Dr. Álvaro Méndez is the co-director of the LSE Global South Unit. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the LSE, Adjunct Professor of the Institute for Global Public Policy at Fudan University, Visiting Professor of International Relations at Peking University and at Sciences Po, and a former editor of Millennium-Journal of International Studies at the LSE.
He is an associate academic at the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC), and an International Advisory Board member of the Observatoire Politique de l'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (OPALC) at Sciences Po. He has 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).
Dr. Méndez 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.