Lucía has both academic and public policy experience thought Latin America.  At the academic level she has done research in different Universities in Argentina (1999-2000) and Chile (2000-2013).  In Argentina she was an Associate researcher at the Center of Security and Society at the National University of General San Martin (1999-2001) and Academic coordinator  of Universidad Empresarial Siglo XXI in Cordoba (2000). In Chile she directed the “Civil Society and Security” are of  Center of Citizens Security Studies at the University of Chile (2001- 2004) and the Program of Security and Citizenship at FLACSO-Chile (2005-2010). Currently she is an associate professor at Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

At the public policy level she has held key advisory positions. She was the Advisor of the Ministry of Environment and Public Works of the Government of the Province of Mendoza, Argentina (1999) and a Consultant of the Division of Citizen Security Public Policy at the Ministry of Interior in Argentina (2001). In Chile she served as a Regional Coordinator at the Regional Government of Santiago (2003- 2004), and an advisor of the Division of Citizen Security, Ministry of Interior Chile (2003 – 2004). She was a senior advisor of the Secretary of Public Security of México and the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States.

She has been consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nation Development Program, the European Commission, in countries such as Perú, Bolivia, Argentina, Dominican Republican, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, among others. 


B.A. in Sociology, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina; M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. Universidad de Leiden, Holanda


International Security,Latin America,Urban Issues


  • Research Coordinator of the area "Civil Society and Security," Center of Citizen Security Studies, University of Chile, 2001- 04
  • Co-director of the Project Police Reform and Public Security in the Americas, Georgetown University, 2002-04
  • Advisor, Asesora de la Red 14 "Seguridad Ciudadana en la ciudad" del URBAL Program, European Comisión, 2004
  • Asesora de la División de Seguridad Ciudadana, Asesoría a la Jefatura de la División de Seguridad Ciudadana del Ministerio del Interior de Chile, 2003-04


Latin America, Public Security, Participation

Project Summary

Crime is one of the central topics in the political agenda in most countries of Latin America. In the cases selected for study, Argentina, Chile and Mexico, insecurity has become one of the most vexing and complex public policy challenges with the potential for seriously undermining the rule of law and challenging democratic governance. For different reasons in each case crime and fear of crime are playing significant roles in governmental agendas at the national, estate and local levels. Public policies developed in the last decade to address this matter are closely linked to experiences considered "success stories" in the US. Unfortunately, little research has been done to systematically compare alternative experiences of policy diffusion and its relative effectiveness in addressing a central public policy challenge. In undertaking this study I will be able to draw on my own close professional relationship and access to key decision makers at the highest level in all three countries.

Major Publications

  • Public Security and Police Reform in the Americas, co-edited with John Bailey, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.
  • Seguridad y Reforma Policial en las Américas, coeditado con John Bailey. Editorial Siglo XXI, México, 2005.
  • Ciudad y Seguridad en América Latina (editora) En Coautoría con Gustavo Paulsen, FLACSO, 2005.
  • Seguridad Ciudadana: Experiencias y desafíos (editora) URB-AL, Valparaíso, 2004.

Previous Terms

Fellow, Sep 2007 - May 2008