Valentin Pereda Aguado

photo of Valentin Pereda Aguado
PhD candidate, 2013


Research Interests

Organized crime, organized violence, extra-legal governance, organizational theory, violent non-state actors.


“Violence and Decision-making in Criminal Organizations: a study of three Mexican cartels”

Supervisor: Matthew Light

My study explores the relationship between different types of organized crime violence and the organizational decision-making mechanisms through which Mexican organized crime groups deploy them. I theorize that the processes of decision-making through which organized crime groups exert different forms of violence vary depending on the characteristics of violence.


MA, International Security, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

BA, Political Science, Centre for Research & Teaching in Economics, Mexico.


I am a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, I received a Master’s degree in International Security from the University of Warwick, and an undergraduate degree in Political
Science from CIDE, Mexico.



Pereda, V. (2018). Burning bridges: why don’t organized crime groups pull back from violent conflicts? Global Crime, 19(1), 63–84.


Pereda, V. (2017, May 17). Pourquoi le Canada devrait-il s’intéresser aux cartels mexicains? [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Pereda, V. (2017, March 8). Why Canada should care about organized crime In Mexico [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Pereda, V. (2017, January 28). Pourquoi un cartel mexicain s’en prend aux organisateurs canadiens d’un festival de musique? [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Pereda, V. (2017, January 26). Why Did A Mexican Cartel Target Canadian Festival Organizers? [Blog post]. Retrieved from


Pereda, V. (2017). Violence and private protection rackets in Mexico and Turkey. Presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society. Mexico City, Mexico.

Pereda, V. (2015). When roving bandits fail to become stationary: mass violence in Mexico’s criminal insurgency. Presented at the 9th Pan-European conference on International Relations. Giardini Naxos, Italy.

Pereda, V. (2015). When roving bandits fail to become stationary: mass violence by Mexican criminal organizations. Presented at the 15th annual conference of the European Society of Criminology. Porto, Portugal.

In the Press

PhD Student Valentin Pereda speaks about cartel violence in Mexico

PhD Student Valentin Pereda appears in a W5 story about cartel violence in Mexico

PhD student Valentin Pereda publishes an article in Huff Post on why a Mexican cartel targeted Canadian festival organizers