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.

The Cuban agricultural model: a paradigmatic case in Latin America?

Thursday, 25 January, 2018 -
12:45 to 14:00
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Whereas the majority of Latin American countries promoted non-traditional exports and ‘Agriculture of Change’ (based on large scale monocrops) in the early 1990s, Cuba was forced to implement an alternative model.

Elisa Botella-Rodríguez, Lecturer in Economic History, Economics and Economic History Department and Instituto de Iberoamérica, University of Salamanca, Spain.

Latin American Centre Seminars: Joint seminar with the Spanish Real Instituto Elcano/ 2018: Electoral Year in Latin America – Round Table Discussion

Friday, 16 February, 2018 -
16:30 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Carlos Malamud is Senior Analyst for Latin America at the Elcano Royal Institute, and Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain.

Professor Carlos Malamud, Real Instituto Elcano, Spain
Maryhen Jimenez, LAC
Oswaldo Amaral, State University of Campinas (Unicamp)
Carlos Pérez-Ricart, LAC

Fernanda Novaes Cruz

Fernanda Novaes Cruz is a Brazilian sociologist. She did her Undergraduate and Master's Degree in Social Sciences at UERJ and a second Undergraduate degree in Social Communication at UFRJ. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Sociology student at the Institute of Studies of Sociology and Politics (IESP-Uerj). She is also a researcher at the Analysis of Violence Laboratory (LAV-Uerj) and part of GEPESP (, an interdisciplinary group studying and researching suicide and prevention. She has experience with qualitative and quantitative research in violence field including diagnoses of homicides and suicides and strategies to reduce and prevent them. The study of use and abuse of drugs, Military Police and paramilitary groups are also among her fields of expertise and interest. In addition to academic activities, she was part of the Human Rights Council of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Her thesis is aiming to discuss the use of drugs among police officers in the Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro and their strategies to manage it. She won a Brazilian scholarship from the Brazilian government to spend a term at the LAC supervised by Prof. Leigh Payne. 

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