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Alina Gamboa

Dissertation

Current research focuses on the dynamics of the politics and development of the Mesoamerica Micro-region (cross border and below national level in the case of Mexico) surrounding the creation and implementation of the Plan Puebla Panama project.

A Government proposed micro-regional project, the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) aims to turn the area between Puebla (just south of Mexico City) and Panama into a "development corridor" in order to integrate these regions into the global economy. This project overlaps with at least 4 other government-led regional projects, being an example of the multidimensionality of the so-called “New Regionalism”. The PPP auto defines the area included in the plan as “Mesoamerica”, shifting the traditional borders of this area as previously defined by archaeologists to include 9 Mexican states and Central America. From its birth, the PPP has faced opposition from the civil society living within its borders, particularly from the marginalised and poor sectors of the population. The opposition has proved to organised and has been able to mobilise several groups across the area, in some cases showing more regional coherence than that of the government led project and creating spontaneous micro-regionalisation.

This research aims to make a contribution to literature on regionalism, particularly that of micro-regionalism and micro-regionalisation, in the Americas and that of Mesoamerican development and politics.

Research interests

Regionalism/Regionalisation, (microregionalism), Education and Development, National development policies and projects, Latin American politics

Education and Work experience

Alina holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. She also has a Diploma in International Law from the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico and a Bachelor’s in both International Relations and French Civilization from Scripps College, Claremont (USA). She is a former Chevening Scholar. Prior to commencing her graduate studies at Warwick, Alina was the Press Attaché at the British Embassy in Mexico where she worked for five years, after having worked at Burson-Marsteller (Mexico), the American School in Mexico City and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico (SRE).