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Nicolas Trajtenberg

Lecturer

Email
trajtenbergn@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0854
Campuses
2.11, Glamorgan Building

I am a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University

My research aims to understand what risk factors cause, mediate or moderate the violence in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as to investigate the transference and implementation of the offenders´ prevention and rehabilitation programmes in the LMICs. My work focuses on the following topics:

  • Rational and irrational causal mechanisms in criminological theory
  • Legitimacy and youth violence
  • Prison, rehabilitation & desistance
  • Punitiveness & punishment
  • Online victimization and cyberbullying

My interdisciplinary background and my postgraduate training at Oxford and Cambridge Universities provided me with strong knowledge and skills on qualitative and quantitative methods. I have research experience on a large number of projects applying a wide range of methodological approaches ensuring the research is disseminated to academics, practitioners, policy makers and the general public.

Employment

  • 2019 to present: Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • 2016 – 2019: Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay
  • 2015 – 2016: Co-researcher, University of Manila – UNICEF, Philippines
  • 2013 – 2014: Co- researcher, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge –Optimus Foundation, United Kingdom
  • 2007 – 2012: Associate lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay

Education

  • 2017: PhD in Criminology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2012: MSc in Criminology (Research Methods), University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2005:  MSc in Criminology, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • 2003: MSc in Sociology (MSc), University of the Republic, Uruguay
  • 2000: Post-graduate Diploma in Economy, University of the Republic, Uruguay
  • 1999: Degree in Sociology, University of the Republic, Uruguay

2019

2018

My teaching is informed by my experience as researcher and by my interdisciplinary and mixed methods background. I have more than a decade of teaching experience at graduate and postgraduate level for the University of the Republic and Catholic University (Uruguay). Main subjects included:

  • Social Theory (Year 2)
  • Argumentation Theory (Year 1)
  • Epistemology for social sciences (Year 3)
  • Introduction to Criminology (Year 3)
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences (Year 2)
  • Criminological Theories (Msc)
  • Violence in Latin America (Msc)

Teaching at Cardiff University

  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology (Year 1)
  • Criminological Inquires (Year 1)
  • Lies, damn lies and Statistics (Year 1)
  • Critical Perspectives in Social Science (Msc)

Current projects

  • 2019 – 2020: ‘Violence in prison: Measurement, causes and policy suggestions’. Safety Security Grant, National Agency of Research and Innovation. £20,000.
  • 2019 – 2021: ‘Risks and Benefits of adolescents’ use of internet in Uruguay: risk and protective factors of cyberbullying’. Clemente Estable Grant, National Agency of Research and Innovation. £37,000.

Previous projects

  • 2018: ‘Punitiveness in Uruguay: How punitive are Uruguayans and what are the main reasons?’. Open Society Foundations. £16,000.
  • 2017 – 2019: ‘Recidivism and Rehabilitation: Risk Assessment and Process Evaluation of the Sex Offender Treatment’. Social Inclusion Grant, Sectorial Commission of Scientific Research. £24,000.
  • 2013 – 2015: ‘Re-entry Policies:Tthe role of the National Agency of ex prisoners’. Social Inclusion Grant, Sectorial Commission of Scientific Research. £37,000.
  • 2013 – 2014: ‘Towards a more effective violence prevention policy in Uruguay’. Optimus Foundation. £65,000.
  • 2013: ‘Drugs and youth crime in Uruguay: Empirical evidence for a more informed public debate’. Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship, Social Science Research Council. £19,000.
  • 2009 – 2010: ‘Between recidivism and desistance: Factors and reasons of exiting criminal life in Uruguay’. Research + Development Grant, Sectorial Commission of Scientific Research. £16,000.
  • 2008: ‘Causes of juvenile crime in Montevideo’. Clemente Estable Grant, National Agency of Research and Innovation. £8,000.
  • 2007 – 2009: ‘Youth criminal trajectories: How and why do they start, continue or give up to criminality’. Productive Sector Program Grant, Sectorial Commission of Scientific Research. £16,000.
  • 2007 – 2009: ‘Rehabilitation policies in Uruguay: The case of the National Centre of Rehabilitation’. Productive Sector Program Grant, Sectorial Commission of Scientific Research. £16,000.