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Gabriel Leon
Gabriel Leon

Dr Gabriel Leon-Ablan

Reader in Political Economy

Biography

Gabriel Leon-Ablan is a Reader in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy, where he is the coordinator of the Political Economy of Peace and Conflict Research group. He is also an external associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Before joining King’s, Gabriel was the Bevil Mabey Fellow in Economics at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. He studied applied mathematics at Harvard (BA) and economics at Oxford (DPhil/PhD). Before his PhD, he worked as an associate consultant in the NYC offices of Bain & Company.

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Research

  • Social unrest
  • Riots and protests
  • Social order
  • Historical political economy

Gabriel's research focuses on social unrest (including riots and protests), social order and historical political economy. He has worked on a number of topics, including the diffusion of violence, the causes and consequences of riots, the causes of coups d'etat, and English political development.

Office hours

Monday, 15.00 - 16.00, in Bush House NE, room 7.06. (Except reading week). Please book a time slot here: https://gabriel-kcl.youcanbook.me.

Fridays, 15.00 - 16.00, in Bush House NE, room 7.06. (Except reading week). Please book a time slot here: https://gabriel-kcl.youcanbook.me.

Office hours are in person. If you would like to meet virtually, please let me know 24 hours in advance.

Teaching 

PhD Supervision

Gabriel welcomes applications from potential students interested in social unrest (including riots and protests), social order and historical political economy.

    Research

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    Political Economy of Peace and Conflict

    The Political Economy of Peace and Security research group analyses a wide range of conflicts, conflict resolution and institutional design for positive peace.

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    Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

    The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

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    Comparative Politics Research Group

    The Comparative Politics research group hosts a research agenda based on political institutions, representation and regimes.

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    Latin American Security Research Group

    The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

    News

    Gentrification had 'significant effect' on people's decision to join London riots

    The process of gentrification in London likely reduced participation in the riots that swept the city in 2011, according to a new study.

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    New research reveals impact of rioting at the ballot box

    Rioting and civil unrest can generate support at the ballot box by highlighting a perceived injustice to people who may otherwise have been unaware.

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    Personal and trade networks key in spread of unrest during English Swing riots

    The diffusion of information through personal and trade networks were key factors driving the spread of unrest during one of the largest riots in British...

    Protest closeup

    Visit from King's team helps build on academic partnership

    A special collaboration between King’s College London and a university in Egypt was celebrated during a visit by a team of academics.

    The King's College London team with staff and students at New Giza University, in Egypt.

      Research

      security camera
      Political Economy of Peace and Conflict

      The Political Economy of Peace and Security research group analyses a wide range of conflicts, conflict resolution and institutional design for positive peace.

      quantative resized
      Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

      The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

      talk-at-kings-thumbnail
      Comparative Politics Research Group

      The Comparative Politics research group hosts a research agenda based on political institutions, representation and regimes.

      _DSC0102
      Latin American Security Research Group

      The Latin American Security Research Group (LAS) gathers experts working on international relations, defence and security in Latin America.

      News

      Gentrification had 'significant effect' on people's decision to join London riots

      The process of gentrification in London likely reduced participation in the riots that swept the city in 2011, according to a new study.

      alex-mccarthy-riot-unsplash

      New research reveals impact of rioting at the ballot box

      Rioting and civil unrest can generate support at the ballot box by highlighting a perceived injustice to people who may otherwise have been unaware.

      alex-mccarthy-riot-unsplash

      Personal and trade networks key in spread of unrest during English Swing riots

      The diffusion of information through personal and trade networks were key factors driving the spread of unrest during one of the largest riots in British...

      Protest closeup

      Visit from King's team helps build on academic partnership

      A special collaboration between King’s College London and a university in Egypt was celebrated during a visit by a team of academics.

      The King's College London team with staff and students at New Giza University, in Egypt.