Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Grace Jaramillo

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of British Columbia

Grace Jaramillo is a specialist in Latin American International Relations with a focus on the regionalism and comparative political economy. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Studies. Her ongoing dissertation is a comparative historical analysis of industrial policy in Ecuador and Peru 1960-2010. The research aims at discovering the political factors that prevented the development of industry and the critical junctures created before and after the Washington Consensus. The assumption is that various levels of policy were transfer to regional bodies during transitional periods that ended up involving different layers of policy implementation and a convergence of interests, actors and institutional frameworks.

She has conducted extensive field research in various countries in Latin American, including Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Her most recent publications are: Determinants of foreign policy in Latin America: what role for regionalism? (2014 Forthcoming). International Relations in Latin America Today (2012); Ecuador vs. the World: Ten years of Foreign Policy Analysis(2011); Building Bridges between Ecuador and Colombia (2009) –published under the auspices of the OAS and the UNDP- andNew Approaches to Regional Integration: New Regionalism and Beyond(2008).

Grace has actively participated –by invitation of different governments- in different international negotiations schemes, including the Andean Region, the OAS and –during the last crisis Ecuador-Colombia- in the Carter Center’s high-level Bilateral Group of Dialogue. She was nominated to the Ecuadorian Council of Foreign Relations in 2007. 

She has a regular column at one of the most prestigious newspapers in Ecuador, EL COMERCIO, since 2001. She has contributed to the Globe and Mail in Canada and has been frequently interviewed by the BBC, Radio Netherlands, Radio France International and other international media outlets.

Among the awards received: Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Grant (2013); Queen's Doctoral Scholarship (2010); Chevening Scholarship (2007); Fulbright Scholarship (2001). 

  • BCOM Universidad Central del Ecuador
  • M.A. University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D Queen’s University

Current Interests/Research:

  • International/Comparative Political Economy; 
  • Comparative Regionalism with emphasis in Latin America; 
  • Global Governance; 
  • Comparative Public Policy.


The University of British Columbia (UBC)