulane University

Research Interests

  • Social control and social responses
  • Organized criminal groups and networks
  • Sovereignty
  • Civil society
  • Public policy
  • Latin American culture, political culture
  • Undocumented people

PhD Topic/Area

Controlling Transnational Crime in Mexico and the United States: Developing effective security and anti-Drug trafficking policy.

My doctorate research looks to bridge the gap between identifying a problem, developing policy, and implementing it in the context of the “War on Drugs.”  In examining this issue, I will investigate how drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) destabilize and weaken the institutional order of society in order to create and sustain a facilitative environment for their illegal activities. Using a mixed method case study research design, empirical data will be collected in communities both in the US and in Mexico that are linked by transnational migration networks to illuminate the interactions between the various activities of the DTOs and the resultant social control responses of the state and wider society. The aim is to produce a generalizable understanding of how organized crime activities contribute to the weakening of state governance, and consequently the state’s capacity to fulfil its sovereign responsibility of providing security, specifically in the space of transnational communities that span the US and Mexico.

For more information, please feel free to contact me by email.

Field work will take place in the US and Mexico from October, 2013 until September, 2014.

PhD Supervisors

Prof. Martin Innes

Prof. Michael Levi