José Antonio GUTIERREZ

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Postdoctoral researcher

Institut d'études européennes (bureau R41.4.101)
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 39
1050 Bruxelles


Adresse postale
Université libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50 - CP 172/01
1050 Bruxelles

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Dr. José Antonio Gutiérrez is post-doctoral researcher at REPI. He has experience working on conflict, illegal economies, and contentious politics, with a particular expertise in Colombia. He has also worked on gender, rural research and sustainability. He has frequently worked in multinational and transdisciplinary teams in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has worked as researcher in two H2020 projects: PRUV -Preparedeness and Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability (Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 691060) as researcher with University College Dublin, and Ploutos -Data Driven Sustainable Agri-Food Chains (grant agreement No. 101000594), as post-doctoral researcher with Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority of Ireland. At present, he is exploring dynamics of organised violence in post peace agreement societies.


He defended his PhD thesis on “Insurgent Institutions: Refractory communities, armed insurgency and institution-building in the Colombian conflict” in January 2019, at University College Dublin. His ethnographic research explores social fabric and institution-building in insurgency controlled areas. His doctoral research was kindly funded by the Andrew Grene Scholarship of the Irish Research Council and the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Ireland (GOIPG/2015/2479). In 2014 he was research assistant on the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims in Colombia, in the context of the peace negotiations between the FARC-EP rebels and the Government of Colombia. He has lectured in Colombia (USTA) and Ireland (UCD, TCD). 


He is a member of the European Society for Rural Sociology, the Marie Curie Alumni Association, and of the International Transformative Justice Network. He is Research Fellow of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction of the Dublin City University (IICRR, DCU) and is associated to the Colombian think tank Centro de Investigación y Acción para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos (CIPADH).


- November 2020-June 2022: Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow, H2020 Ploutos project– Data Driven Sustainable Agri-Food Chains.

-January 2020- : Lecturer, School of Law, Universidad Santo Tomás (Colombia).

-January 2017-December 2019: Researcher, H2020 PRUV project -Preparedness and Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability. 

-September 2015-August 2017: Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin. 

-September 2014-December 2014: Assistant Researcher at Historical Commission on the Conflict and its Victims, Colombia.

-September 2007-August 2014: Research and Development Officer, Latin American Solidarity Centre (Dublin) 

Domaines d'intérêt

Rural Studies, Conflict Studies, Rebel Governance, Illegal Economies, Transitional Justice, Transformative Justice, Sustainability Studies, Gender Studies.

Informations secrétariat

Institut d'études européennes (bureau R41.4.104)
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 39
1050 Bruxelles


Adresse postale
Université libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50 - CP 172/01
1050 Bruxelles

Travaux sélectionnés

Journal Articles



  • “The unspoken red-line in Colombia: gender re-ordering of women ex-combatants and the transformative peace agenda”, Cooperation and Conflict, co-authored with Emma Murphy (online).


  • “Tillyian process without a Tillyian effect: Criminalised economies and State-building in the Colombian conflict”, Journal of Political Power, 15(1): 29-55, co-authored with Estefanía Ciro.


  • “State, Political Power and Criminality in Civil War –Revisiting Old Debates from Different Angles”, Journal of Political Power, 15(1): 1-13, introduction to special issue, co-authored with Francisco Gutiérrez-Sanín.


  • “Creating a Rainbow for Sustainability: the Case of Sustainable Beef”, Sustainability, 14(8): 4446, co-authored with Richard Lynch, Maeve Henchion and John Hyland.





  • “Rebels-turned-narcos? The FARC-EP’s political involvement in Colombia’s cocaine economy”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 44(1): 26-51, co-authored with Frances Thomson




  • “A Walk with the Lads’: Masculinities’ Perspectives, Gender Dynamics and Resilience in Soacha, Colombia”, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (published online)


  • “The Nation Against the State: the Irish Question and Britain-based Anarchists in the Age of Empire”, Nations and Nationalism, 26(3): 611-627, 2019, co-authored with Federico Ferretti



  • “Participatory Action Research (PAR) and the Colombian Peasant Reserve Zones: The Legacy of Orlando Fals Borda”, Policy & Practice: a Development Education Review, Issue 22, Spring 2016


  • “Revolutions of the Possible: Understanding the Rise (and Crisis) of the New Latin American Left”, Policy & Practice: a Development Education Review, Issue 22, Spring 2016 (co-authored with Renán Vega Cantor)


  • “Exploring the problems of Solidarity”, Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 6(2): 26-34, 2014 (co-authored with Hilary Darcy and David Landy)


  • “Conference Review. ‘International Solidarity: Practices, Problems, Possibilities’, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, 6 December 2013”, Irish Journal of Sociology, 22(2), November 2014 (co-authored with David Landy, Hilary Darcy and Joanna Orr)





  • “Nuevas Tendencias del Derecho: la Justicia Transformativa”, a book on transformative justice and its potential in post-peace agreement Colombia, co-authored with Eric Hoddy & Daire McGill, Universidad Santo Tomás: Medellín, 2022 (forthcoming)


  • “Siempre de Pie, Nunca Rendidos” A Social History of the Sugar Cane Cutters in Colombia, co-authored with Renán Vega Cantor, Teoría & Praxis and Desde Abajo: Bogotá, 2019.


  • “Problemas e Possibilidades do Anarquismo”, Faisca: Sao Paulo, 2011


  • “Los Orígenes Libertarios del Primero de Mayo, de Chicago a América Latina (1886-1930)” Quimantú: Santiago de Chile, 2010 (Editor)



Book Reviews







  • “Soapbox rebellion. The Hobo Orator Union and the Free Speech Fights of the Industrial Workers of the World, 1909–1916” by Matthew May. Social Movement Studies, 15(3), 2016






Development Education Resources


  • “Experiencias de construcción de resiliencia en Altos de la Florida, Soacha (Colombia)”, Bogotá: Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados, 2019.


  • “Priceless Land: Forced Displacement and Land Restitution in Colombia from an Irish and International Perspective”, LASC: Dublin, 2014 (co-written with Karen Jeffares)


  • “Irish Investment in Latin America”, LASC: Dublin, 2010


  • “Recipe for Disaster –Who’s Cooking the Global Meal” LASC: Dublin, 2010