School of Social and Political Science

Ivar Vargas Rivas

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Ivar Vargas Rivas

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Insights Programme Facilitator, University of Edinburgh (February, June 2021).

During the Insights Online Weeks in February and June 2021 I delivered a workshop on 'Asking Good Questions' developed by Dr Lani Watson. I was also responsible for supporting two groups of undergraduate students through the entire week each time by facilitating discussions and helping them develop their ideas for their group projects (a 'digital artefact' for a time capsule reflecting about today's world of work). I was also in charge of reviewing their projects, as well as of preparing and providing feedback to each group.

Bilateral Affairs Officer and International Cooperation Coordinator, International Relations Department, Chile's Ministry of Energy (September 2015 - August 2019)

I was responsible for advancing the process of energy integration and cross-border power interconnections between Chile and neighbouring countries, particularly involved in the negotiation of several Additional Protocols (No 2830 and 31) to the Economic Complementation Agreement No 16 between the Republics of Chile and Argentina.

In that role, I was also in charge of attracting international funds of technical cooperation from Multilateral Development Banks (IADB, CAF, etc.) to support Chile's Sustainable Energy Programme and Chile's Energy Agenda, as well as energy integration studies with Argentina and Peru. In parallel, I was involved in the negotiations and implementation of the German-Chilean Energy Partnership along with the German BMWi.

Multilateral Projects Coordinator, International Cooperation Programme, Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (October 2011 - May 2014)

I was in charge of implementing several international projects of scientific and technological cooperation between Chile and the EU financed by the FP7 (CHIEP-II, ENSOCIO-LA and CEST+I).


  • PhD Politics (full-time), University of Edinburgh, UK | 2019 - present.
  • Edinburgh Social Science Methods Certificate (Ethnography & Narrative Analysis), University of Edinburgh, UK | 2020 - 2021.
  • Master of International Relations, University of Melbourne, Australia (First Class Honours) | 2014 - 2015.
  • Bachelor of Political and Administrative Sciences and Major in Political Science, University of Concepción, Chile (Highest Distinction) | 2006 - 2011. 

Funding and Awards

  • PhD Research Support Fund, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (Fieldwork) | May 2021.
  • International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), "U.S. Energy Policy - Security, Independence, and Innovation", U.S. Department of State | June 2019.
  • Scholarship for PhD Studies Abroad (Becas Chile), Conicyt, Grant No 72200258 | June 2019.
  • Scholarship for Master's Degree Studies Abroad (Becas Chile), Conicyt, Grant No 73140416 | June 2013.
  • Excellence Scholarship, University of Concepción, Chile | March 2011.


Presentation: Chile and the Debate on Autonomous Weapons

Technology and Global Governance Virtual Forum, The University of Warwick, UK | 31 July 2020, <​>

Poster: The international debate on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: 'Reality Appropriation' and 'Technological Necessity'

Critical Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence Ethics Conference (CPAIE20), The University of Edinburgh, UK | 22-23 October 2020, <>  

Co-organiser: International Seminar Integration of renewable energies and regional interconnections in South America

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago, Chile | 5-6 September 2018, <>

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Research interests

international security, artificial intelligence and robotics, the laws of war, lethal autonomous weapons systems, Pierre Bourdieu's field theory, ontological security theory, Chile, international relations, AI ethics, disarmament, ethnography, narrative analysis.