Simone Haysom has expertise in policing and organised crime, urban change, displacement, and humanitarianism in conflict settings. Previously a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute in London, she is now a Senior Research Analyst at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. Recent major work projects include documenting and analysing the heroin trade along Africa's east coast, and researching the livelihoods of Syrian refugees in Amman. Her first non-fiction book, about the recent rise of vigilantism in Cape Town and the Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha township, is scheduled for publication by Jonathan Ball in September 2018. She will be a Visiting Academic at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford until September 2018.