Presented by Dr Jarret Blaustein and Dr Tom Chodor (Monash University)

This paper examines the emergence of the ‘crime-development nexus’ as the focus of the UN’s crime policy agenda. The paper traces the shifts in the framing of the relationship between crime and development, from crime being seen as an outcome of development during the Cold War, to it becoming an obstacle to development in the Sustainable Development Goals. Reflecting on this historical analysis, the paper also explores the different theoretical frameworks for thinking about the institutional, ideational and structural drivers behind the emergence of the nexus.

Dr Jarrett Blaustein is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. His research primarily focuses on the relationship between crime, development and security as well as the mobility of crime control policies.

Dr Tom Chodor is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University. His research focuses on the global governance of the global political economy, and the role of non-state actors in contesting global policy agendas.

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