Peace Economics at UNDP


If you’re in New York City, please join me for a presentation of my research next week!

The UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action cordially invites you

to a brown bag lunch event on:

Peace Economics in México:

From the drug war to peaceful markets

Tuesday 15 January 2013

1:00 – 2:30 pm

1 UN Plaza (DC-1), 20th floor Conference Room


Do markets build peace? Can economic structures support ongoing violence? The emerging conversation about peace economics explores these and other timely questions. This discussion will present an overview of the most recent work in the emerging concept of peace economics and its application in the context of México based on the author’s primary research.

In light of both the violence and poverty experienced there, México makes an important and fascinating case for understanding peace economics. In addition to México’s complicated economic history, approximately 50,000 lives have been lost to the drug war since 2006.  Without specific warring parties, but with large-scale and organized violence, México’s conflict is difficult to understand and address. Talia Hagerty argues that México is experiencing violence as market activity – a new framework with significant implications for economic policy, development and human rights work, and peacebuilding. The presentation will conclude with time for participants to discuss this emerging issue and, importantly, ways to address these ongoing challenges.

About the presenter:

Talia Hagerty is a Masters candidate at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, with a concentration in peacebuilding and peace economics. Her research focuses on informal and illicit economies globally, and the drug trade in Latin America specifically. After completing her masters thesis – an exploration of economic opportunity and markets in México – Talia aims to work toward peaceful economic structures and opportunities in the Americas. Talia earned a BA in Economics from Eckerd College in 2008, and spent two years working in fair trade at the Center for Cultural Interchange and Greenheart in Chicago. Since moving to New York City in 2010, Talia has worked on violence containment research at the Institute for Economics and Peace and collaborated with regulators, civil society, and the private sector at the environmental consulting firm, Matthiessen Strategies.


Please feel free to disseminate this invitation to all interested colleagues.
Visitors without a valid UN pass, must bring a picture ID.  Please be informed that there will be one organized pick-up at 12.45 p.m. in the DC-1 lobby for participants who do not have a UN pass which is needed to enter the building.  We regret that arrivals after that time cannot be picked up and escorted into the building and will not be able to attend.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action

Hosted by: UNDP, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery

A Framework of UN agencies, programmes, funds, departments and offices to coordinate integrated initiatives for early preventive action


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