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Lorina Johnson-Prince is a PhD student in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development and a part-time research assistant for the African Leadership Centre. Her research focuses on analysing the interaction between transnational criminal organisations, communities and the state through a process leadership lens.

In addition to this, Lorina has a flexible working position as a policy and procedures officer for Children of All Nations Fostering Agency. Lorina obtained BA(Hons) in Politics and International Relations from University of Westminster and MSc in Security Leadership and Society, from the African Leadership Centre, King's College London.


Thesis title: 'A leadership analysis of the shadow narco state: a case study of the Jamaican shower posse and their Christopher Coke'

This research aims to provide a unique contribution to the transnational crime and global security debate by focusing on the interaction between transnational criminal organisations (TCOs), communities and the state – from a process based leadership perspective.

While the challenge of TCOs to state security and their interaction with communities in the form of their transnational criminal activities is a widely publicised topic in the media and academia, this topic in relation to leadership studies is an unexplored domain. While this literature focuses on how communities align themselves to TCOs due to the social security element they provide, it does not highlight the other factors in terms of leadership emergence and the exchange of influence that could play a role in this loyalty.

This project aims to fill this gap by providing an illuminating analysis of the dark side of leadership, by extensively examining, from a process leadership perspective, the ability of transnational criminal organisations to secure the loyalty of communities over their commitment to the state. 

PhD supervision

Further details

See Lorina's research profile