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UCL Americas Dissertation Prize Winners Announced

The UCL Institute of the Americas is very pleased to announce that the following prizes have been awarded to recently completed MA and MSc students. They recognise exceptional performance in the dissertation that acts as the capstone to all of the Institute’s degree programmes. More...

Published: Oct 26, 2016 6:35:10 PM

Iwan Morgan Interview on BBC Radio 4's The Briefing

Listen to the interview to UCL Americas Iwan Morgan by The Economist's Soumaya Keynes, which appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme 'The Briefing'. More...

Published: Oct 24, 2016 6:20:42 PM

International Journal of the Commons Publishes UCL Americas PhD Candidate Ivan Lobo's Article on the Colombian Pacific Region

Building upon case-based evidence this paper explores the role of leaders in Ecomanglar, a community-based enterprise in the Black collective territory of La Plata-Bahía Málaga in the Colombian Pacific Basin, whose purpose is to provide eco and ethno-tourism services. The paper proposes an analytical framework to understand the role of these leaders based on the interaction of two dimensions: institutional transfer channels and operational capacity. It also analyses leaders as essential ‘brokers’ to initialise and sustain collective action. The findings challenge approaches which view collective action as an emergent decentralised group-oriented outcome. Read the article here.

Published: Oct 19, 2016 11:36:04 AM

Dr Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts Joins UCL Americas as Commonwealth Academic Fellow

We are honored to welcome Dr Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts as Commonwealth Academic Fellow for the duration of this academic year. Dr Gilbert-Roberts is a Jamaican regionalist with an interest in the politics of development, particularly at the intersection of governance, regionalism and youth development. She is a Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica. More on Dr Gilbert-Roberts here.

Published: Oct 5, 2016 2:54:15 PM

Third World Quarterly (TWQ) Vol 37, issue 9 - free access for a limited time

Following the successful delivery of the seminar Cuba: Redefining the Model, with the participation of journal contributors Vegard Bye, Bert Hoffmann and Laurence Whitehead, on October 3 at UCL Institute of the Americas, we would like to thank Taylor & Francis for their kindness in making available the whole of volume 37, issue 9 of TWQ  for free until the end of October. Follow their link here. This event was chaired by UCL Americas Maxine Molyneux.

Published: Oct 4, 2016 3:33:10 PM

Professor Kevin Middlebrook Appointed to LASA Prize Panel

Professor Kevin J. Middlebrook has been appointed Co-chair (with Professor Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell) of the international panel selecting the first recipient of the Latin American Studies Assocation’s Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship, the Association’s newest endowed prize. For details concerning the prize and nomination procedures, please consult More...

Published: Sep 29, 2016 9:43:20 AM

Dr. Juan Grigera Awarded ESRC Grant

Dr. Juan Grigera (UCL Americas) has been awarded funding from the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods to develop methods for natural language processing of newspaper sources to help the building of social conflict databases. The International Visitor Exchange will allow Grigera to do research with the Global Social Protest Research Working Group (led by Prof. Beverly Silver) at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at John Hopkins University. The project is targeted at advancing online digital and Big Data method and incorporating more advanced NLP techniques to global social history and to overcoming the geographical and historical limitations of the current social unrest datasets. More...

Published: Sep 26, 2016 2:48:44 PM

Professor Iwan Morgan on US election: Latest email news makes 'Clinton an issue'

The discovery of a big batch of previously undisclosed emails related to her private account is bad news for Hillary Clinton, Professor Iwan Morgan, US politics scholar at UCL Institute of the Americas, London, tells DW, as it takes the pressure off Trump and turns it up on Clinton. Read the complete DW interview here.

Published: Aug 24, 2016 9:42:39 AM

Dr. Néstor Castañeda Awarded British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Research Grant

Dr. Néstor Castañeda and co-investigators Dr. David Doyle (Oxford) and Dr. Cassilde Schwartz (UCL) have been awarded a British Academy-Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant for a project on tax policy and informality in Latin America. The project studies the attitudes of formal and informal workers towards taxes and public goods in Latin America by fielding an original survey in Mexico City. They will use list experiments to covertly elicit attitudes on tax avoidance and conjoint experiments to capture the multi-dimensional components of tax preferences. Their research project, set to begin in September 2016, seeks to contribute to the debate on sustainable fiscal policies in the region.

Published: Aug 23, 2016 11:53:28 AM

Iwan Morgan CNBC Interview on Clinton's Nomination

Iwan Morgan, Professor of U.S. Studies at University College London's Institute of the Americas, says Hillary Clinton must convince Americans that she represents change. Watch the interview here More...

Published: Aug 9, 2016 2:13:35 PM

Visit of Chinese Institute of Latin American Studies Delegation to UCL Institute of the Americas

The Director of the Chinese Institute of Latin American Studies, Dr. Wu Hongying and her colleagues visited UCL this week to discuss possible collaborations and exchange visits. The Beijing-based Institute is part of the prestigious Chinese Institute of International Relations based in Beijing. The meeting with the Chinese visitors was hosted at UCL Institute of the Americas, and attended by Professor Alejandro Madrigal, Pro Vice Provost for Latin America, Professor Maxine Molyneux, Dr. Kate Quinn and Dr. Juan Grigera from UCL Institute of the Americas.

Published: Jul 28, 2016 4:27:57 PM