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Nicolas Trajtenberg

Lecturer

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

Overview

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.

Biography

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

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

Teaching

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.