Isela Elizabeth Tellez-Leon

Dr. Isela-Elizabeth Tellez-Leon is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Elizabeth joined the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA), Evolution and Ecology (EEP), and Risk and Resilience (RISK) Programs in 2017. Currently, she is a visiting Associated Researcher at the Latin American Centre, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford. Her scientific interests lie in the Economic and Financial modelling applied to studies on Mexico and Latin America.

Elizabeth holds a PhD in Economic Sciences with a specialization in Financial Risk Analysis. She has published several papers and book chapters, has participated in numerous Conferences and is part of the Editorial Committees of Scientific Research Journals. Elizabeth has worked as an Economist-Researcher at the General Directorate of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Mexico and as Deputy Director of the External Sector in the Mexican Ministry of Finance. She is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers. 

Elizabeth is working on several multidisciplinary projects about Economic Policy Analysis, Economic and Financial modelling, particularly, about: Financial Networks, Systemic Risk Analysis, Financial Stability, Agent-Based Modelling, Econometric Analysis, Macroeconomic and Environmental Modelling. Her main project in IIASA is Network-Based Modeling and Big Data as part of the IIASA Cross-Cutting Project "Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics". Her research is innovative because she combines the analysis of Networks with Econometric Models and explores the structural properties of connection in the Mexican repo market. Namely, in all repos operations, there are other counterparts besides banks; it is very important to know if the centrality in the interbank market also impacts on the credit conditions with other intermediaries. This research contributes to the Mexican Financial Stability analysis.

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Gibrán Cruz-Martínez

Gibrán Cruz-Martínez is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder (Norway) and a Research Associate at the Chilean Institute of Municipal Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Chile. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universidad Complutense (Spain). His work broadly speaking focuses on the development of emerging welfare states in Latin America and the Caribbean and its relationship to multidimensional poverty and inequality. In addition, his research interests include welfare regimes and social risks in marginalised communities, targeting versus universalism in social protection, and basic universal social pensions in low- and middle-income countries. Gibrán is the author of several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Social Indicators Research, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Ageing International, Brazilian Journal of Latin American Studies, Política y Sociedad, and Relaciones Internacionales. His most recent publication is an open access book entitled ‘Produciendo Bienestar: Una mirada desde las comunidades marginadas en Puerto Rico’ (Dykinson, 2017). He has been a visiting researcher or fellow at Lund University (Sweden), Centre for Social Research (Puerto Rico), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty at the University of Bergen (Norway), the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London, and the Institute of the Americas at UCL. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Alternautas – an open access blog and Journal on Latin American critical development studies.

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Simón Escoffier

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre. I am also an Associate Researcher at the Chilean Institute for the Study of Local Governments (ICHEM). My current position at the LAC (2018-19) includes doing research, organising academic events, and teaching. 

I initially trained as a psychologist at Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. I then worked as a market research consultant for a couple of years, also in Chile. During 2016-17, I was a Principal Academic Researcher at ICHEM, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, and an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Católica de Chile’s Political Science Institute.

I hold degrees in sociology from the London School of Economics (MSc) and the University of Oxford (DPhil). My doctoral dissertation explained why and how Chilean underprivileged urban residents have sustained mobilisation during the past thirty years.

More broadly, I focus on Latin American societies to study how people pursue social change by strengthening democracy at the local level. Theoretically, my research focuses on urban social movements, citizenship, Latin American studies, political and social exclusion, democratic governance, public accountability, and political clientelism.

My work has been published (or is forthcoming) in edited volumes by Springer and Rowman and Littlefield, and in journals such as Global Dialogue, Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Municipales (RIEM) and Citizenship Studies.


"Chile´s political development and its relations to Latin America". A conversation with Rolando Drago Rodríguez (Ambassador of Chile)

Friday, 26 January, 2018 -
12:45 to 14:15
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford
Rolando Drago was educated at the Universidad Técnica del Estado, the Universidad Católica de Chile and the Diplomatic Academy of Chile.


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