Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


About Us

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is an interdisciplinary Newcastle University Research Centre.

Centre Organisation


Members of CLACS engage in research in Latin America and the Caribbean from a range of disciplinary perspectives, representing work in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAGE), and the School of Biomedical Sciences within the Faculty of Medical Studies.

CLACS members have expertise in history, politics, human geography, sociology, literature, film studies, cultural studies, Spanish, Portuguese and Quechua languages, architecture and urban planning, marine biology, environmental sciences, civil engineering, neuroscience, and education.

The Centre is supported by a steering group and an external International Advisory Board.

We also have strong links with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and interest groups based in the North East.


CLACS is represented at the Standing Conference for Centres of Latin American Studies. This is convened by the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS).

Our members have strong links with wider Areas Studies communities. We take part in and co-host conferences, workshops and seminars.

We lead and serve on the steering committees for important learned societies and their specialist study groups. These include: