Research Interests: Criminology, Legitimacy of the Law, Policing, Violence, Quantitative Methods.
Thiago R. Oliveira is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Social Investigation and a Research Fellow of Nuffield College. He received his Ph.D. in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2021.
Thiago is a criminologist who draws on theories from sociology, social policy, and psychology to study the exercise of legal power and its effects on public recognition of authority and deviant behaviour. He uses policing and beliefs about the legitimacy of the law as his primary research examples, with special focus on large cities in the Global South. He approaches these topics with methods from quantitative social science and relies on statistical, computational, and econometric methods.
His chief research interests are primarily organised around three topics: temporal and spatial issues centred around the idea that members of the public can lose faith in legal institutions when they are repeatedly exposed to police misconduct and violence; effectiveness and consequences of aggressive policing tactics designed to tackle crime and ensure public safety; and criminal justice policy in Brazil. Thiago's methodological interests include longitudinal data analysis, causal inference with observational data, measurement, and R programming. His work has apperead in venues such as the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and Law & Society Review.