- Consuelo Thiers
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0) 749 156 0106
- Research Interests
- Political psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis, Latin American Foreign Policies, At-a-distance personality assessment of political leaders
Not quite a Pacific Ocean: the role of leader's beliefs in shaping South American enduring rivalries
My research aims to contribute to the understanding of the life cycle of enduring rivalries. In Latin America, it is possible to observe enduring rivalries, mostly related to territorial disagreements, that are maintained over time, producing and reproducing persistent contestations among states. My research focuses on the long-lasting conflict between neighbouring countries Bolivia-Chile and Chile-Peru.
The enmity between these countries is reflected, at present, in the absence of diplomatic relations (Chile-Bolivia), constant disagreements, hostile rhetoric, threats and three lawsuits filed before the International Court of Justice. Regardless of the overall negative relationship, these rivalries have had periods of escalation and de-escalation over time. An element that has not been thoroughly explored is the role of political leaders, advisors and public servants in shaping the life cycle of these conflicts. In this sense, my research aims to help explain the variation of these rivalries through the analysis of decision-makers' beliefs.
The method to perform the analysis will rely on the analysis of documents (mainly speeches delivered by Presidents and Foreign Affairs Ministers) and the information collected through interviews with political leaders, advisors and public servants.
Documents will be analysed using the at-a-distance assessment technique. This technique has been developed to carry out evaluations of political leaders' personality and is based on the idea that psychological characteristics can be assessed through a systematic analysis of what leaders say. Within the wide-ranging variety of these sort of procedures, I will utilise the cognitive Operational Code framework. This approach intends to determine decision-makers’ philosophical and instrumental beliefs concerning the nature of the political universe and their preferences regarding political actions.
The interviews conducted with advisors and public servants will be examined through qualitative analysis.
M.A in International Studies, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Dissertation: “Latin American Political Leaders: A study of personality at-a-distance”
B.A in Psychology, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
- Tutor on Introduction to Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2017-2018)
- Lecturer in Psychological Assessment, Universidad SEK, Department of Psychology. Santiago, Chile (2014 – 2016)
- Lecturer in Psychological Assessment, Universidad UNIACC, Department of Psychology. Santiago, Chile (2012 – 2016)
- Lecturer in Personal Development, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Department of Early Childhood Education. Santiago, Chile (2013 – 2015)
- Lecturer in Learning Psychology, Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura, Department of Education. Santiago, Chile (2013)
- Lecturer in Learning Psychology and Psychological Development, Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, Department of Education. Santiago, Chile (2011 – 2013)
- Research Assistant (2018) for Kristen Hopewell. University of Edinburgh.
- Research Assistant (2015-2017) for Dr Sebastien Dube, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
- Politics and International Relations Career Development PhD Scholarship (2016-2018). University of Edinburgh.
- Center for Contemporary Latin American Studies (University of Edinburgh) Santander Kick-start research funding. With Dr Carlos Montes (2018). Project: “Political past. Temporal and spatial dimensions of the grammar used in Latin American political discourse”
- Student initiative grant for the conference "Foreign Policy Analysis and Role Research". With Saskia Smellie and Dr Victor Gigleux (2017)
- Travel research grant, Universidad de Chile (2012)
- The Sue Grant Service Award: contribution to the community through extracurricular work. With Saskia Smellie and Dr Victor Gigleux (2018)
Dubé, Sebastien & Thiers, Consuelo (2017). Social Group Dynamics and Patterns of Latin America Integration Processes. Revista de Estudios Sociales, (60). 25-35. https://dx.doi.org/10.7440/res60.2017.02
Thiers, C. (2017, July 12) [Review of the book Latin America’s Leaders by R. Diamint & L. Tedesco]. Political studies review, 15 (4), 675-676. https://doi-org.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/10.1177/1478929917712906
Participation in Conferences
§ Thiers, C. (2018). Profiler Plus: Spanish translation of the Leadership Trait Analysis Coding Scheme. International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, San Francisco.
§ Dubé, S. and Thiers, C. (2017). Social Group Dynamics and Patterns of Latin American Integration Processes. International Society of Political Psychology Annual Scientific Meeting (ISPP), Edinburgh.
§ Thiers, C. (2017). Latin American Political Leaders: A study of personality at-a-distance. International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Baltimore.
§ Dubé, S. and Thiers, C. (2016). When National Interests and Group Dynamics Clash: Latin American Integration Processes from a Political Psychology Perspective. LASA Conference, New York.
§ Dubé, S. and Thiers, C. (2016) Workshop: “regional processes and the changing state in Latin America”. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Research Grant Administrator, Millenium Nucleus Center of Stochastic Models, 2014-2016.
Spanish - native speaker
English - fluent
Foreign Policy Analysis and Role research group. University of Edinburgh (co-convenor)
International Studies Association- ISA
Latin American Studies Association- LASA
International Society of Political Psychology- ISPP
Society for Latin American Studies-SLAS