Approach to understanding the behaviour of maritime drug trafficking networks from the evolutionary framework based on the simulation of social systems.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


This proposal for a research project aims to support the following lines of action
of research on 'Security, Peace and Conflict' and 'Dynamics and Management
of the Faculty, as well as the Colombian Crime Observatory.
Organized. Normally, these two lines of research do not usually carry out
research approaches as a whole, however, from the perspective of the
theoretical perspectives of 'Organisations as social systems' and 'Systems
adaptive complexes' is projected to be able to explain the dynamics of adaptation
and flexibility of maritime narco-trafficking in the Americas through the use of the
of social systems simulation instruments. By the nature of the
subject, this can be framed as a project associated with the
investigations being carried out at the Colombian Crime Observatory (Observatorio Colombiano de Crimen).
The theoretical perspectives mentioned in the previous paragraph will make it possible to analyze
and explain the flexible, adaptable and evolutionary behaviour of the system
the transnational organization of maritime narco-trafficking. In addition, the
This research proposal will seek to understand the logics of the
the behaviour of the actors, the tasks they perform, the way they function
of production centres, distribution, modes of transport, and their
routes. All these variables, within the system, are subject to continuous
processes of change that have to do with the requirements imposed by the
context conditions.


The resources invested in this project through human capital will allow us to approach the construction of a framework of analysis and study useful for discussion both in the academic field, as well as in the spaces.
for the formulation of public policies. In addition to the young researcher's responsibilities in the area of research products, which are listed below, the faculty tutors of this project will advance in publications. Although there may be some focused as scientific, academic or methodological contribution, the objective is also to present documents and recommendations that can serve in the taking of
decisions regarding the fight against drug trafficking.
It is only logical that contributing to the understanding of the changing dynamics of drug trafficking flows, and even, perhaps, making some projection of trends, constitutes a contribution of political, economic and social relevance.
and social. This social function of the project becomes more evident considering the participation of the National Navy, through its center of studies in the matter, the CIMCON.
CIMCON is a multinational study center with the participation of National Navy Officers from different countries working as liaisons, who are dedicated to the study of the dynamics of drug trafficking.
in the region. Being one of the actors in the project, the research results will not only be of interest to Colombian institutions, but also to other states, at the bilateral and multilateral action levels.
While this contribution may initially favor the Military Forces as the institutions most interested in the object of this project, the interest may have a broader scope. In addition, the following are taken into account
the growing inter-agency action in the fight against illicit trafficking, the depth of the impact can be understood.
Effective start/end date2/3/1911/30/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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