Between 2008 and 2018 I have been principal researcher at the Centre for Democracy Studies and co-director of the Zurich Latin American Centre (2016-2019), both at the University of Zurich.
I finished my Habilitation (highest degree in the Swiss German academic system) in 2015 at the University of St.Gallen, with the venia legendi in Latin American Studies and I hold two Bachelor degrees in Social Communication and Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (Spain).
My main topics of research include the introduction and practices of mechanisms of direct and participatory democracy, digital media and politics as well as social movements, political parties, and democratization processes.
The principal topics of my research are the introduction and practices of mechanisms of direct and participatory democracy, and digital media and politics, i.e. ‘democratic innovation’. With a focus on the Latin American experience but increasingly dealing with Europe, I have published extensively on these topics in English and Spanish in both peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters. Most of these publications are accessible in open formats at my pages in Academia and Research Gate.
Additionally, I am member of the Comittee of the Swiss Society of Americanists, the Euro Latin American network of governability for Development (RedGob) and founder member of the Red de polítólogas. I am also member of ALACIP, CEISAL, ECPR, IPSA y la SAAP.
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