Understanding the behavior of maritime drug trafficking networks, from the framework of evolutionary theory, based on the simulation of social systems.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The present research project proposal aims to give continuity to the project entitled "Approach to the understanding of the behavior of maritime drug trafficking networks from the evolutionary framework based on the simulation of social systems". To this end, two theoretical perspectives will be used: 'Organizations as social systems' and 'Complex adaptive systems', with which it is planned to explain the dynamics of adaptation, innovation and flexibility of maritime drug trafficking in the Americas, using computational tools associated with the simulation of social systems. Due to the nature of the topic, the proposal is related to the research being carried out at the Colombian Observatory of Organized Crime.
The aforementioned theoretical perspectives will allow analyzing and explaining the flexible, adaptive and evolutionary behavior of the transnational organizational system of maritime drug trafficking. In addition, the logics of the actors' behavior, the tasks they perform, the functioning of production centers, distribution, modes of transport and routes will be understood and explained in general terms. It should be clarified that, within the system, these elements are subject to continuous processes of change motivated by environmental conditions.
In order to achieve the proposed objectives, it will be necessary to work on a specific methodological approach. In the first instance, semi-structured interviews will be planned, which will be carried out during the development of different field trips in the cities of Bogota and Cartagena, specifically to the International Maritime Center for Analysis against Drug Trafficking, of the National Navy. Secondly, use will be made of available methodologies for the realization of simulation models with a focus on social systems, using software tools belonging to agent-based simulation, with the purpose of explaining the dynamics of adaptation and flexibility of the maritime drug trafficking system in the Americas.

Commitments / Obligations

Representación de la simulación desarrollada en conjunto con el equipo de investigación, en el programa NetLogo 5.0. En el estarán las modalidades de transporte de cocaína, las rutas utilizadas por los actores que hacen parte de la red de narcotráfico marítimo, el carácter innovador, adaptativo y evolutivo de las redes de narcotráfico marítimo.
• Artículo académico del Joven Investigador en coautoría para publicar en revista indexada. A partir de la recopilación de datos de narcotráfico marítimo, los ejercicios de simulación, la revisión bibliográfica del marco evolutivo aplicado a los sistemas sociales y de la revisión bibliográfica de organizaciones vinculadas al crimen trasnacional organizado.
• Presentación en foro académico o conferencia especializada. Montar y ejecutar la presentación final de la investigación, incluyendo el componente teórico y de la simulación, en un evento académico asociado al tema del narcotráfico o en el tercer seminario internacional sobre interdicción marítima del CIMCON.
Effective start/end date2/1/1911/30/20

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

  • National


  • Bogotá D.C.


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