Dr Allan Gillies

  • Lecturer in Global Economy (School of Social & Political Sciences)

Biography

I joined the School of Social and Political Sciences in April 2021 as Lecturer in Global Economy. Prior to this lectureship, I worked on two interdisciplinary projects: Colombia River Stories: improving socio-environmental understandings for building sustainable peace (ESRC-Newton Caldas) and Water and Fire: Enhancing Capacity and Reducing Risk through 15 'Best Bets' for Transformative Adaptation with Vulnerable Residents on the Cape Flats (Global Challenges Research Fund - GCRF). In 2017, I held an ESRC-GCRF Fellowship also here at the School of Social and Political Sciences, researching the development implications of illicit economies in the Global South. I was awarded my PhD in 2016 in History at the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow, where I held a Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith Scholarship.

My research examines how transnational illicit commodities shape political economies in Latin America. I interrogate the intersections of illicit economies with processes of state-making and conflict, socio-environmental crises, and the livelihood strategies of marginalised communities.  My work intervenes in debates around the causes of drug violence in Latin America, the development of the state in post-colonial contexts and the dynamics of socio-environmental conflict. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Bolivia and Colombia on this topic, using oral history interviews, archival sources and participatory methods to map illicit economies and their effects. 

My research engages with vital policy debates around the failures of the 'war on drugs' in Latin America and the search for more humane and effective alternatives. For example, I have collaborated on knowledge exchange activities with Christian Aid and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on pathways to integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into policy responses.

Research interests

  • The political economy of illicit commodities
  • The state in post-colonial contexts and political transition
  • Socio-environmental conflict
  • US-Latin American relations
  • International development

Publications

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2020

Gillies, A. (2020) Contesting the ‘war on drugs’ in the Andes: US-Bolivian relations of power and control (1989-1993). Journal of Latin American Studies, 52(1), pp. 77-106. (doi: 10.1017/S0022216X19000324)

2019

Gillies, A. , Collins, J. and Soderholm, A. (2019) Addressing the development implications of illicit economies: the rise of a policy and research agenda. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1(1), pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.31389/jied.17)

2018

Gillies, A. (2018) Theorising state-narco relations in Bolivia's nascent democracy (1982-1993): governance order and political transition. Third World Quarterly, 39(4), pp. 727-746. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1374839)

2017

Gillies, A. (2017) The Coca-Cocaine Economy, the US ‘War on Drugs’ and Bolivia’s Democratic Transition (1982-1993). [Website]

Gillies, A. (2017) La economía coca-cocaína, la guerra contra las drogas de los Estados Unidos y la transición democrática de Bolivia (1982-1993). [Website]

2015

Gillies, A. (2015) Closing Evidence Gaps on the Prevalence and Harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government.

Gillies, A. (2015) Mapping Current and Potential Sources of Routine Data Capture on New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government.

Gillies, A. (2015) Contested ground: the Chapare and the “War on Drugs” in Bolivia. Drouth, 53,

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Articles

Gillies, A. (2020) Contesting the ‘war on drugs’ in the Andes: US-Bolivian relations of power and control (1989-1993). Journal of Latin American Studies, 52(1), pp. 77-106. (doi: 10.1017/S0022216X19000324)

Gillies, A. , Collins, J. and Soderholm, A. (2019) Addressing the development implications of illicit economies: the rise of a policy and research agenda. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1(1), pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.31389/jied.17)

Gillies, A. (2018) Theorising state-narco relations in Bolivia's nascent democracy (1982-1993): governance order and political transition. Third World Quarterly, 39(4), pp. 727-746. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1374839)

Gillies, A. (2015) Contested ground: the Chapare and the “War on Drugs” in Bolivia. Drouth, 53,

Research Reports or Papers

Gillies, A. (2015) Closing Evidence Gaps on the Prevalence and Harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government.

Gillies, A. (2015) Mapping Current and Potential Sources of Routine Data Capture on New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government.

Website

Gillies, A. (2017) The Coca-Cocaine Economy, the US ‘War on Drugs’ and Bolivia’s Democratic Transition (1982-1993). [Website]

Gillies, A. (2017) La economía coca-cocaína, la guerra contra las drogas de los Estados Unidos y la transición democrática de Bolivia (1982-1993). [Website]

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Grants

  • Co-applicant – Responding to COVID-19 in Chocó, Colombia (£148,714), Scottish Funding Council – Global Challenges Research Fund, COVID-19 Rapid Response (April 2020).
  • Co-applicant – Developing Community Arts-Based Methods for Socio-Environmental Advocacy in Chocó, Colombia (£13,600), ESRC Impact Acceleration Award (November 2019).
  • Co-applicant – Water Stories: indirect impacts of socio-environmental conflict on community health in Chocó, Colombia (£73,000), Scottish Funding Council – Global Challenges Research Fund (April 2019).
  • Co-applicant – Colombia River Stories: supporting socio-environmental advocacy (£13,400), Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund (January 2019).
  • Principal investigator – Addressing the Development Implications of Illicit Economies in the Global South (€60,000), grant agreement with the Global Partnership on Drug Policy and Development (GPDPD) at GIZ (December 2017).
  • Principal investigator – Illicit Drug Economies, Governance and the Security-Development Nexus in the Global South (£92,589), ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Fellowship (January 2017).

Teaching

Issues in Global Political Economy

Research datasets

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2016

Gillies, A. (2016) State-narco networks and the 'War on Drugs' in post-transition Bolivia, with special reference to 1989-1993. [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Research associate at the Global Drug Policy Observatory, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and the Andean Information Network.