Who's who

Global South Unit Staff

Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden

Co-director of the Global South Unit
Professor in International Relations, LSE
Email: j.c.alden@lse.ac.uk
Web: LSE Experts and LSE Profile

Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme; and a former Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books and reports, including The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010), China and Latin America (CLSA 2009), China in Africa (Zed 2007), and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), Japan and South Africa (Ashgate 2003) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals. He has contributed to research, conferences and publications on the South African foreign policy since 1991, the changing role of China and Africa since 1992 and China and Latin America since 2007. He has conducted consultancies for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, CLSA, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Standard Bank (SA) and Rand Merchant Bank (SA) amongst others.

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Dr. Alvaro Mendez

Co-director of the Global South Unit
Senior Research Fellow, LSE

Email: a.mendez@lse.ac.uk
Web: LSE Experts

Dr. Alvaro Mendez is the co-founder of the LSE Global South Unit. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the LSE; Research Associate, University of Bristol; and a former editor of Millennium-Journal of International Studies at the LSE. Dr. Mendez is also an associate academic at the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre; and an International Advisory Board member of the Observatoire Politique de l'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (OPALC) at Sciences Po.  Dr. Mendez has also taught and delivered lectures at Fudan University, University of Shanghai, the Singapore Institute of Management, Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires-Argentina), Universidad del Pacifico (Lima-Peru), and at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He won the 2003-2004 Departmental Teaching Prize in recognition of his contribution to teaching International Relations at the LSE. He is the co-author of UN Security Council Reform and the Challenge of South Representation (SAIIA 2009). He is regularly called upon to contribute to research conferences and the press his insights on the emergence of Latin America as an important actor in world politics. He is currently co-authoring a major study on the foreign relations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico with respect to China. His most recent publications include: Colombian Agency and the making of US Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2017); Global Governance in Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2017 ‘in print’); The China-Latin America Axis: Emerging Markets and their Role in an Increasingly Globalised World (co-authored with Gaston Fornes -- Palgrave, 2017 ‘in Print); The Long Crisis Facing Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Policy Reforms (co-authored with Rajiv Bizwas – LSE, 2016); and Change and continuity in Chinese foreign policy: China’s engagement in the Libyan civil war as a case study (co-authored with Jian Junbo – LSE, 2015).

Chris Hughes

Professor Christopher R. Hughes

Professor of International Relations, LSE
Email: c.r.hughes@lse.ac.uk
Web: LSE Experts and LSE Profile

Professor Hughes teaches courses in the International Politics of the Asia-Pacific region and Chinese Foreign and Security Policy. He served as Head of the International Relations Department from 2013 to 2016, and was Director of the Asia Research Centre from 2002 to 2005. His research focusses on Asia-Pacific with specific reference to Chinese politics and foreign policy. His books include Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism (Routledge 1997), China and the Internet: Politics of the Digital Leap Forward (edited with Gudrun Wacker, Routledge 2003), and Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (Routledge 2006). He has also published in leading academic journals on China's Africa policy, Chinese politics, international relations theory, and foreign policy. His most recent article is "Militarism and the China model: The case of National Defense Education", in The Journal of Contemporary China, 2016.

Caroline Varin

Dr. Caroline Varin            

Research Fellow, Global South Unit               Email: c.l.varin@lse.ac.uk
Web: Publications            

Lecturer in Security and International Organisations at Regent's University London, and program coordinator at the Global South Unit LSE). Dr. Varin is the author of Mercenaries, Hybrid Armies and National Security: Private Soldiers and the State in the 21st Century (Routledge 2014) and is co-editor of the Global South Unit Working Paper Series. She contributes regularly to conferences on topics relating to security and warfare, and has conducted research for the UNHCR in Jordan. Dr. Varin previously worked in intelligence analysis, and continues to undertake consultancies on public relations and social media for various agencies.

Associate Fellows

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Dr. David Brenner

Email: d.brenner@lse.ac.uk

David Brenner is a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey. His research explores issues of conflict, security and development with a particular focus on non-state armed groups, insurgent political orders and borderlands in Southeast Asia. David received his doctorate from the Department of International Relations at LSE, where he worked on the impacts of politico-economic transformations in Myanmar’s restive borderlands on the social dynamics of political violence. His thesis is based on findings from extensive ethnographic field research and insights from Political Sociology.

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Dr. Sergio Chichava

Email: sergio.chichava@iese.ac.mz

Email: chichava@gmail.com

Dr. Chichava  is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Mozambique and Lecturer in Political Sociology and Political Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), also in Maputo. He obtained is PhD from Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France (2007) and has held fellowships at Oxford University (2008) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2013). He works on Mozambique's relations with rising powers, particularly on China and Brazil. His most recent publications are: China and Mozambique: from comrades to capitalists (Jacana 2014) co-edited with Chris Alden (2014).

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Dr. Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou

Email: f.soule-kohndou@lse.ac.uk

Dr. Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou is a junior lecturer in International Relations and Political Science at Sciences Po. She obtained her PhD at Sciences Po Paris (2014) and has held fellowships at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) (2010), the Research and Information System for developing countries (RIS) in New Delhi (2011), the Instituto Rio Banco (IRBr) in Brasilia (2011), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) (2012) and the University of Oxford (2013). She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics in 2015. Her research thematics focus on African agency in global politics, the politics of south-south cooperation, and rising powers in global governance. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Foro Internacional, Cahiers des Amériques Latines, Global Governance (upcoming), She is the author of the book Puissances émergentes et multilatéralisme: le cas de l’Afrique du Sud  (L’Harmattan, 2010).

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Dr. Marco Vieira

Email: m.a.vieira@bham.ac.uk

Marco Vieira is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Doctoral Research Director in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the role of emerging South powers in international politics/governance, South-South political cooperation and international relations theory. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in leading journals such as Review of International StudiesThird World QuarterlyEnvironmental PoliticsForeign Policy AnalysisGlobal Society and Global Governance. He is the co-author of the book The South in World Politics (Palgrave, 2010).

Professional services staff

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Tatiana Luján

Email: t.lujan@lse.ac.uk

Tatiana Luján is a Research Assistant at the Global South Unit with a focus on Latin America and China. She is a lawyer specialised in environmental law. She assists the unit with finding, organising and analysing research resources.

Advisory Board

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President Enrique García

Enrique García served as the Executive President of CAF from 1991 to 2017. He was Minister of Planning and Coordination and Head of the Economic and Social Cabinet for Bolivia between 1989 and 1991. He held senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for 17 years. He has acted as Bolivia’s Governor at the World Bank, at the Inter-American Development Bank, and at the River Plate Basin Development Fund (FONPLATA). He is the Vice President of Canning House, Co-Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Inter-American Dialogue, Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Forum, and Co-Chair of the International Club of Financial Institutions for Development (IDFC). He is a board member of the Global Agenda on Latin America at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Global Leadership Council of Brookings Institution, the Advisory Board of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and of the Advisory Board of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.

Irene

Dr Irene Mia

Dr. Mia is globally responsible for the Thought Leadership department. She develops and oversees large global client relationships from an editorial perspective, and plays a key role in disseminating and presenting The Economist Group's views and work around the world. Previously, she was regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), where she provided intellectual and strategic leadership to the regional editorial team in the EIU's Country Analysis division. Before joining The Economist Group, Ms. Mia was Director and Senior Economist at the Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum, where she specialized in Latin America and Iberia. She has served as lead author and editor of a number of regional and topical competitiveness papers and reports; notably, for six years she was Editor of the Global Information Technology Report series, one of the flagship publications of the World Economic Forum. Before that, she worked at the Sudameris Bank headquarters in Paris, holding various positions in the international affairs and international trade divisions. Ms. Mia holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, London University and a PhD in International Economic and Trade Law from L. Bocconi.

Hughes

Professor Christopher R. Hughes

Professor Hughes teaches courses in the International Politics of the Asia-Pacific region and Chinese Foreign and Security Policy. He served as Head of the International Relations Department from 2013 to 2016, and was Director of the Asia Research Centre from 2002 to 2005. His research focusses on Asia-Pacific with specific reference to Chinese politics and foreign policy. His books include Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism (Routledge 1997), China and the Internet: Politics of the Digital Leap Forward (edited with Gudrun Wacker, Routledge 2003), and Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (Routledge 2006). He has also published in leading academic journals on China's Africa policy, Chinese politics, international relations theory, and foreign policy. His most recent article is "Militarism and the China model: The case of National Defense Education", in The Journal of Contemporary China, 2016.

Susan

Dr Susan Nicolai

Dr. Nicolai is Senior Research Fellow in ODI's Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme. She works with researchers across the institute to delve more deeply into questions around measurement, political economy and financing of development, and explore how lessons feed into post-2015 debates. Susan has previously worked with the UN SRSG on Children and Armed Conflict, Save the Children, UNICEF and UNESCO. Her own policy work and research has focused on basic services – particularly education. She has worked in a number of countries around the globe, particularly fragile states and crisis affected countries.

Chris

Professor Chris Alden

Chris Alden is Professor in the Department of International Relations and Co-director of the Global South Unit at the LSE. He is also a Senior Research Associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and has held fellowship positions at Cambridge University, Ecole Normale Superieure and Tokyo University. Professor Alden has published widely on international politics, Asia-Africa relations and post-conflict reconstruction in Southern Africa.

Alvaro

Dr Álvaro Méndez

Dr. Mendez is the co-director of the LSE Global South Unit, a Senior Research Fellow at the LSE, Research Associate at the University of Bristol and former Editor of the Millennium-Journal of International Studies at the LSE. He has taught at the University of Shanghai, the Singapore Institute of Management, Universidad Torcuato di Tella and the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. At the LSE he received the 2003-2004 Departmental Teaching Prize in International Relations. He is co-author of UN Security Council Reform and the Challenge of South Representation (SAIIA 2009). He is regularly called upon by the press and at research conferences to contribute his knowledge of the emergence of Latin America in world politics. He is currently co-authoring with Chris Alden a major study on the foreign relations of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico with respect to China. He is the author of Colombian Agency and the making of US Foreign Policy: Intervention by Invitation (Routledge, 2017); co-author of The China-Latin American Axis: Emerging Markets and their Role in an increasingly Globalized World (Palgrave, 2017); and Global Governance in Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2017 ‘in Print’).

Peggy

Ms Peggy Jean-Louis

Ms. Jean-Louis joined LSE Advancement in January 2016 following a successful freelance career in corporate marketing, including strong brand partnerships and events experience, as well as a long stint in music management.