School of Social and Political Science

Ivar Vargas Rivas

Job Title

PhD Student

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Ivar Vargas Rivas

Building (Address)

27-28 George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

United Kingdom

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Supervisors

Profile

I am a PhD Candidate in Politics in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. I hold a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia (First Class Honours, 2015) and a Bachelor of Political and Administrative Sciences, Major in Political Science from the University of Concepción, Chile (Highest Distinction, 2011).

Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked for seven years in the Chilean civil service at the intersection of politics, international cooperation and technology, at both the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research and the Ministry of Energy.

In my PhD, I am conducting an ethnography of the United Nations-based debate on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) with a focus on its major tensions as well as on the international and domestic factors affecting the official position of a middle power diplomacy actively contributing to the discussions: Chile.

Experience

Tutor, Research Design in Politics and International Relations (PLIT10106), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK (September 2021 - )

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

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

Multilateral Projects Coordinator, International Cooperation Programme, Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (July 2013 - May 2014)

Bilateral Projects Executive, European Union Liaison Office, Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (January 2012 - June 2013)

Energy Programme Assistant, International Cooperation Programme, Chile's National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (October 2011 - December 2011)

Education

PhD Politics (full-time), University of Edinburgh, UK | 2019 - present

Edinburgh Social Science Methods Certificate (Ethnography & Narrative Analysis), School of Social and Political Science's Research Training Centre, 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 2020/2021, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK (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

Conferences

Presentation: Chile and the Debate on Autonomous Weapons

Technology and Global Governance Virtual Forum, The University of Warwick, UK | 31 July 2020, <https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/centres/globe/rigg-net/events/technology-global-governance-virtual-forum/​>

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, <https://www.criticalperspectives-aies.com/>  

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, <http://conferencias.cepal.org/energias_renovables2018/index.htm>

Research interests

Research interests

International Security, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, the Laws of War, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), Pierre Bourdieu's Field Theory, Ontological Security Theory, Chile, International Relations, AI Ethics, Disarmament, Ethnography, Narrative Analysis