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Omar Loera-Gonzalez

Omar Loera-Gonzalez
Name
Omar Loera-Gonzalez
Address
Edinburgh UK
Telephone
+44 7712 128579
Email
Research Interests
Mexico, Role Theory, Foreign Policy, Domestic sources of Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Mexico-U.S. relations, Autonomy in Foreign Policy, the structure/agency problem
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/phd_students/omar_loera-gonzalez

PhD working title:

National role conceptions on the contemporary configuration of Mexican foreign policymaking.

Supervisors:

Professor Juliet Kaarbo and Professor Mark Aspinwall.

Qualifications:

  • MSc in International Relations (2014), University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Dissertation: “Mexico’s bilateral relation with the United States:
Opportunities and constraints for Mexican foreign policy from the year
2000 to 2012”.
[Distinction mark obtained].

  • Graduate Certificate on U.S.-Mexico border studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte; School of Global Policy & Strategy-UC San Diego (2017).
     
  • B.A. in International Relations (2012), Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Minor in International trade. Dissertation title: “The role of energy security in contemporary relations between Guatemala and Mexico seen from the Copenhagen school of security studies”.

Teaching experience:

(2015-17). Adjunct university lecturer for undergraduate-level students at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico. Courses lectured:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis (2015).
  • International Relations Seminar (2015).
  • North American Regional Scenario (2015-16).
  • Latin American Regional Scenario (2016).
  • European Regional Scenario (2016).
  • Middle East Regional Scenario (2016).
  • Consular and diplomatic politics (2015-16).
  • Economic globalization (2015-16).
  • Economy and the State (2016).
  • Development, Society and Citizenship in Mexico (2016-17).

Research experience:

  • (2017) Field research coordinator for a team funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to provide consultancy services to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Belize. Interviews, surveys and ethnographic methods were employed. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.

  • (2015). Assistant researcher of a team funded by the Inter-American
    Development Bank (IADB) for the elaboration of a case study concerning the
    tentative replication of specialized STEM schools in the Dominican Republic. I took part on the field research which was carried out on the Hermanas Mirabal Province on the Dominican Republic from May to June. Surveys, interviews, questionnaires, focus groups were employed. I took part on the coding of data gathered.

  • (2013). Assistant researcher for a project funded by the Clinton Global Initiative, evaluating the teaching of the English language to Mexican youngsters in the Mexican state of Puebla. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.
  • (2012). Assistant Researcher for a research project of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) with the purpose of evaluating pedagogical practices in math and science in Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.

Awards:

  • CONACyT scholar (Mexico).
  • Chihuahua’s (Mexico) outstanding youth award-1st place.

Publications:

  • Children and youth migrants in Mexico: State of research and public policy” Spanish Journal of Social Security and Employment. ISSN 2174-7504, Nº. 120, pp: 113-132.

  • Montero-Sieburth, Martha & Loera, Omar (2016). “State of the Art Review on Policy and Research of Returning Mexican and Stranded Central American Youth: The absence of pluricultural/intercultural educational practice in Mexico.” Journal of Intercultural Education. (Expected 2018).

Conferences:

  • Policy and research findings on youth of migrant descent in Mexico: A state of the art review”. ¨Presented at the South-North dialogues about child migration International seminar organized by the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. April 2015.

  • “Institutional governance of the Mexican-U.S. border”, presented at the XXIV annual congress of the Mexican Association of International Studies. October 2015”.

Languages:

Spanish:  Native speaker.

English: Fluent.

Memberships:

Mexican Association of International Studies (AMEI).

South-North Dialogues on Children of Migrants (SOUNDS).