UCL Institute of the Americas


Research Networks

The Institute of the Americas has established a number of research networks and gives its support to other scholarly groups by co-organising and hosting events, as well as assisting with publications.

UCL Americas Research Network

Composed of a diverse group of international researchers across numerous disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and beyond, the UCL Americas Research Network was established in 2013 and exists to facilitate interaction between postgraduate students and early career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas, with the aim of creating a dynamic, interdisciplinary community that can enhance the level of scholarship on the region.

British Academics for a Colombia Under Peace

British Academics for a Colombia under Peace (BACUP). The BACUP network is open to all academics in the UK from any discipline who have an interest in Colombia. As a network of scholars, BACUP understands its role as building a group of critical friends to this peace process, contributing deeper understanding of the diverse historical roots of armed conflict and violence as well as looking forward to what a Colombia 'under peace' might look like. For further information please contact any BACUP member.

British Network on Latin American Politics

The British Network on Latin American Politics promotes debates and exchanges on contemporary Latin American politics, public policy and international affairs. It also facilitates collaboration among university-based researchers at a number of universities, including King's College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of Bradford, University of Oxford, University of York and others. The co-convenors of the Network are Kevin J. Middlebrook and Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, Oxford).

Cuba Research Network - CRN

The Cuba Research Network (CRN) aims to bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines who share an interest in Cuban history, economy and society, or are working on research projects with Cuban partners. The CRN provides a forum that aims to improve interaction, dissemination of information, sharing of research and fostering of academic discussion. The CRN is coordinated by Dr Emily Morris, whose work on Cuba focuses on the economy and the Havana sustainable mobility project. Other UCL-IA staff and associates with a research interest in Cuba-related topics are also part of the network.

Inter-American Human Rights Network

The Inter-American Human Rights Network (IAHRN) is an international research project which seeks to examine the development and impact of the regional human rights system of the Americas.
The Network's principal purpose is to foster and coordinate collaborative research into the operations, structure, policies, rulings and recommendations of the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court, which together make up the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS). For further details please contact: Dr Par Engstrom

London Transitional Justice Network

The London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN) is an inter-university and interdisciplinary network of scholars, practitioners and policymakers from the wider London area (and beyond) who have research interests in the politics, policies and processes of transitional justice. For further information please contact the LTJN co-chair: Dr Par Engstrom

Radical Americas

The Radical Americas Network was established in 2012 to highlight the benefits of hemispheric, comparative and transnational approaches to the study of the various historical, political and social contexts in which radicalism has developed throughout the Americas. We hold annual symposiums at the UCL Institute of the Americas. For further details please contact: radicalamericas@gmail.com

Westminster in the Caribbean: History, Legacies, Challenges.

The Westminster in the Caribbean network seeks to address the urgent need for an expanded and updated analysis of the experience of Westminster in the Caribbean. The network will consider how the political model inherited from Britain was adapted to the conditions of the Caribbean, its impact on Caribbean democracy and the challenges the model has faced over the period of independence. The network encourages dialogue across a number of borders to bring new insights to critical debates about the evolution and perceived decline of democracy in the region. To enquire about participating in the network please contact katherine.quinn@ucl.ac.uk