Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The research group MEGA held a virtual workshop Nov. 5

November 22nd, 2021

On November 5, CIPR hosted a virtual workshop for the members of the research group Mobilization, Extractivism and Government Action (MEGA). MEGA is an interdisciplinary network of established and rising scholars from Europe and the Americas investigating the policy and institutional change effects of contentious action over extractive projects. The group is under the leadership of Eduardo Silva (Political Science, Tulane University) and the coordination of Zaraí Toledo Orozco (CIPR).

Following an overview of the group’s research trajectory, the workshop aimed at developing new projects focused on the systematic analysis of the political and economic conditions that can help us anticipate likely patterns of contention and the type of state responses they will receive. Put it differently, MEGA is interested in the comparative study of the structural conditions that influence the impact of social movement strategies and tactics on public policy and institutional change.

While MEGA’s research makes important contributions to the study of social movements, policy and institutional change, and democracy, it also speaks to policymakers and international institutions interested in data-based policy options for peaceful conflict resolution and the empowerment vulnerable communities.

The workshop featured the participation of Arsel Murat (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Rose Spalding (DePaul University), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Paul Haslam (Ottawa University), Julieta Godfrid (Universidad de Playa Ancha), Ludovico Feoli (CIPR), María Ackhurin (Loyola University), Moisés Arce (Tulane University), Scott Odell (MIT), Roberta Rice (University of Calgary), Katrin Uba (Uppsala University), Camilo Nieto Matiz (CIPR) and Andrés Sandoval (Tulane University).

MEGA’s virtual workshop is part of the scheduled activities for 2021-2022 along with the publication of a special number on the politics of policy change and the participation in upcoming international conferences, such as the Latin American Studies Association International Congress to be held in San Francisco in May 2022.

MEGA’s publications include a special issue of ERLCAS on Mega-Projects, Contentious Action, and Policy Change in Latin America. Past group events can be found here.