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UCL Americas Team Produces Report on Colombian Peace Process for PBI

UCL Americas PhD candidates Jaskiran Chohan and Ivan Lobo produced a report for Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), on the occasion of two separate visits of two distinguished Colombians to the UK: President Santos and renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Reinaldo Villalba from the organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR). UCL Americas had the honour of meeting the latter during his stay in London. To read the report please follow this link to the PBI UK's website here. More...

Published: Dec 2, 2016 12:36:12 PM

Iwan Morgan's Reagan Book Named One of Best Politics Books of 2016 by The Times

Professor Iwan Morgan's book 'Reagan: American Icon' has been named one of the best politics books in 2016 by The Times. Read the article here - registration is required. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2016 5:20:03 PM

Success of student-led interdisciplinary event on political violence in Latin America

Congratulations to the UCL Colombian Society, which on November 21 hosted and succesfully delivered the interdisciplinary, multi-collaboration event 'An Insider's View on Non-State Armed Actors: Political Violence, Crime and State Formation in Latin America'. Please read the executive report in full here. More...

Published: Nov 25, 2016 2:43:20 PM

Doctoral Funding Schemes Available at UCL Americas

The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce a range of studentships for autumn 2017 entry. Please follow this link for information.

Published: Nov 22, 2016 1:10:39 PM

Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report

This report is based on the discussions of a workshop convened by the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which brought together representatives from academia, civil society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule. Please follow this link for the full document.

Published: Nov 18, 2016 2:27:27 PM

Job opportunity at UCL Americas: Teaching Fellow in African-American Civil Rights

The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Teaching Fellow in African American Civil Rights. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available for 3 months approximately. The postholder will be required to carry out teaching, research facilitation, knowledge transfer and module administration within the Institute relating to the history of the African American Freedom Struggle and to teach on an undergraduate survey course on the making of the modern United States since 1920. Teaching will take place on Thursday and Fridays. For more information, details and conditions, as well as to access the online application form, please follow this link:

Published: Nov 17, 2016 12:28:49 PM

UCL Americas Hosts Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

UCL Americas was delighted to host Reinaldo Villalba from the renowned Colombian human rights organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR) and Susi Bascon from Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK on Thursday 3 November. Together with UCL Americas PhD students Jaskiran Chohan, Ivan Lobo, and Sebastian Smart, Dr Par Engstrom expressed his gratitude to Reinaldo for the invaluable opportunity to discuss with him the current state of the peace talks and the important work of CCAJAR in Colombia. More...

Published: Nov 8, 2016 6:06:17 PM

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

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. 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

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