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Julia Buxton


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Julia is British Academy Global Professor, with a four-year award for research on changing patterns of drug supply, and the impact of decriminalisation and legalisation initiatives on the quality of drug policy making, stakeholder inclusion and reduction of drug related harms. Her research, teaching and supervision interests focus on illicit drug markets and the impact of counter narcotics policies on development, gender equality and security. She has experience of applied and practice focused research in intersecting areas of policy design and evaluation, including conflict, rights based and gender sensitive processes. She has geographical expertise on Latin America and is a specialist on Venezuela.

Julia was previously Professor of Comparative Politics, Associate Dean and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, Central European University in Budapest and has held research, teaching and / or management positions in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service) and Kingston University. She led a three-year project with Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi on peace and conflict capacity building for female parliamentarians, academics and researchers; she led the UK Foreign Office Chevening course 'Using Democracy for Peace'; and she was part of academic teams that designed and delivered the Chevening course ‘Security Sector Reform in Countries Emerging from Conflict’ and various donor and consultancy projects on peacebuilding, conflict reduction, combatant demobilisation and security sector reform including for Swedish SIDA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland, USAID and the UK Department for International Development. At Central European University, Julia managed a series of awards from Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Programme that enabled research and international workshops on drug policy analysis and the gendered impacts of drug policy enforcement, and delivery of an annual drug policy reform summer school.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Failure of Political Reform in Venezuela, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)

Sept 1994 → …

Award Date: 1 May 1998

Master in Science, Comparative Politics

1 Sept 1993 → …

Award Date: 1 Sept 1994

External positions

Senior Research Associate, Global Drug Policy Organisation, Swansea University

1 Sept 2014 → …

Region Head, Latin America, Oxford Analytica

1 Dec 1998 → …

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JL Political institutions (America except United States)
  • JF Political institutions (General)


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