SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Mr Nicholas Pope

BA (Hons) (Warwick), MSc (SOAS)
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  • Research


Nicholas Pope
Mr Nicholas Pope
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Thesis title:
(Dis)ordering functions of paramilitary groups in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000-2017)
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Nicholas Thomas Pope is a PhD candidate in the Development Studies department at SOAS, University of London. His work concerns urban violence and organised crime, governance, the state system, and corruption networks.

As an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher, Nicholas explores how political economy structures and and processes of bargaining relate to and are contingent upon spatio-temporalities and geographies of violence. His work engages with questions of development and democracy in urban environments, with a regional focus on Latin America.

Nicholas' PhD thesis examines paramilitary groups in Rio de Janeiro in order to understanding how their bargaining strategies and wider networked connections can explain broader ebbs and flows of violence in the city.


  • UCL, Institute of the Americas, Post-Graduate Conference (2015). “A political economy of Rio de Janeiro: Minha Casa Minha Vida"
  • XVI Jornada PPGSA, UFRJ (2015). “Um estudo da economia política do programa Minha Casa Minha Vida no Rio de Janeiro"


  • Associate Researcher at the UFRJ-NECCVU (Núcleo de Estudos da Cidadania, Conflito e Violência Urbana, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Associate Researcher at the UERJ-LAV (Laboratório de Análise da Violência, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Visiting Researcher at IETS (Institute of Labour and Social Studies), Rio de Janeiro
  • Department of Development Studies, VCD Research Cluster


Associate Course Convenor, M.A. Global Diplomacy, Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development


  • Urban violence
  • Organised crime
  • State system
  • Corruption networks