LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre

A hub for LSE research and events on Latin America and the Caribbean, building on the School’s deep a

A hub for LSE research and events on Latin America and the Caribbean, building on the School’s deep and longstanding engagement with the region

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29/03/2023

Have you always wondered what it is like to be a Visiting Fellow at our centre? ✍️👥

Check out this video with Kauê Lopes Dos Santos' experience and some tips to make the most out of your time at

06/03/2023

We are pleased to announce that our LSE LACC Visiting Fellow, Dr has been appointed Professor in the Department of Geography at the State University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. Congratulations!

24/01/2023

This hybrid event explores the concept of "affective atmospheres" when analysing hinge historical moments such as transitions and crises; in this case, through the role played by feminist activism in the Argentine democratic transition.

Speaker: Professor Cecilia Macón, a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Buenos Aires, Researcher at CONICET and Director of the research group SEGAP. Macón is the author of the books Desafiar el sentir. Feminismo, historia y rebelión, devoted to scrutinising the history of feminism in terms of “affective dis-arrangements", and Sexual Violence in the Argentinean Crimes Against Humanity Trials.

This session is the first in our new series of events entitled Women, Gender and Politics in Latin America. This series will bring together leading practitioners, academics and activists to discuss plural, intersectional and interdisciplinary concepts of feminism, gender and politics from different parts of our region.

In-person event location: FAW 9.05

29/11/2022

This hybrid event explores the situation of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence in Colombia. The speakers will discuss their engagement with the Truth Commission, how women and girls encounter violence, their strategies and proposals from a feminist perspective for tackling gender-based violence in Colombia. There will be a particular focus on the intersectionality of the violence particularly against indigenous woman and girls, and ways in which women and girls are developing responses, along with changes that can be made to government security policies.

Speakers: Carolina Solana, Lizeth Trejos Villada, and Margarita Hilamo Mestizo

Chair: Dr Alex Abello-Colak

In-person event location: Summet Valrani Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor Centre Building, London School of Economics.

This event is co-hosted with the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Brazil elections 2022: From the unprecedented to the inherent | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 21/10/2022

Despite the efforts from the Superior Electoral Court, disinformation has been widely spread in the current presidential campaign in Brazil.

Back in 2018, the Internet and digital media became a wide space for political activism and means of communication.

In our latest blog post, Jéssica Duarte (EL22 election research project) Universidade Federal de Pernambuco analysed how disinformation tools were not a mere occurrence in the 2018 election but a phenomenon that is here to stay and will define much of the political game in the country for some time.

Read more below:

Brazil elections 2022: From the unprecedented to the inherent | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Conservative movements using disinformation were an occurrence in 2018. In 2022 social media is flooded with messages pointing at beliefs and values to distort voters

Symbolic refugee protection: Latin America's progressive laws that were never meant to use | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 06/10/2022

From free legal assistance in Nicaragua to the recognition of the right to refuge for people fleeing environmental disasters in Ecuador, Latin American refugee laws are exceptional.

But they often seem to represent more of a utopian manifesto than the basis for political action, Omar Hammoud Gallego, PhD (LSE) and Luisa Feline Freier (Universidad del Pacífico (PE) found.

Read more in our latest blog post.

Symbolic refugee protection: Latin America's progressive laws that were never meant to use | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Refugee protection has been largely symbolic in the region with states reluctant to invest in their asylum systems, research has found.

Bolsonaro's authoritarian neoliberalism and the future of Brazilian democracy | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 22/09/2022

The upcoming Brazilian election takes place in a context of crisis and with countries highly dependent on the market’s fate.

🇧🇷 The broader contradiction between neoliberalism and democracy is at the heart of this year’s electoral dispute, polarised between former President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva and the current President, Jair Bolsonaro.

Today, Brazil faces the challenge of restoring confidence in the democratic process, explains LACC's visiting fellow Leonardo Fontes.

Read more in our latest blog post.
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Bolsonaro's authoritarian neoliberalism and the future of Brazilian democracy | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Brazil faces the challenge of restoring confidence in the democratic process with the contradiction between neoliberalism and democracy

Photos from LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre's post 30/08/2022

Our researcher’s engineering food project investigates how food is made available in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte in Brazil 🇧🇷

Although hunger and reliance on unhealthy food are pervasive, the research challenges the idea that neighbourhoods are ‘food deserts’. São Paulo's wholesale market, CEAGESP, is the focal point for fresh food distribution (🥔🌶️🍍), connecting supply chains across Brazil.

🚚🚛 With 4,000 porters .oficial operates 24/7 with trucks, carts and people constantly on the move. We learned how vegetables and fruit arrive at CEAGESP, and are sorted, graded, packed, and sold.

Coordination relies on ‘know who’ although there is a shift to mechanized haulage and the use of IT for order fulfilment.

Many individual traders buy produce at CEAGESP in person and then sell at stalls and street markets (feira), small shops and stores (hortifruti, or sacolão).

Stay tuned on Tuesdays to find out more about our project and see more about its outcomes in our bio 👀

What can Latin America's new generation of left governments learn from the pink tide? | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 04/08/2022

The coproduction of public services during the pink tide in the early 2000s made significant improvements in people's lives 👫.

What can this new generation of left-leaning governments learn from these experiences?

Geoff Goodwin, Patrick O'Hare, Jonathan Alderman and Miranda Sheild Johansson analyse it.

Discover more in our newest blog post.

What can Latin America's new generation of left governments learn from the pink tide? | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Coproduction of public services was key in the leftist governments in the early 2000s. Today it could be a basis for the region's reconstruction after Covid-19

Russia in Latin America: the illiberal confluence | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 29/07/2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has produced significant geostrategic changes worldwide.

In this article Armando Chaguaceda and Adriana Boersner Herrera explain how Latin America is part of the increasing interest in promoting Russia's international presence and trade relations with the region.

Read more in our latest blog post:

Russia in Latin America: the illiberal confluence | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Russia has expanded its presence in Latin America. And that is why it is important to pay attention to determine how likely it is that they can consolidate illiberal alliances in the continent.

Photos from LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre's post 18/07/2022

Last week some of our researchers carried out a workshop and a visit to seeking to gain insight into issues of food security and organisational responses in the UK, as a comparison to their research in Brazil. Learn more about their project in our website!

Migration needs different storytelling to push for policy changes | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 14/07/2022

The death of 53 people from Mexico 🇲🇽 , Guatemala 🇬🇹, Honduras 🇭🇳 and El Salvador 🇸🇻inside a truck in June is one of the deadliest cases of human smuggling across the US border with Mexico.

This set a very clear example of the difficulties that migrants face when they want to have better opportunities.

In the documentary The Vertical Border, Sonja Wolf explores, how they had negotiated violence before, during, and after displacement.

This project produced analytical reports, testimonial collections, and podcasts narrating migrants’ lived experiences.

Read more and watch 📽️ here:

Migration needs different storytelling to push for policy changes | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Forced migration is on the rise globally. In The Vertical Border, Sonja Wolf explores the dangers of migrating and the lack of alternatives for those who try their luck

Accumulating reserves shouldn't interfere with Ecuadorian social policies | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 05/07/2022

Ecuador 🇪🇨 held protests against high living costs for 18 days. These demonstrations were promoted by the indigenous movement to prove the discontent against Ecuadorians' hardships ✊.

The structural adjustment policies promoted by Ecuador are impacting its population.

With no currency of its own 💵 , the Andean country must rethink a post-Covid-19 recovery strategy so no one is left behind, Katiuska King (Universidad Central del Ecuador) writes.

Read a new analysis on our blog to understand more about this current crisis.

Accumulating reserves shouldn't interfere with Ecuadorian social policies | LSE Latin America and Caribbean If Ecuador wants to improve its economy, it must think of solutions like using fiscal policies to attend social needs and should monitor them better.

Colombia's first leftist president? The election from a historical perspective | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 23/06/2022

Gustavo Petro has been labelled the first leftist to win the Colombian 🇨🇴 presidency.

But from the historical perspective, Alfonso López Pumarejo, president in the 30s and 40s (and LSE alumni!), fitted in a liberal and working-class spectrum.

Charlotte Eaton (LSE International History) writes a new post on our blog resembling the government of López Pumarejo and draws some parallels between his administration and the upcoming one.

Read more 👉

Colombia's first leftist president? The election from a historical perspective | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Gustavo Petro is labelled as Colombia's first leftist president. But history shows that there has been another left-leaning leader in recent history.

Colombia elections 2022: left wing populism against right wing anti-politics | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 16/06/2022

Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández will dispute 🇨🇴Colombia's run-off election next Sunday.

The very fact that two anti-establishment candidates can compete for the presidency has opened up the public discussion to new ideas and proposals long ignored by the traditional political establishment.

It is due to their strong anti-politics rhetoric that the second round of presidential elections has been described by most observers as a clash between two populists, explains Blendi Kajsiu.

Read more on our blog:

Colombia elections 2022: left wing populism against right wing anti-politics | LSE Latin America and Caribbean No matter who wins the presidency in the run-off, there are concerns about a democractic existential crisis in the country

06/06/2022

Join Jamil Mahuad, former President of Ecuador, in this online event where he will be presenting his book, How we Dollarized Ecuador: Memories of a historical success in Latin America (Así dolarizamos al Ecuador).

Latin American elites and armed forces: a tale of ideology and trust | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 01/06/2022

By the beginning of the 21st century, the historical tension between the left and the army in was dramatically transformed when a wave of new left-leaning governments came to office. 🪖

In this period, left-wing parties and the armed forces found spaces of convergence of interests. In a recent article, Cristian Márquez Romo (Universidad de Salamanca) and Xavier Romero Vidal (University of Cambridge) analysed the link between political ideology and trust in the military in 18 Latin American countries.

Want to see what they found? 🤔 Read our latest blog post.

Latin American elites and armed forces: a tale of ideology and trust | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Elites have changed their views towards the military. Ideological views are not always enough to predict trust in the army and potentially in other institutions.

The Faces of LACC: Matthew Richmond | Episode # 4 31/05/2022

The fourth and final video of Dr Matthew Richmond's is finally out! 🎬

He finally made it to , where he tunes in from Praça da República to tell more about conducting fieldwork in urban governance. 🇧🇷

Check it out 👇

The Faces of LACC: Matthew Richmond | Episode # 4 In a new series of “the Faces of LACC” we explore Dr Matthew Richmond's research. Keep tuned to know more about the Centre’s team, their roles and research.

Colombia elections 2022: No serious hope for decentralisation recovery | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 26/05/2022

During the 1980s and 1990s, was leading a decentralisation wave, and it was even considered a kind of poster child. But things started to change slowly, and national governments gained power over locals. 🇨🇴

Colombia’s increases in recentralisation were the outcomes of the interaction between economic performance and institutional contexts, explains Julián López Murcia (Nalanda Analytica)

Regardless of the ideology, recentralisation might go ahead with the new presidency. The result? More uncertainty for municipal and departmental governments and more polarisation.

Read, comment, and share this post in anticipation of the election's first round this Sunday 29.

Colombia elections 2022: No serious hope for decentralisation recovery | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Regardless of the ideological leanings of the new administration, recentralisation is likely to increase in the country. And that gives less financial independence to local governance.

25/05/2022

🎉 WE DID IT! ¡LO HICIMOS! O FIZEMOS! 🎉

This week we got more than 1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ followers on our Twitter page. We're very proud of this achievement and happy that people around the globe are continue to engage with our academic research, renowned blog, PhD Community and many other.

Don't follow us yet? Visit us here: https://twitter.com/LSE_LACC

Big to all! ¡Muchísimas ! Muito !

Big hug,
The LACC Family

23/05/2022

We're welcoming two muñequitas de trapo to our Centre who came all the way from Querétaro, Mexico. 🇲🇽

They were crafted by the indigenous people who have embroidered the logo on their skirt. We deeply respect this handcraft and technique and are proud to host them.

While 'muñequitas de trapo' have become an icon of the Mexican national identity, they are thought to have originated in Amealco in the state of .

The Otomí crafted them as an alternative to the European porcelain dolls during the Spanish colonial time.

Much work is put into crafting each muñequita by hand. The crafter weaves headdresses of ribbons in different colours, saws their typical clothing, and embroiders patterns.

The result is a doll that is loved in Mexico and abroad that pays tribute to the skilfulness of the Otomí.

¡BIENVENIDAS A LSE! ❤️

Latin American trade is tied to climate change. A Green Deal could be the solution | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 19/05/2022

The impact of climate change will be more devastating in Latin America than in most parts of the world and will influence the region's ability to trade. 🌎

By 2050, it is estimated that climate change damage could cost USD 100 billion annually.

This emergency calls for a major rethinking of policy strategies, and a Latin American Green Deal based on regional coordination could also be the way forward, according to Amir Lebdioui (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre).

Read our latest blog post, and don't forget to sign up for the launch of Latin American Trade in the Age of Climate Change: Impact, Opportunities, and Policy Options, on May 25, online and at the LSE in London 🥳

Latin American trade is tied to climate change. A Green Deal could be the solution | LSE Latin America and Caribbean The global push toward decarbonisation has important implications for the region's trade prospects, bringing about both challenges and opportunities

Latin American domestic workers' momentum in the aftermath of Covid-19  | LSE Latin America and Caribbean 12/05/2022

Eighteen million people in Latin America are domestic workers, 93% of whom are women. 🏠

Already employed in vulnerable conditions, during Covid-19 their opportunities to comply with current legislation were reduced, while their health hazards at work increased.

The pandemic worsened the care crisis, namely the necessity of thinking about who takes care of those who need it and how those responsibilities are distributed in a household and in society in general.

In our latest blog post, Jorgelina Loza (Relaciones Internacionales FLACSO/Argentina) writes how organisations like Conlactraho and other groups are trying to make an impulse over their recognition and improvement of their rights.

Latin American domestic workers' momentum in the aftermath of Covid-19  | LSE Latin America and Caribbean Around 80% of the region's workers are in informality. During Covid-19, they have proven their resources to fight their extreme vulnerability.

12/05/2022

A Conversation on the book "The House of Contradiction" by Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, chaired by the Dean of the School of Public Policy, Andrés Velasco.

The House of Contradiction is a political essay that analyses the brief history of Mexican democracy. Based on deep exploration on the nature of liberal democracy and its contemporary challenges, it ponders the limitations of the two democratic experiences of the twenty first century: the technocratic disfigurement of democracy and the populist demolition of liberal institutions.

Latin American Trade in the Age of Climate Change In Person Attendance 11/05/2022

Join us and Canning House in the presentation of Dr Amir Lebdioui's second report assessing the impact of on trade in . We will have the participation of:

🇨🇱 Nicolás Grau Veloso, Minister of Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism
🇨🇷 Andrés Valenciano Yamuni, Minister of Foreign Trade
🇺🇳 Jeannette Sánchez, Director of Natural Resources at ECLAC

📅 25 May
⏰ 17.00 (🇬🇧)

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Latin American Trade in the Age of Climate Change In Person Attendance Event Launch for Dr Amir Lebdioui's second report of the Canning House at the LSE.

The Faces of LACC: Matthew Richmond | Episode # 3 04/05/2022

Episode 3 of 's is out! 🤩

On this occasion, Matthew tell us a bit more about his experience at the Conference where topics around contested democracy in cities were discussed. 🏙️

Check it out 👇

The Faces of LACC: Matthew Richmond | Episode # 3 In a new series of “the Faces of LACC” we explore Dr Matthew Richmond's research. Keep tuned to know more about the Centre’s team, their roles and research.

03/05/2022

It's World Day. According to UNESCO's recently published report on freedom of expression and media development, more journalists were killed in Mexico (61) than in any other country between 2016 and 2020.

Where journalism is most at-risk, less is usually known about the systems that underpin media freedom. Amid bleak figures, some indicators evidence how to find a path to safeguard the press. 📰

Read here our most recent post in which Ivette Yañez Soria (Data-Pop Alliance) and Nick Benequista. (Center for International Media Assistance and LSE) mention the importance of governmental engagement in developing research and data initiatives concerning press freedom and media development and provide a long list of initiatives in the region.

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2022/05/03/the-data-driven-path-to-a-stronger-press-in-latin-america/

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Engaging with Latin America and the Caribbean

Opened in January 2016 to serve as a focal point for LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region.

The Centre supports the research of faculty from nearly every department across the School whose research is principally focused on or relevant to the region. Research expertise covers themes on which Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities such as democratisation, citizenship and human rights, decentralisation and governance, violence, inequality and inclusionary initiatives for women, indigenous groups and youth. LSE research offers distinctive insights to state-building, nationalism and economic policy during the nineteenth century, and to the understanding of revolutionary movements, authoritarianism and Cold War geopolitics during the twentieth century. Faculty have provided leading-edge research on economic liberalisation, innovation and property rights, fiscal reform, new financial instruments, risk assessments and regulation, as well as drug policies, urban planning and design, and the effects of climate change.

A key aim of the Centre is to raise public awareness, including in Latin America and Caribbean itself, of LSE research through knowledge-exchange. The Centre assists faculty to promote and disseminate research findings with international bodies, governments, business groups, civil society organisations, think tanks, media and the general public, enhancing the impact of the LSE’s multi- and inter- disciplinary expertise. The Centre supports collaboration and outreach with academic and non-academic stakeholders, through the organisation of meetings, workshops, conferences, blogs and publications, including in Spanish and Portuguese when possible.

The Centre has a particular purpose to enrich the intellectual life of the School. It organises public events with leading figures from the world of politics, business, civil society and academia, including numerous heads of state, and representatives of bi- and multi-lateral organisations, as well as more discreet seminars and media activities to critically debate topics relevant to the region, and discuss these in comparative and global perspective. The Centre is keen to establish itself as a space for visiting scholars, policy-makers and others to conduct research and engage in lively debate with faculty, researchers and students.

Videos (show all)

Have you always wondered what it is like to be a Visiting Fellow at our centre? ✍️👥Check out this video with Kauê Lopes ...
Argentina 1983: A feminist and transitional affective atmosphere
Argentina 1983: A feminist and transitional affective atmosphere
Gender-based violence in Colombia a Feminist perspective on Security
How we Dollarized Ecuador
The House of Contradiction
Trust: the key to social cohesion and growth in Latin America and the Caribbean
Security and Illegality in Cuba's transition to Democracy
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Can police body worn cameras reduce police violence? Lessons from Brazil and internationally.
Inequality and Trade Diversification: How Can Income Inequality in Latin America be reduced beyond Commodity Booms?
Faces of LACC - Dr Alexandra Abello Colak

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