Dr. Topher McDougal

Topher McDougal is Assistant Professor in Economic Development & Peacebuilding at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also Research Affiliate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, & Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Ami Carpenter

Ami Carpenter is an Assistant Professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego. She holds a PhD from George Mason University and has taught courses on international, community and organizational conflict prevention and resolution at George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia), National Taurida Vernatsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine), and California State University (Dominguez Hills).

Dr. Daniel Montolio

Daniel Montolio is currently Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Barcelona (Spain) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of York (UK). He is also researcher at the Barcelona Institute of Economics (Spain). Previously, Dr. Montolio was advisor for the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Government of Catalonia (Spain).

Dr. Jurgen Brauer

Jurgen Brauer (PhD; Economics; U. of Notre Dame; 1989) is Professor of Economics at the Hull College of Business, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, USA, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

He co-edits the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and has written or co-written numerous books in the fields of peace economics, economic development, and military affairs. In addition to studying the small arms industry, he currently works on a book on economic aspects of genocide and its prevention. He may be reached via Stone Garden Economics

Nicholas Marsh

Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), where he works on several areas of research on small arms including the global trade, relationship between availability and armed conflict, and governence. He is co-editor of the 2012 book Small Arms Crime and Conflict.

Marsh's project at PRIO runs the NISAT database, the world's only global database of the small arms trade. A visualization can be found here. The project also undertakes daily global media searches for press articles on small arms which are archived in a library containing over 40.000 documents, some of which are mentioned on the project's Twitter feed.

Dr. David Shirk

Associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego, a Global Fellow at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a visiting professor at the UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Dr. Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah is Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, oversees research and policy at the SecDev Foundation, and is associated with the International Relations Institute at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, the University of Oxford, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies in Geneva. He writes extensively on arms control, security, and development and co-founded the Stability Journal.

From Brazil he directs several multi-country projects on new technologies, international cooperation, peace-support operations, transnational organized crime, violence reduction, and humanitarian action in non-war settings across Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. Working with Google and other partners, he has designed award-winning data visualizations on the arms trade, citizen security, money laundering, cyber-crime, and new forms of policing. Previously, he was research director of the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011).

Jorge Lisón

Jorge is a graduate student of International Relations at the University of San Diego. He obtained a B.A. in Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, and he is passionate about data-mining, computer programming, and statistical analysis. Jorge manages the SADO website, and provides technical support to the rest of the team.