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We are thrilled to announce the publication of PoLAR's new series, featuring the research network ILLICITIES. Funded by a seed grant from the CUS, ILLICITIES explores the nexus of city-making and organized crime.

The first set includes texts by Diane E. Davis and Graham Denyer Willis on urban governance crisis in the age of pandemics, Camila Pierobon on the role of basic infrastructure as connections between organized crime and residents in Rio de Janeiro, Antonia McGrath on gang activites and their formal state embeddedness in the Honduran city of El Progreso, and Frank I. Müller on the politics of urban sand in Rio de Janeiro. Find the texts here.

For any comment, question or in case you wish to contribute to the blog from with insights from your own research, please write to Frank I. Müller.