Johanna Amaya-Panche


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Dr Johanna Amaya-Panche is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has been a Lecturer in Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas and served as the Director of the Master's Program in Latin American Studies at University College London. Additionally, she is a Conflict & Change Cluster member within the Department of Political Science. In 2023, she earned her PhD in Government from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She holds a Master of Research in Latin American Studies and a Bachelor of Honours in Political Science and International Relations from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

Dr Amaya-Panche's research interests are deeply rooted in the fields of International Relations, Political Behaviour, and Political Science. Her work focuses on the influence of international actors on the complex local dynamics of collective action strategies initiated by civil society agents. She aims to promote peace, resilience, and reconciliation in the midst of armed conflicts, with a keen eye on gender and ethnic issues. Her research is primarily centred around Latin America and the Global South, which are integral to her work.

In addition to these core concerns, her academic curiosity extends to interlinked subjects, including transitional justice, multiculturalism, ethnicity, equality, diversity, and the inclusion of diverse populations. She also explores research methodologies that underpin our comprehension of intertwined global and local phenomena.

Dr Johanna Amaya-Panche's expertise extends beyond academia. She has made significant contributions as a researcher and policy analyst for renowned international organizations, including the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Survivors Fund, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Fund. Her projects have secured funding from diverse sources, such as USAID, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and the European Union. Her research has been recognized and featured on esteemed media platforms such as France 24, The Dialogue, The Canning House, and the Interethnic Committee for implementing the Peace Agreement in Colombia.

She is a proud first-generation, mixed-race female scholar from the Global South with a working-class family background.

Before starting her PhD, she was an Associate Professor at different Universities and a consultant for International Organisations and governments in Colombia, focusing on diversity, inclusion, peace-building, and community resilience.

Education/Academic qualification

Government, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Does Foreign Aid Foster Reconciliation? Evidence from Colombia, University of Essex

15 Jan 201910 Feb 2023

Award Date: 10 Feb 2023

Master of Research in Latin American Studies, Master of Research, Justice and Forgiveness in Peace Community Based Experiences in Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

15 Jan 201112 May 2012

Award Date: 2 Jan 2012

Political Science and International Relations , Bachelor of Politics, The Relationship Between War and Politics in Colombia: From Violence to Violences, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

15 Jan 200017 Dec 2004

Award Date: 17 Dec 2004

External positions

Member of the Board of Advisors, The Independent Diplomat

1 Dec 2023 → …

Member. Conflict & Change Cluster. Department of Political Sciences, University College London

1 Aug 2023 → …

Member, Network of European Political Science-NEPS

1 Jun 2023 → …

Lecturer in Politics of Latin America. Institue of the Americas, University College London

1 Jan 20232024

Member, Global South Academic Network

1 Jan 2021 → …

Member, CAPAZ. Colombian-German Institute for Peace

1 May 2020 → …


1 Mar 2020 → …

Member, SLAS- Society for Latin American Studies

1 Jan 2020 → …

Member, Chilean Association of Political Science

1 May 2015 → …


  • JZ International relations
  • JA Political science (General)

College Research Themes

  • Governance & Democracy


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