Prior to joining NOREF, Mabel González worked as an international consultant on peace and security and held various positions at Médecins Sans Frontières, Greenpeace and the Centre for Peace Research. Her main areas of interest are conflict, instability and organised violence, with a focus on non-state armed actors and their role in global politics, and mediation with non-conventional groups. She was previously a fellow of the Global South Unit for Mediation at the BRICS Policy Centre (Brazil), and an analyst and project coordinator at the strategic consulting firm Wikistrat. She holds an MLitt in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews and a specialisation in International Information from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has taught master’s-level courses at the Complutense University and the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, among others. She is the author of numerous publications, including Narcotrafficking and Organized Crime: What Are the Alternatives? and Desplazados: Forced Displacement in Colombia.