Raúl Zepeda Gil, a Mexican sociologist and political scientist, is currently a PhD Student in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, and part of the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group of the War Studies Department. He is also member of the Urban Violence Research Network, and of the Seminar of Violence and Peace of El Colegio de México.
He previously studied political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and El Colegio de México. Also has he worked for the Mexican Government in legislative affairs and for the Mexican Senate as a junior researcher on Mexican politics.
As a researcher he coordinated the Second Conference on Violence and Peace of the National Commission of Human Rights.
His research has focused on the political economy of the Mexican Criminal War in Tierra Caliente, region where he conducted interviews with autodefensa leaders and members.
He has also published on education policy, civil military relationships, peacekeeping, electoral systems, and disaster preparedness and climate change.
Raul current project focuses on the process of mobilisation of marginalised male youth into the Mexican Criminal War after its onset in 2007.