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Alison Redford

Alison Redford QC now serves as a World Bank Advisor on Gas Sector Reform in Pakistan and also as an advisor in other jurisdictions, as they develop new approaches to upstream regulation and community engagement. Alison served as Premier of Alberta from 2011 to 2014 and prior to that as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Her government introduced a new, integrated regulatory structure to Alberta and implemented the Alberta Energy Regulator, a single regulator that directly included environmental regulation, resource conservation, economic development and first nations consultation in all energy upstream projects in Alberta. The importance of the new Alberta regulator to investor confidence, competitiveness and a managed approach to environmental sustainability and climate change signaled a change to how energy regulation on major projects is managed in Alberta and set a new global standard. Alberta’s leading role in Canada’s energy economy has always been key to contributing to a long term vision for energy in Canada.  In that capacity she has been deeply involved in dialogue around energy, infrastructure and the environment in the United States and across Canada and was instrumental in developing the Canadian Energy Strategy, which started to address a true Canadian agenda on climate change, renewable energy, a post carbon economy, innovation, energy literacy as well an alternative and renewable energy economy. Alison is a strong proponent for integrated policy planning and stakeholder development to ensure long term economic success in energy producing countries.  She is an active voice on institutional and public sector reform based on inclusive policy development in the areas of climate change, renewable energy strategies and trade development. She has worked on bilateral and multilateral projects related to constitutional development, telecommunications and energy sector regulation, judicial training, local government infrastructure planning and community development. Her career has been primarily focused on institutional change and public sector reform and governance of regulatory institutions in post conflict situations, including South Africa, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sub Saharan Africa on behalf of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the European Union.  

Amelia Kiddle

Dr. Kiddle is Associate Professor of Spanish American history and the Coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Calgary. She specializes in the political and cultural history of Mexican foreign relations. She has published articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos.  Her first monograph, Mexico?s Relations with Latin America during the Cárdenas Era, which is based upon her University of Arizona doctoral dissertation (winner of the 2010 Premio Genaro Estrada from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has just been published by the University of New Mexico Press. As an outgrowth of this project, she developed an interest in the Mexican oil expropriation of 1938's place in inter-American affairs.  She and her colleague in Mexico, Cecilia Zuleta recently published an anthology of newspaper articles from Latin America reacting to the expropriation (PEMEX, 2014) and they have begun work on a co-authored book tentatively titled The Mexican Oil Expropriation of 1938 in Latin American Politics and Culture, a project which is supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Kiddle received the inaugural Sir Izaak Walton Killam SSHRC Emerging Research Leader Award from the University of Calgary in 2014.

Ben McKay

Ben McKay is an Assistant Professor of Development and Sustainability in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. He received his PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands, and is a Research Associate and part of the Global Secretariat of the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS). His research interests include the politics of agrarian change in Latin America, food sovereignty alternatives, the extractive character of capitalist agricultural development, the global food system, flex crops, and the rise of emerging economies and their implications for global agrarian transformation. He has carried out research and maintains research interests in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. His work has been published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, World Development, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Energy Policy, Third World Quarterly, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Globalizations, among others. Email:

Candelaria Konrad

Fellow Emerita, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures

Christon Archer

Fellow Emeritus, Department of History

Conny Davidsen

Dr. Conny Davidsen's is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary and fellow researcher at LARC. Her research interest focuses on environmental policy processes, especially local-global and discourse-media dynamics surrounding environmental policy and governance. Built upon her academic training, field research experience and collaborative engagement, her work has always had a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary work and internationalization, which continuously guide her research and teaching

Denise Fay Brown

Fellow Emerita Denise Fay Brown joined the Geography Department as Asst. Professor in July 2000 in a joint appointment with the Faculty of Communication and Culture. She was brought on as the Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Directed the program until 2009. She came to the University of Calgary in 1997 with a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellowship after living for 15 years in Mexico. From 1991 to 1997 she was a faculty member in the graduate program in Social Anthropology and Cultural Ecology at Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana. While living in Mexico, she collaborated with the University of Calgary on Latin American Studies Field Schools in Mexico through the 1980s and 1990s, and as Director of the Latin American Studies Program directed these annual Field Schools through 2009. She currently teaches in both the Latin American Studies and Geography programs, and supervises graduate students in both areas. Her research focuses on the social organization of space and cultural landscapes, with a special interest in the Maya region of Yucatan, Mexico.

Elizabeth H. Paris


Elizabeth H. Paris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary. Her research focuses on Mesoamerican archaeology, particularly the organization of commercial exchange networks and institutions in the Maya region during the Postclassic period. Topics of particular interest include ancient cities, high-skill craft production, metallurgy, and market exchange within ancient commercial networks. Her current field research project, “Redes Económicas de Tenam Puente,” with co-directors Dr. Roberto López Bravo (Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas) and Mtro. Gabriel Lalo Jacinto (Centro INAH Chiapas), is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant. She also directed the “Proyecto Económico de los Altos de Chiapas,” at sites in the Jovel Valley of highland Chiapas, Mexico, with co-director López Bravo, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. She is also a collaborator for projects at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico, with a particular focus on materials analysis and high-skill craft production. Her work has been published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Ancient Mesoamerica, Lithic Technology, Estudios de la Cultura Maya, Journal of Field Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Research, and Arqueología Iberoamericana. She obtained her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY, and received the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Political Economy on the Postclassic Western Maya Frontier.”

Elizabeth Montes Garces

Elizabeth Montes Garcés’ research focuses on Latin American prose fiction, Latin American women writers as well as literature and film in Latin America. She has published extensively in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her area of expertise is Latin American women’s writing. Her book El cuestionamiento de los mecanismos de representación en la novelística de Fanny Buitrago was published by Peter Lang in 1997, and she also edited the volume Relocating Identities in Latin American Cultures (University of Calgary Press, 2007), and Violence in Argentine Literature and Film: 1989-2005  with Carolina Rocha (University of Calgary Press, 2010). She has published several articles on Latin American female Writers in prestigious journals such as Texto críticoLetras femeninasRevista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, and Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. She is currently working on the edition of a special issue of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos  on the representation of women in Contemporary Spanish and Latin American cartoons.


Francisco Alaniz Uribe

Francisco Alaniz Uribe is the Co-Director of the EVDS Urban Lab and is an Assistant Professor, he was awarded the University of Calgary’s inaugural Teaching Award for Sessional Instructors, before joining the faculty ranks as a full-time educator in 2014. He received his BSc in Architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), a Master in Urban Development Projects from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master of Environmental Design (urban design) from the University of Calgary. He is a Registered Professional Planner with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. His research focuses on health and the built environment with a strong focus on urban design and the quality of the public realm. His professional experience includes practicing as an architect and developer in Mexico and a consultant of planning and urban design in Canada.