Opened in January 2016 to serve as a focal point for LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region.
The Centre supports the research of faculty from nearly every department across the School whose research is principally focussed on or relevant to the region. Research expertise covers themes on which Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities such as democratisation, citizenship and human rights, decentralisation and governance, violence, inequality and inclusionary initiatives for women, indigenous groups and youth. LSE research offers distinctive insights to state-building, nationalism and economic policy during the nineteenth century, and to the understanding of revolutionary movements, authoritarianism and Cold War geopolitics during the twentieth century. Faculty have provided leading-edge research on economic liberalisation, innovation and property rights, fiscal reform, new financial instruments, risk assessments and regulation, as well as drug policies, urban planning and design, and the effects of climate change.
A key aim of the Centre is to raise public awareness, including in Latin America and Caribbean itself, of LSE research through knowledge-exchange. The Centre assists faculty to promote and disseminate research findings with international bodies, governments, business groups, civil society organisations, think tanks, media and the general public, enhancing the impact of the LSE’s multi- and inter- disciplinary expertise. The Centre supports collaboration and outreach with academic and non-academic stakeholders, through the organisation of meetings, workshops, conferences, blogs and publications, including in Spanish and Portuguese when possible.
The Centre has a particular purpose to enrich the intellectual life of the School. It organises public events with leading figures from the world of politics, business, civil society and academia, including numerous heads of state, and representatives of bi- and multi-lateral organisations, as well as more discreet seminars and media activities to critically debate topics relevant to the region, and discuss these in comparative and global perspective. The Centre is keen to establish itself as a space for visiting scholars, policy-makers and others to conduct research and engage in lively debate with faculty, researchers and students.
Lastly but of equal importance, the Centre exists to enhance the student experience at LSE, providing an alternative intellectual home for postgraduates outside their departments, and collaborating with student societies in London and alumni groups in the region. The School is proud to have been chosen by over 5,000 students from the region as their place of study, including such distinguished figures as Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica, and Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, both winners of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
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