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The University for Peace is proud to announce that ‘Urban Governance and Peace’ Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Dr. Adam Baird, has received the 2013 Higher Commended Award from the Emerald Literati Network. This recognition was awarded to Dr. Baird for his paper, “The Violent Gang and the Construction of Masculinity Amongst Socially Excluded Young Men,” published in Issue 4 of the 11th Volume in Safer Communities.

Dr. Baird draws on empirical data collected in 2008, in the form of life-history interviews with male youths – including members and non-members of gangs – from two poor and very violent neighbourhoods in Medellín, Colombia's second largest city. His award-winning paper explores the relationship between the construction of male identity and how social violence may be “reproduced” in poor and socially excluded contexts in order to inform debate and policy making.

“The majority of gang members In Latin America’s cities are poor young men, so we need to think carefully about the relationship between male identity, exclusion and the reasons young men join gangs if we want to promote security and reduce violence. This article address these issues.” said Dr. Baird.

Adam Baird is a specialist in urban violence and has worked substantially with gangs and processes of male youth inclusion. He has over a decade of experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean and is currently writing a book on urban violence prevention with a focus on masculinities.

He is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the ‘Urban Governance and Peace’ postgraduate programme at the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He is contributing editor to Paz Paso a Paso: Una mirada desde los Estudios de Paz a los Conflictos Colombianos (2013). He also advises as an ‘Associate Expert to the UNDP in the area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery’, to the Red Cross and ICRC in Latin America & Caribbean.