Dr Graham Denyer Willis

Dr Graham Denyer Willis, BA (Toronto), MA (Royal Roads), PhD (MIT). Chris Rokos Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography.

As Director of Studies I am responsible for organising all teaching for Geography students. I also supervise various papers in Human Geography. My supervision style is creative and exploratory; I enjoy discussions of 'real world' problems as well as the academic requirements at hand.
My research covers topics such as: Informal settlements (‘slums’), policing, organised crime, the state, technology and social media, violence, citizenship, the city, development and security. Based on a multi-year ethnographic project my most recent book, The Killing Consensus: Police, Organised Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil (UC Press 2015), details the ways in which policing and an organised crime group govern space and regulate violence in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have also published in World Development, Latin American Research Review, and have a number of articles and book chapters forthcoming.
I am a University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies. I mainly teach MPhil students in Development Studies (paper 5; Cities and Development), and the Latin American Studies module on Political Economy and Development.
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  • Official Fellow
  • Chris Rokos Fellow in Geography
  • Director of Studies in Geography