The SRC on Latin American Politics is a newly established one. It aims to conduct researches about LATAM region policy. It gathers students from and within the Latin America to provide a diverse platform for collaboration and development. It is important that members of this SRC publish their work either in English or Spanish that increase accessibility and relevance of their work regionally and internationally.
Freddy H. Alpalá Cuesta, Chair of the SRC
Freddy H. Alpalá Cuesta is a Colombian undergraduate student in Political Studies and Conflict Resolution at University of Valle (Colombia). His research interests include: Ethnic conflicts, Peacebuilding, International Cooperation, Public Policies analysis and Poverty. He presented papers about Public policy of Childhood Well-Being, Public policies of poverty in Colombia and Brazil, Restitution of land rights in indigenous people Colombians at the National Congress of Political Science SAAP (Argentine Society of Political Analysis) in Argentina in August 2017, at the World Congress of Political Science IPSA (International Political Science Association) in Poland in July 2016, at the IAPSS Conference in Latin America in Ecuador in November 2015 and at the Latin American Congress of Political Science ALACIP (Latin American Association of Political Science) in July 2015 in Peru.
He was volunteer of the Colombian Red Cross and currently he is Coordinator in Cali of pedagogical committee of Rodeemos el Diálogo ReD (Embrace dialogue) who is a transnational, non-partisan network of Colombians and friends of Colombia that emerged in the United Kingdom in 2012, when peace talks began between the Government of Colombia and the FARC. ReD supports the negotiated settlement of armed conflicts and contributes to the building of peace by strengthening a culture of dialogue.
Grace Avila Casanova
Currently Msc Candidate at King’s College London Department of International Development (DID) in Emerging Economies & International Development, also pursuing a specialisation programme at the Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO) in Public Policy for Equality in Latin America. She’s the main researcher at the Policy Centre for Religion, Culture and Ethics at King’s Think Tank; she’s member of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and UK Coordinator for the World Organisation for Democracy and Development. She graduated from Kingston University with a First Class honours degree in Politics & International Relations. Former JASSO scholarship recipient from the Japanese government for undertaking studies in Indigenous Rights in the global context at Hiroshima University, Japan.
Previous research areas include the World Bank’s approach to development and the approaches to development by indigenous populations and governments in turn; social & environmental conflict, structural poverty; human rights, political violence and transitional justice processes.
Further research topics include the emerging economies’ efforts in education policy; extractive industries & development in South Asia and Latin America; informal economy, property rights and poverty alleviation.
She holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) and a post-graduate course in Development, Regional Integration and Public Policy (FLACSO, Argentina). Currently, she is working at SISUR-IPPDH-MERCOSUR as Associated Researcher in the field of Public Policy and Human Rights. She is also member of the Group of Young Researchers at the Institute of International Relations from the University of La Plata and is a member of the IPSA Research Committee 44 – Military’s Role in Democratization and IPSA Research Committee 13 related to Democratization in Comparative Perspective. She has a vast experience as young researcher in think tanks (Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales), universities (INSOD-UADE), NGOs (CIGOB Foundation) and as research assistant of an United Nations international consultant.
Her area of studies are referred to Latin American politics, Development and International Cooperation, Regional Integration (with special emphasis on MERCOSUR-European Union relations) and Gender Studies. She is member of IAPSS since 2014. She lives between Argentina and Italy.