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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Consuelo Thiers

Consuelo Thiers
Consuelo Thiers
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 749 156 0106
Research Interests
Political psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis, Latin American Foreign Policies, At-a-distance personality assessment of political leaders

Research project

My research focuses on the analysis of the influence of political leaders in foreign policy decision-making processes. More specifically, the aim of this project is to assess the role of political leaders’ beliefs in the life cycle of two South American enduring rivalries; Bolivia-Chile and Chile-Peru. The method to perform the analysis is based on the use of the at-a-distance personality assessment technique. This technique has been developed to carry out evaluations of political leaders' personality and relies on the idea that psychological characteristics can be assessed through a systematic analysis of what leaders say. Within the wide-ranging variety of these sort of procedures, I will utilise the cognitive Operational Code framework. This approach intends to determine decision-makers’ philosophical and instrumental beliefs concerning the nature of the political universe and their preferences regarding the political action.


Prof. Juliet Kaarbo and Prof. Kristen Hopewell


M.A in International Studies, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Dissertation: “Latin American Political Leaders: A study of personality at-a-distance”

B.A in Psychology, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Teaching and research experience

  • Research Assistant for Dr Sebastien Dubé, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Assisted in carrying out an investigation project related to the analysis of integration processes in Latin America, using concepts of social psychology (2015-2016)
  • Lecturer in Psychological Assessment, Universidad SEK, Department of Psychology. Santiago, Chile (2014 – 2016)
  • Lecturer in Psychological Assessment, Universidad UNIACC, Department of Psychology. Santiago, Chile (2012 – 2016)
  • Lecturer in Personal Development, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Department of Early Childhood Education. Santiago, Chile (2013 – 2015)
  • Lecturer in Learning Psychology, Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura, Department of Education. Santiago, Chile (2013)
  • Lecturer in Learning Psychology and Psychological Development, Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, Department of Education. Santiago, Chile (2011 – 2013)


  • Politics and International Relations Career Development PhD Scholarship (2016-2018). University of Edinburgh.
  • Thesis research grant, Universidad de Chile (2012).


Dubé, Sebastien & Thiers, Consuelo (2017). Social Group Dynamics and Patterns of Latin America Integration Processes. Revista de Estudios Sociales, (60). 25-35.

Thiers, C. (2017, July 12) [Review of the book Latin America’s Leaders by R. Diamint & L. Tedesco]. Political studies review, 15 (4), 675-676.


Spanish - native speaker

English - fluent


International Studies Association- ISA

Latin American Studies Association- LASA

International Society of Political Psychology- ISPP

Society for Latin American Studies-SLAS