Katherine Aguirre is a Colombian economist with professional experience in the areas of violence and development. She has worked with think tanks in Colombia (Centro de Recursos para el Análisis de Conflictos – CERAC, Fundación Ideas para la Paz – FIP) and Switzerland (Small Arms Survey). Katherine holds a Masters in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland). Katherine’s research emphasizes empirical methods to establish factual foundations to guide effective policy-making in the fields of violence reduction and development. In addition, she coordinates a project that centralizes and disseminates economic research in Colombia – Dotec-Colombia, and leads the network Amassuru- Women in Security and Defense in Latin America and the Caribbean. Katherine interest includes citizen security in Latin America, violence data (processing and innovative ways of representation and analysis), monitoring violence prevention and reduction initiatives and studying post-conflict violence.