Carlos Solar

Carlos Solar is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre in the University of Oxford. 

From 2015 to 2017 he was a Research Fellow in Public Policy and an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Politics in the University of York.

He has also held visiting research appointments at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal, and in the Latin American Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

His main research agenda focuses at the intersection of security governance and political studies, covering topics on public security, civil-military relations, peacekeeping, human security and international relations and security. Carlos’ intellectual curiosity is driven by questioning how multiple policy actors come together to deliver policy interventions within local or international boundaries. He is keen to develop practice-based partnerships to explore the consequences of changing economic, political, and social environments on modern inter-institutional security policy networks. 

Carlos is currently working in a book manuscript titled Government and Governance: Security Policy-Making and Organised Crime in Chile under contract with Routledge. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in journals, such as, Journal of Strategic StudiesGlobal CrimeDemocracy and SecurityPeace ReviewLatin American Policy, and Mexican Studies.

He was awarded in May 2016 with the prize for the Best Article published by a member of the Defense, Public Security and Democracy section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). 

Carlos received his BA (2007) from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and his PhD from the University of York (2016). More information about his academic work is available at

Alfredo Arahuetes

Alfredo Arahuetes has a degree in Law from the Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao), and in Economic Sciences and Business from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas– ICADE (Madrid). He has a Master's Degree in Economics from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (Cepal-Ilpes, United Nations, Chile), and carried out postgraduate studies in Economics at the Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil). He has a PhD in Economics and Business Sciences from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid.

Prof. Arahuetes is full professor of Applied Economics at ICADE, Senior Research Fellow at Royal Institute Elcano (Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid). He has been Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences ICADE from 2008 to 2017. He has participated as a researcher about Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America in different projects at the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB). He has published several articles, research papers and book chapters about European Foreign Direct Investments in Latin America, Economic Globalization, and International Financial Flows. At the Royal Institute Elcano of Madrid, Prof. Arahuetes has published several books about the Economic Relations between Spain and Brazil, and about Trade and Investment Opportunities in Mexico and Brazil. He was a Board Member of the electric Company Endesa for Latin America in Endesa Chile form 2012-2015. Also at the Royal Institute Elcano he has published several reports about Opportunities and Strategic Risks for the economies of Spain, United States of America, Brazil, Germany and Morocco. Recently, he has published “The interdependence of the British Economy: a contribution to the Brexit debate”, an article about the Spanish Direct Investments in Latin America in the period after the international financial crisis 2008-2015, both of them in the review Economía Exterior. He has also published several chapters in different books about the Spanish Foreign Direct Investment in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. 

Latin American Centre Seminars: The International Politics of Renewable Energy: Paraguay and the Itaipu Treaty

Friday, 2 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Maria A. Gwynn is a Global Leaders Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at University College, Oxford. She was formerly a postdoctoral research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Maria A. Gwynn, Blavatnik School of Government and University College

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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