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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Omar Alejandro Loera

Omar Alejandro Loera
Omar Alejandro Loera
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
+44 7712128579
Research Interests
Mexico, Foreign Policy, Domestic sources of Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Mexico-U.S. relations, Autonomy in Foreign Policy, the structure/agency problem, Role Theory

PhD working title:

Approaching Mexico's foreign policy: Making sense of Mexico's place in the world.


                                              SPS PG Representative (2020-2021)


  • MSc in International Relations (2014), University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Dissertation: “Mexico’s bilateral relation with the United States:
Opportunities and constraints for Mexican foreign policy from the year
2000 to 2012”.
[Distinction mark obtained].

  • Graduate Certificate on U.S.-Mexico border studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte (2017).
  • B.A. in International Relations (2012), Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Minor in International trade. Dissertation title: “The role of energy security in contemporary relations between Guatemala and Mexico seen from the Copenhagen school of security studies”.

Teaching experience:

(2015-17). Adjunct university lecturer for undergraduate-level students at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico. Courses lectured:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis (2015).
  • International Relations Seminar (2015).
  • North American Regional Scenario (2015-16).
  • Latin American Regional Scenario (2016).
  • European Regional Scenario (2016).
  • Middle East Regional Scenario (2016).
  • Consular and diplomatic politics (2015-16).
  • Economic globalization (2015-16).
  • Economy and the State (2016).
  • Development, Society and Citizenship in Mexico (2016-17).

Research experience:

  • (2017) Field research coordinator for a team funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to provide consultancy services to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Belize. Interviews, surveys and ethnographic methods were employed. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.

  • (2015). Assistant researcher of a team funded by the Inter-American
    Development Bank (IADB) for the elaboration of a case study concerning the
    tentative replication of specialized STEM schools in the Dominican Republic. I took part on the field research which was carried out on the Hermanas Mirabal Province on the Dominican Republic from May to June. Surveys, interviews, questionnaires, focus groups were employed. I took part on the coding of data gathered.

  • (2013). Assistant researcher for a project funded by the Clinton Global Initiative, evaluating the teaching of the English language to Mexican youngsters in the Mexican state of Puebla. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.
  • (2012). Assistant Researcher for a research project of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) with the purpose of evaluating pedagogical practices in math and science in Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. I took part on the coding of the data gathered.


  • CONACyT fellow (Mexico).
  • City of Chihuahua (Mexico) outstanding youth award-1st place.
  • State of Chihuahua (Mexico) outstanding youth award- 1st place. 


  • Children and youth migrants in Mexico: State of research and public policy” Spanish Journal of Social Security and Employment. ISSN 2174-7504, Nº. 120, pp: 113-132.

  • Montero-Sieburth, Martha & Loera, Omar. "Policy and Research of Returning Mexican and Stranded Central American Youth: The absence of pluricultural/intercultural educational practice in Mexico.” Journal of Intercultural Education.


  • Policy and research findings on youth of migrant descent in Mexico: A state of the art review”. ¨Presented at the South-North dialogues about child migration International seminar organized by the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. April 2015.

  • “Institutional governance of the Mexican-U.S. border”, presented at the XXIV annual congress of the Mexican Association of International Studies. October 2015”.


Spanish:  Native speaker.

English: Fluent.


Mexican Association of International Studies (AMEI).

South-North Dialogues on Children of Migrants (SOUNDS).