A vibrant and supportive community for research on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Our research agenda works across the disciplines. It includes the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Marine Science, and Medicine.
We investigate all parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, from Mexico in the North to Argentina in the South and Barbados in the East.
We also undertake research on Latin American and Caribbean diasporas in Europe, North America, and beyond.
The reproduction and contestation of powerThe reproduction and contestation of power
How has domination been structured and contested in Latin America and the Caribbean, from colonial times to the present?
How have histories of colonialism, slavery, and indigenous exclusion contributed to the organization of Latin American and Caribbean societies today?
Our research pays attention to:
- formal and informal politics
- state formation
- gender relations
- the development and reproduction of capitalism
Cultural production, language, heritage and identityCultural production, language, heritage and identity
We have a sustained interest in minority and indigenous languages. We are the only UK University that teaches Quechua.
Our researchers also study the creative use of language in Latin American, Caribbean, and diaspora poetry, prose, drama.
Our work investigates cultural production in arenas of music and visual culture. We look at concerns regarding the protection and development of heritage and its interaction with concerns related to identity.
Mobility, livelihood, and everyday lifeMobility, livelihood, and everyday life
We investigate labour processes and the maintenance of livelihoods, particularly in the informal sector.
We have ongoing projects in urban settings in Colombia and Brazil. These examine everyday processes by which people lay claim to cities or spaces within them.
We examine historical and contemporary processes of mobility. This includes transnational migration and movement within national boundaries.
Resources, sustainability and healthResources, sustainability and health
We research the availability of and access to resources across Latin America and the Caribbean.
We have particular expertise in:
- extractive industries and their consequences
- the politics of water rights
- the condition and health of marine resources such as fisheries and coral reefs
Our medical research focuses on epidemiology in contexts of social inequality.