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Latin America at Warwick Network - Members

Tom Long (Co-director)

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longtTom Long is Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City. He was 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.

Most of Tom’s research concerns International Relations of the Americas, with a focus on US-Latin American relations and Latin American foreign policy. His research has an historical and archival emphasis. He is currently conducting multinational research on Latin America in formation of international order in the late nineteenth century, as part of a larger interest in Latin America and the liberal international order. He is particularly interested in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. He is always keen to find new collaborations at the intersections of Latin American studies, politics, IR, political economy, and history.

Tom is author of Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and A Small State's Guide to Influence in World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2022). His articles have appeared in journals including International Organization (forthcoming), International Security, International Affairs, International Studies Review, Diplomatic History, Foro Internacional, and Latin American Research Review. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University.

Recent publications:

Keywords: IR, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, political economy, foreign policy

Mauricio Palma-Gutiérrez (Co-director)

Mauricio dot Palma-Gutierrez dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk


Mauricio is a PhD student at PAIS, University of Warwick and a lecturer in International and Political Studies at the Del Rosario University (Bogotá, Colombia).

His current research focuses on the contested practices and changing conceptions of sovereignty in cross-border migration from Venezuela along the South American Andes during Covid-19. He is specially interested in Human mobility across the Americas, Critical border and security studies, and Global migration and displacement.

Recent publications:

  • 2022 - (with Tom Long) "Performativity and Colombian Foreign Policy: A 'Good Member' of the Liberal International Order?" Desafíos

  • 2022 - "Breaking the Encanto" (Review). Journal of Refugee Studies.

  • pens in20212022 - "A Transitory Settlement on the way back to Venezuela: A tale of Vulnerability, Exception, and Migrant Resistance in times of Covid-19". REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, 29(61). 

  • 2021 -“The Politics of Generosity. Colombian Official Discourse towards Migration from Venezuela, 2015-2018”. Colombia Internacional, 106.

Keywords: Human mobility, Migration from Venezuela, Critical border and security studies, Global migration

Ricardo Aguilar

(Jose-Ricardo Aguilar-Gonzalez)

Ricardo Aguilar is a Mexican PhD student of History, currently working on the history of food in colonial Mexico (New Spain), especially in XVI and XVII centuries at the Department of History at the University of Warwick (UK) under the direction of Prof. Rebecca Earle, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s International Scholarship by the University of Warwick Graduate School. For this research, along with his main sources –‘Relaciones geográficas de Indias’ (geographical records of XVI century New Spain) - Ricardo is also interested in the recounts of the voyages of Richard Hakluyt and Samuel Purchas, as well as on the early modern dictionaries on vernacular languages (be them European or American).

Keywords: History of food, Relaciones geográficas of the Spanish West Indies (C16th), History of science in the Atlantic world, global history of Latin America, Renaissance history and the New World, history of the New Spain, Indigenous nobility, Samuel Purchas, Richard Hakluyt

Richard Aldrich

Richard Aldrich's area studies training was originally South-east Asia. Currently Richard is working on a book on the CIA and Latin America with Zakia Shiraz (who was a research fellow here at Warwick). He is also working on a grant bid on hostages, kidnapping and ransoms with latin american case studies. Richard's own current work on the CIA and journalism involves work on Cuba in the 1960s.

Keywords: Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, CIA, journalism, hostages, embassy seizures, security sector reform

Ana Aliverti

aliverti anaAna Aliverti is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Warwick. She holds a D.Phil. in Law (Oxford, 2012), an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distinction, Oxford, 2008), an MA in Sociology of Law (IISL, 2005) and a BA in Law (Honours, Buenos Aires, 2002). Her research explores questions of national identity and belonging in criminal justice, and of law, sovereignty and globalisation. She has led extensive empirical work in the UK’s criminal justice and immigration systems.

Ana is currently leading two projects: the first, with Anastasia Chamberlen and Henrique Carvalho, explores the ambivalent emotional and affective economies of state power in the governance of social marginality. Through empirical and legal methodologies, it traces the conflicting logics, emotions, and affects in the treatment of socially marginalised groups in the criminal and administrative justice domains. The second project on border controls and humanitarianism, with Elisa García España (Universidad de Málaga) and Roberto Dufraix (Universidad de Tarapacá), explores the conflicting demands of border work and the emotional and moral pains it creates on frontline staff. The project empirically investigates three critical border areas: the UK-France maritime border, the Spain-Morocco land border and the Chile-Bolivia land border.

She is the author of Crimes of Mobility (Routledge, 2013) and Policing the Borders Within (OUP, 2021). She is also the co-editor of the book 'Decolonising the Criminal Question: Rethinking the Legacies, Epistemologies and Geographies of Criminal Justice' (with Anastasia Chamberlen, Henrique Carvalho and Maximo Sozzo) (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

She was co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Best Book Prize for 2014, and received the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) (2015), the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Law (2017), and the British Journal of Criminology’s Radzinowicz Prize for her article ‘Benevolent Policing? Vulnerability and the Moral Pains of Border Controls’. She is co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Warwick and the Associate Director of Border Criminologies, and serves in various editorial boards.

Gianni Anelli

gianni dot anelli-lopez at warwick dot ac dot uk

I startanellied my PhD at the IER in 2020, investigating the demand for skills by employers in the labour market in Chile. Nowadays, the automatization of work is a phenomenon that is rising worldwide as one of the factors shaping demand for new skills in the workplace. In this scenario, techniques such as text mining and machine learning algorithms on online labour platforms represent an opportunity to access a significant amount of data. The analysis of demand for skills compared with the skills of the workforce would be helpful to update educational and training programmes in mismatched situations, especially in developing countries.

Keywords: Change in labour skills, Re-skilling and up-skilling of the workforce, Automation of labour, Public policies in training programs, Vocational education

Leonello Bazzurro

BazurroLLeonello is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. He completed his PhD in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick in 2021. His thesis explores the work of experimental Chilean poet Juan Luis Martínez (1942 – 1993). By drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the assemblage, Leonello analyses Martínez’s conception of the book as an assembled intermedia artwork (i.e. “artists’ book”) and his use of appropriation methods to critique individual authorship, copyrights, as well as Pinochet’s dictatorship. Leonello holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Education from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; a MA in Political Philosophy from the Universidad de Chile and Goethe Universität; and a MA in Music therapy from the Universidad de Chile.

More broadly, Leonello is interested in the political potential of contemporary Latin American art and literature – in particular, visual poetry, performance art, artists’ books, mail art, Conceptual poetry, and digital poetry. Among the poets and visual artists Leonello is interested in are Elvira Hernández, Carlos Soto Román, Gonzalo Millán, Guillermo Deisler, Ulises Carrión, Cecilia Vicuña, Haroldo de Campos, Augusto de Campos, Vicente Huidobro, John Furnival, and Ian Hamilton Finlay. He is also interested in models of critical authorship, such as anonymous, ‘un-original’, and collective authorship.

Keywords: Juan Luis Martínez, Visual Poetry, Concrete Poetry, Artist’s book, Deleuzian-Guattarian Aesthetics, Assemblage Theory, Authorship, Anonymity, Copyrights.

Cristóbal Bywaters

Cristóbal is a third-year PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies with an MSc in International Relations (Research) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.

He has research and teaching experience at Alberto Hurtado University, and as a research assistant at the University of Santiago’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IDEA-USACH). He also worked as a policy planning analyst at Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

He is one of the editors of Nuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensual [New foreign policy voices: Chile and the world in a post-consensus era] (with Daniela Sepúlveda and Andrés Villar)

Keywords: IR theory (constructivism), Status in world politics, Domestic politics of foreign policy, Small states, Latin American foreign policies, Latin America - United States relations

Giulia Champion

Giulia Champion's research looks at literature from former British, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in most of the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as parts of Africa, which aims to challenge "colonial histories" through adapting canonical cultural productions through the use of the technique of “literary cannibalism”. This is done by displacing cannibalism as an act of savagery projected onto former colonial people to its use to identify and expose the consumption and exploitation of people and land by European and North American colonial and imperial powers. Giulia’s research focuses on postcolonial environmental studies and decolonial theory.

Keywords: Cannibalism, Brazilian Modernism, Mexico, the Caribbean, Colonial and Violent Histories, Capitalism and Economy Imaginaries, World-Ecology

Elizabeth Chant

Liz is Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies at Warwick and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research examines how nature has been understood in the Americas as an object to be consumed, with a special focus on visual culture. Liz specialises in the histories and cultures of Argentina and Chile; her doctoral thesis examined how Patagonia’s desolate mythologies have been constructed since the late eighteenth century. Her current project investigates how domestic tourism in Argentina and Chile facilitated extractivism and indigenous dispossession in the early 20th century.

Keywords: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia, environmental humanities, visual culture, critical theory

Michela Coletta

Michela Coletta is Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick. Michela received her PhD in Latin American History from University College London. She has previously taught at King's College London, University College London and at the University of Bristol. She has held a Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship at the Universidad 'Pablo de Olavide' in Seville, Spain, a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of London, and an Associate Research Fellowship at UCL Institute of the Americas. She continues to collaborate with CLACS as Associate Fellow.

Michela's monograph Decadent Modernity: Civilisation and Latinidad in Spanish America, 1880-1920Link opens in a new window (LUP, 2018 [paperback 2020]) shows the relevance of cultural frameworks of modernity in the emergence of Latin America as a geo-political region. Her work bridges the fields of modernity studies, environmental humanities and decolonial studies. She is co-editor of the volume Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America Link opens in a new window(ILAS Book Series, 2016).

She is currently writing a global history of ideas and cultures of "living well" with a focus on Andean and Amazonian "Buen Vivir" epistemologies. Her project 'Past Futures' has been granted a 2-year Horizon 2020 individual fellowship

Keywords: Latinidad, global environmental governance, Bolivia, politics of the environment, environmental humanities

Verónica Díaz

diazVerónica is a research fellow at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick. She is currently working on the project "Voices of Humanitarianism: British Responses to Refugees from Chile", funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and led by Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes. Her main areas of research and teaching are international human rights norms, transitional justice and transnational advocacy networks, with a particular focus in Latin America.

She has a PhD in International Relations from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, an MA in International Relations from the University of Essex, UK and a BA in Journalism and Social Communication from Universidad Diego Portales, in Chile. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before joining Warwick, she worked as a teaching fellow at the College of Business and Social sciences, at Aston University, and as a researcher for UNHCR, in Cyprus, and as a journalist in Chile.

Thaís Doria (Thaís Simões Dória)

doriaThais Doria is PhD Student in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. For her PhD, she examines the dynamics of global hierarchy(ies) through a comparative background, analysing Global South countries' perspectives and positionalities. Thais’ research concentrates on International Relations theories, especially Global IR, focusing on Latin American foreign policy and extra-regional comparison between Global South countries.

Thais has experience with teaching and researching. She taught the undergraduate disciplines of Latin American studies at UFSC and Theory of International Relations at USP. Also, she was part of the research group on Foreign Policy Analysis (UFSC).

Thais is co-author of the chapter: Your regionalism and mine: the United States and South American cooperation in the global pandemic (2022). She holds a Master in International Relations form Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

Rosie Doyle

Rosie is the Senior Teaching Fellow in Latin American History at Warwick. Rosie's doctoral research and publications to date were among the outputs of the St Andrews-based digital history project The Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexico 1821-1876. Her current research project is a history of human rights in Mexico. It is a study of how the relationship between Liberation Theologians, local communities and indigenous rights and human rights activists has developed since the late 1960s. Rosie is co-convenor of the Warwick Oral History Network.

Keywords: Oral History, Mexico, human rights, indigenous rights

Rebecca Earle

Rebecca Earle teaches history at the University of Warwick. Her research has investigated aspects of Spanish American cultural and political history, and particularly the nature of identity, memory and embodiment. Lately she has developed a particular interest in the cultural significance of food and eating. Her most recent monograph, The Body of the Conquistador (Cambridge, 2012), which won the 2013 Bolton-Johnson Prize, explored the centrality of food to the construction of colonial space, and the ‘racial’ categories that underpinned it. She is currently writing a history of the potato, which uses the emergence of the potato as an Enlightenment super-food to explore the connections between everyday life and new ideas of individualism, political economy and the state.

Keywords: histories of food, clothing, race, nationalism, colonial Spanish America, cannibalism, colonialism, potatoes.

Eva-Rosa Ferrand-Verdejo

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Eva-Rosa Ferrand Verdejo is a 3rd year PhD student in Film and TV Studies (University of Warwick) and in Hispanic Studies (CY Cergy Paris Université). Her work is supervised by Dr Michele Aaron (Warwick) and Professor Julie Amiot (CY Cergy Paris). Her current research focuses on the generation of Chilean filmmakers born during the dictatorship (1973-1989) and who have started to produce in democracy. More specifically, she is interested in the way their films, but also the issues of production, distribution, and reception they might encounter in Chile, are a reflection of a profound collective trauma that has still not been resolved. At the moment, her corpus only focuses on fiction films who, directly or indirectly, address the issue of the traumatic past of the country.

Recent publications:

  • El Botón de Nácar, Neuilly, éditions Atlande, 2020 (with Magali Kabous, Ignacio Del Valle Dávila and Patricio Guzmán)

Keywords: Film, History, Trauma, Memory, Chile

Mike Geddes

Mike Geddes is currently an Associate in the Department of History, University of Warwick. His academic background is in history and geography (BA Southampton) and urban and regional studies (PhD Sussex). From 1989 to 2008 Mike was Senior Research Fellow, Reader and Professorial Fellow in the Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School. His research spanned a range of issues in local politics and public policy, with particular interests in theories of the state and cross-national comparative analysis of patterns of local governance under neoliberalism. Mike's interest in cross-national comparative analysis led to his current research focus on aspects of politics and policy in those Latin American countries with more progressive political regimes, especially Bolivia. Specific research topics include radical initiatives in local politics and governance; political and policy programmes which claim to challenge the hegemony of neoliberalism; and projects to ‘refound’ the neo-colonialist and neoliberal state. His work includes a forthcoming co-edited book on Latin American Marxisms which ranges across.the 20thand 21stcenturies.

Keywords: Bolivia, local politics and public policy, Latin American Marxisms, neoliberalism and local governance

Julián Harruch

Julian dot Harruch-Morales at warwick dot ac dot uk

Julián Harruch is a PhD student of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick. His research has focused on Latin American cultural and intellectual history, particularly on ideas of race and ‘mestizaje’. His current research concerns the so-called ‘decolonial turn’ in Latin American social and cultural thought, seeking to assess its achievements and limitations both politically and theoretically.

Keywords: Cultural theory, Latin American intellectual and cultural history, political philosophy

Erika Herrera Rosales

Erika Herrera Rosales is a PhD candidate from the Sociology department at the University of Warwick. Her research addresses the social relationship between humanitarian organisations and migrants from Northern Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) travelling through Mexico. Specifically, her project explores the roles, power dynamics and interrelationship of migrants and organisations located in Mexico City, Tapachula and Tijuana. By probing into instances of support, deterrence, victimhood and punitiveness, this research looks at the complexities and effects of humanitarian assistance in the context of transit migration.

Keywords: non-governmental organisations, Mexico, Central America migration, decolonial/postcolonial theory, humanitarianism

Paula Hollstein Barria

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Paula is a Chilean PhD Law candidate currently researching the phenomenology of victims' involvement in domestic violence, working under the supervision of Prof. Solange Mouthaan and Dr. Henrique Carvalho. Paula was awarded the "Becas Chile" Scholarship by The Chilean National Research and Development Agency, ANID.

Paula explores how other areas of influence, apart from coercive tactics, such as reward and referent power, are relevant to the participant's dynamics in domestic violence. Central to her research is the display of a very dynamic and diverse set of responses from victims, which cause them a deep sense of being implicated. Her goal is to shed new light on the primary harm of this phenomenon: the traumatic feeling of "self-betrayal" while also bringing attention to how law responses do not capture this complex nature of the experience.

She holds an LLB from the University of Chile, an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE and an LLM in human rights from UCL. Having worked in economic regulatory bodies of the Chilean state in the past, her current academic interests lie in the intersections of law with phenomenology, gender approaches, violence and trauma. She recently worked as a consultant to UN Women project, "Supporting dialogue and human rights in peacebuilding in Bolivia" (2021).

Recent publications:

Keywords: Law and Gender, Phenomenology, Violence, Trauma; Human Rights

Cecilia Lanata-Briones

Cecilia is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at Warwick. She is also an Adjunct Researcher of the Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Politicas Publicas (Argentina). She is an economic historian who focuses on the historical production and use of quantitative economic knowledge. She is developing new projects on the circulation of knowledge on household budget surveys across Latin America and on the history of business and macroeconomic statistics in the region. She is currently editing a volume on the history of statistics in Latin America.

Keywords: History of statistics, Economic history, History of economic thought

Sofia Mercader

Sofia Mercader’s research interests are twentieth-century Argentine and Latin American literature, politics and culture, magazines and intellectual networks. Her PhD thesis examines the recent history of Argentina’s cultural and political development through the perspective of intellectuals. In particular, it focuses on the trajectory of the intellectual cohort grouped around the magazine Punto de Vista (1978-2008), one of the most influential cultural publications of the late twentieth century, in Argentina and Latin America. Sofia argues in her research that this group of intellectuals played a key role in the 1983 democratic transition, both in the restoration of the cultural and intellectual fields, and in the interpretation and reconstruction of a rather traumatic past. Either engaged to the post-dictatorship government as advisors of President Raúl Alfonsín, or as critical supporters, the intellectuals from Punto de Vista established the dominant discourse of the 1980s in Argentina, which strongly endorsed democracy and opposed the authoritarian discourses of the military and right-wing political parties.

Sofia is currently working on an article about the work of Ricardo Piglia, an Argentine writer who was originally a main editor of Punto de Vista. His recently published The Diaries of Emilio Renziare a relevant testimony of the 1960s and 1970s Argentina and an excellent literary piece.

Keywords: Argentina, Punto de Vista, political magazines, Latin American literature

Eloisa Ocando-Thomas

Historical anthropologist with an interest in consumption, food history, and economic exchange in colonial Latin America. She has a joint MA degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France) and Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary) ; and graduate of the School of Anthropology of the Universidad Central de Venezuela (2019). She is the author of the book 'Las pulperías en la Caracas del siglo XVIII' (2020), winner of the 2019-2020 Rafael María Baralt History Prize.

Recent projects include an analysis of small shops (pulperías) in colonial Caracas and the role of cassava bread in nationalist discourse in late 19th-century Venezuela. Eloisa is currently a PhD student at Warwick, under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Earle (History) exploring the consumption of imported goods in colonial Venezuela.

Eloisa Ocando-Thomas

Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

s dot panichelli at warwick dot ac dot uk

PanichelliSStéphanie Panichelli-Batalla was a founding co-director of LAWN and is a Professor in the Department of Global Sustainable Development (School for Cross-Faculty Studies). She has been working on Cuba for the past twenty years, with a particular interest in Cuban culture, human rights and more recently, Cuba’s involvement in global health. Her first co-authored monograph analysed the relationship between Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo y Fidel. El paisaje de una amistad (Espasa Calpe) / Fidel and Gabo. The Portrait of a Friendship (Pegasus 2010). The book was translated into six languages. Her most recent monograph analyses the testimony of a persecuted homosexual Cuban writer in Reinaldo Arenas’ Pentagony (Tamesis Books, 2016).

Stéphanie’s current research focuses on the impact of Humanitarian Aid on identity construction and alteration, and more specifically on the case of the Cuban Internationalist Solidarity Programme. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded the British Council Researcher Links grant and was a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami), where she created an archive entitled “Life Stories of Cuban Internationalist Healthcare Professionals”. More recently, she was awarded the Warwick Research Development Fund award for a project on South-South cooperation between Cuba and the African continent, with a specific focus on Tanzania. Stephanie’s articles have appeared in journals including Third World Quarterly, Oral History, Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies, among others. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Granada, Spain.

Recent publications:

  • 2020: “Laughter in Oral Histories of Displacement: “One goes on a mission to solve their problems,” Oral History Review, 47:1: 73-92. DOI:
  • 2019: Co-authored with Virginie Grzelczyk (equal contribution of both authors), “A Future, but at what Cost? Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea’s Quest for Sustainable Development”, Third World Quarterly, 40:6: 1163-83. DOI:
  • 2016: El testimonio en la Pentagonía de Reinaldo Arenas, Tamesis Books, Boydell & Brewer

Keywords: Cuban culture, Human Rights, Global Health, South-South Cooperation, Oral History, Tanzania

Stefania Paredes Fuentes

s dot paredes-fuentes at warwick dot ac dot uk

Stefania Paredes Fuentes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. Stefania’s PhD thesis investigated whether 'colonial institutions' still affect current institutions in Latin American countries and the role of natural resources and post-colonial British intervention in the region. Stefania has also worked on the effects of oil exploitation in the non-oil economy in Ecuador. She is also interested in topics related to diversity and works in making Economics more inclusive and able to attract greater diversity into the discipline.

Recent publications:

Keywords: Latin American economic growth and institutions, Inequality and Institutions, Economics Education, Natural Resource curse

Jorge Quintero

Laura Quinteros Nogales

laura dot quinteros-nogales at warwick dot ac dot uk


Laura is a 2nd year Bolivian PhD Candidate in Global Sustainable Development at the School for Cross-Faculty Studies. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Celine Tan and Prof. Nicholas Bernards. Her research relates to alternative finance for energy transitions. In particular, Laura is exploring the political ecology of decentralized finance schemes for solar energy projects in the Global South. Drawing on a case study in Colombia, she is critically characterizing the governance arrangements that shape crowdfunding solutions for small scale solar energy projects, including regulatory architectures and subsequent socio-ecological outcomes. Her research aims at casting spotlight on the limits and possibilities of digitally enabled alternative finance to better understand whether and how these may bring about social and ecological justice across the Global South as narratives of energy and climate finance claim at large.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia and MSc in Environmental Management and politics from Massey University in New Zealand. As a practitioner, she worked as Energy Finance leader of the Energy en Environment Partnership Program for the Andean Region implemented by the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). She also supported the operation of the Climate Investment Platform run by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Recent Publications

Can Green FinTech Build Climate Justice?. Global Policy Journal. May 2023.,as%20vehicles%20for%20climate%20justice

Keywords: Global South, alternative finance, energy transitions, political ecology, energy politics, energy governance.

Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

alison dot menezes at warwick dot ac dot uk


Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Warwick. Her research focuses on questions of cultural memory after dictatorship. She is currently PI, working with CI Prof. John King, on the AHRC-funded project, 'Chilean Exiles and World University Service'. The project focuses on UK support for Chileans exiled after the 1973 golpe de estado and involves a close collaboration with the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago. She is also beginning work on the role of applied theatre for conflict transformation in Colombia with Dr María Estrada-Fuentes.

Keywords: memory, dictatorship, exile, literature, film, Chile

Vladimir Rosas Salazar

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Vladimir studied journalism at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (Chile), where he graduated in 2007. He has worked as associate professor on Experimental Media at the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano (Chile), and as lecturer on Film Aesthetics and Language in Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (Chile) and Universidad San Sebastián (Chile). He received an MA in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018, where his dissertation 'Underground Media in Chile: Counterpublics in Dictatorship and Democracy' was later published as an academic article. He has also worked as a film critic and as an amateur filmmaker. His research interests include amateur filmmaking and video aesthetic.

Recent work

Vladimir's most recent documentary is called 'Ser un provoste' (The Importance of being a Provoste). You can watch it here: YouTubeLink opens in a new window

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is a historian of modern Latin America with a focus on ninetieth and twentieth Mexico. His current research interests include journalism and the public sphere, the war on drugs and the drug trade, and civil society, grassroots politics and the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

Keywords: Mexican drug trade, state formation, conservatism, religion, indigenismo, the Mexican press, U.S. war on drugs

Vicki Squire

Vicki Squire’s research focuses on the politics of migration, practices of governing human mobility, and pro-migration civil society activist movements. She has carried out research in the context of migration from the global South to the global North, including between central and south America to the US.

Keywords: sanctuary enactments, border struggles, migration, citizenship

Camilo Uribe Botta

milo dot uribe at gmail dot com


Camilo is a Colombian PhD History student currently working on the history of the orchid trade between Colombia and the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Earle and he was awarded the Chancellor's International Scholarship by the Doctoral College of the University of Warwick.

Camilo investigates the commerce of Colombian orchids in Victorian Britain. Long before they became an icon of Colombian national identity, orchids played a very important role in the commerce between the United Kingdom and Colombia. His goal is to both shed a new light on the importance of the trade relations in Colombian history, while also bringing attention to the current state of conservation of these once nearly extinct plants.

Recent publications:

Keywords: Colombia, Victorian Britain, trade, orchids, 19th Century

Liana Beatrice Valerio

valerioLiana completed her doctoral studies at Warwick, examining the history of nineteenth century racial enslavement in Cuba and the US through the lenses of History of the Emotions. This comparative and transnational project explored the personal and political uses of fear and confidence by the elite, white enslavers of each region, interrogating the uses of those emotions, and their conscious deploymentby mercenary enslavers who sought to guarantee the continuation of the institution in a time of increasing Atlantic abolitionism and resistance mounted by enslaved people. Liana is interested in the transatlantic utilisation of fear and loyalty by enslavers in Cuba, who – she argues – purposefully flaunted their terror as means of influencing and manipulating the Spanish Crown on the themes of slavery, British abolitionism, and censorship, at a time when those slaveowners lacked an official political voice, and therefore sought alternate means of shaping the future of slavery in accordance with their preferences.

Liana has since acted as Research Assistant for the project La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas, based at the University of St Petersburg, Florida, and is currently adapting and editing her PhD thesis for publication as a monograph. She is also personally interested in the history of football in Argentina, especially the social function of the Barras Bravas for marginalised young men.

Keywords: Cuba, United States, History of the Emotions, Slavery, Masculinity, Atlantic History, Creolisation, Loyalty

Rafael Alejandro Vaquera Salazar

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Rafael joined the University of Warwick as a PhD student at Warwick Business School in 2018. His research interests span the disciplines of political economy, institutions and development, and strategy in state-owned enterprises (National Oil Companies). His PhD research project focuses on the impact of institutional change processes on corporate strategy of National Oil Companies in the context of a global transition to a low-carbon economy and climate change.

Before joining Warwick, Rafael was a lecturer at the School of Commerce and Management, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (Mexico). He earned his M.Sc. degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Sheffield University Management School (2014) and is currently a research fellow at the Laboratory of Regional Studies (LabER) of the University of Tamaulipas. As part of his PhD programme, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at Warwick and participates with the University’s Energy Global Research Priority.

Keywords: energy policy, energy security, institutional change, oil and gas industry, Mexico, North America

Alejandro Veiga-Exposito

Alejandro Veiga-Exposito is a first year PhD student in the Hispanic Studies Department. His thesis’ provisional title is Poetics of Crisis: Enigmatic Realities in Spanish and Venezuelan Contemporary Literature, and his supervisors are Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Dr Fabienne Viala. Ricardo’s thesis will analyse how short-fiction, flash-fiction, and poetry authors are addressing the crisis in both Venezuela and Spain. He has also worked in British and North American contemporary theatre and poetry. Ricardo haa published articles and book chapters in these areas using interdisciplinary approaches, articulating different disciplines such as philosophy of language, aesthetics and politics, postcolonialism, race and gender studies, and psychoanalysis.

Keywords: Aesthetics and politics, Spanish and Latin American contemporary literature, critical and cultural theory, Venezuela, Spain

Niall Walsh

Isleide Zissimos

Isleide Zissimos joined Warwick as a Teaching Fellow. Isleide is originally from Brazil, but has spent much of her career as a Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA. At Vanderbilt Isleide became a fellow of the Center for Latin American Studies(CLAS), where she contributed to the teaching and outreach activities of the Center. CLAS has a remarkable concentration of Latin Americanists in fields that range from Anthropology to Engineering, with special strengths in Brazil, Central America, the Andes, and the Black Atlantic.

Isleide has a strong interest in the fields of Institutions, Trade and Economic Development. This interest led her to found the InsTED research network jointly with her husband. The objective of the network is to support the exchange of ideas between researchers working at the intersection of Institutions, Trade, and Economic Development. In 2016, Isleide moved to the UK and worked for University of Exeter as a Tutor in Economics for two years, before moving to Warwick.

Keywords: Economic Development, Institutions, International Economics, Political Economy