School of Social and Political Science

Dr Consuelo Thiers

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‪Lecturer in International Relations


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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Research interests

Research interests

Political Psychology│Foreign Policy Analysis│Enduring Rivalries between States │Security Studies │Assessment of Political Leaders│ Emotions in IR │Foreign Policies of Latin America



PhD in Politics and IR, The University of Edinburgh

MA in International Studies, Universidad de Chile

BA in Psychology, Universidad de Chile


Consuelo Thiers is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science. She is a political psychologist and her research focuses on the application of psychologically oriented and agent-based approaches to understanding decision-making in International Relations. Her areas of research interests include foreign policy analysis, interstate rivalries, the assessment of political leaders and Latin American foreign policies. Currently, she is particularly keen to conduct research that helps expand the understanding of the role of emotions in shaping policymakers’ decisions in international conflicts.

Her work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Research outputs

Journal articles

  • Thiers, C. (2023). ‘The Role of Political Leaders’ Emotions in Shaping International Rivalries: The Case of Former Bolivian President Evo Morales’. Foreign Policy Analysis 20 (1): orad033. 
  • Thiers, C. and Wehner, L. (2023) “Britain’s COVID-19 battle: The role of political leaders in shaping the responses to the pandemic”. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 13691481231159020.
  • Thiers, C. and Wehner, L. (2022). “The personality traits of populist leaders and their foreign policies: Hugo Chavez and Donald Trump.” International Studies Quarterly, 66(1).
  • Thiers, C. “Profiling Leaders in Spanish.” (2020) International Studies Review, 22(4), 1039–1067 in Brummer et al. Forum: Coding in Tongues: Developing Non-English Coding Schemes for Leadership Profiling.

Book chapters

Book reviews

Blog pieces and commentaries 

Tools developed:

  • 2017-2020. Developed the Spanish version of the Operational Code Analysis coding scheme. This software automates the assessment of political leaders' beliefs within the Operational Code Analysis framework. Available:

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Leadership and community engagement

At-Large Officer (elected) of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association (2023-Present)

Co-founder and co-convenor of the Foreign Policy Analysis Research Group, University of Edinburgh (2016-2019).


Dr Thiers is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2020.

PLIT10154 Foundations in Global Security

PGSP11300 Foreign Policy Analysis


International Studies Association

International Society of Political Psychology

Red Politólogas 

British International Studies Association



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Tuesdays from 11:30 to 13:30

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Thiers C. The role of political leaders’ emotions in shaping international rivalries: The case of former Bolivian president Evo Morales. Foreign Policy Analysis. 2024 Jan;20(1):1-22. orad033. Epub 2023 Dec 6. doi: 10.1093/fpa/orad033
Thiers C, Wehner LE. Latin American populist leaders and the international stage: Analysing their belief systems. In Lacatus C, Löfflmann G, Meibauer G, editors, Political Communication and Performative Leadership: Populism in International Politics. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2023. p. 107-124. (The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication). doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-41640-8_6
Thiers C, Wehner L. Britain’s COVID-19 battle: The role of political leaders in shaping the responses to the pandemic. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 2023 Aug;25(3):517-534. Epub 2023 Mar 19. doi: 10.1177/13691481231159021
Thiers C, Kaarbo J, Beasley R. What an analysis of Sunak’s personality could mean for UK policy. 2022.
Thiers C. The psychology of war: Analysing Putin's motivations. 2022.
Thiers C, Wehner LE. The personality traits of populist leaders and their foreign policies: Hugo Chávez and Donald Trump. International Studies Quarterly. 2022 Mar 1;66(1):1-11. sqab083. Epub 2021 Oct 18. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqab083
Thiers C. One step forward, two steps back: The steering effects of operational code beliefs in the Chilean-Bolivian rivalry. In Schafer M, Walker SG, editors, Operational Code Analysis and Foreign Policy Roles: Crossing Simon’s Bridge. 1st ed. Routledge. 2021. p. 129-148. (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics).