Katherine Aguirre

Katherine is a Colombian economist with professional experience in the areas of violence and development. She has worked with think tanks in Colombia (Conflict Analysis Resource Center or CERAC) and Switzerland (Small Arms Survey). Katherine holds a Masters in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute International and Development Studies (Switzerland). Katherine’s research emphasizes empirical methods to establish factual foundations to guide effective policy-making in the fields of violence reduction and development. In addition, she coordinates a project that centralizes and disseminates economic research in Colombia (www.dotec-colombia.org). She has extensive experience working with violence data, monitoring violence prevention and reduction initiatives, studying post-conflict violence, data visualization (GIS), and online mapping. She also has experience in quantitative research (including database management, statistics, econometrics and, geo-statistics) as well as qualitative methods. As an associate researcher at Igarapé, Katherine focuses on issues of citizen security, monitoring drug policy, and violence diagnostics.