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School of Geography

Who we are

A network of scholars from the humanities and social sciences working in and on Latin America and the Caribbean, we host regular events and act as a virtual hub for opportunities, information and expertise relevant to the region.

We aim to facilitate contact, collaboration and interdisciplinary intellectual exchange between academics across and beyond the Faculty. Our work cuts across a number of research themes and contemporary challenges, including but not limited to: representation and the politics of global knowledge production; extractivism and climate justice; art, cultural production and political aesthetics; social movements, protests and resistance; gender and social reproduction; development and political economy; political behaviours and institutions; human rights and transitional justice; urban politics; and, histories of the Americas.  

In CRoLAC we are keen to centre and amplify voices from the region. Hence, we are delighted to host researchers, activists, policy makers and other practitioners where possible. We also welcome engagement with external partners including social movements, journalists, political parties, learned bodies and NGOs.


CRoLAC is co-directed by Dr Sam Halvorsen (School of Geography) and Dr Holly Eva Ryan (School of Politics and International Relations).

School of Geography

Dr Sam Halvorsen is a human geographer interested in grassroots politics and urban democracy in Latin America. His recent work has had a particular emphasis on the city of Buenos Aires.

School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Ryan is a scholar of global politics, whose work sits at the intersections of aesthetics, popular culture and everyday political expression. She has worked in/on a number of countries in the region but her current work explores Indo-Caribbean identity, cultural syncretism and the legacies of indenture.

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee advises on our future activities and helps to cascade information across Queen Mary. It consists of one academic member of staff from each School in the Faculty. It aims to meet once per semester.

It is currently made up of the following colleagues:

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