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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Ms Ana Carolina Aranda 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Ana Carolina Aranda is Postgraduate research student within Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton.

I hold a bachelor degree in Finance and MSc in Governance and Policy from the University of Southampton. I worked in Mexico as a junior consultant advising Mexican Government Ministries on various topics such as micro-financing systems, enterprise tax compliance costs, and development of a new population identification system, among other projects. All these projects have involved economic and social research on different areas within the Public Sector. I have worked for the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank and the BID. I worked with the OAS in the strategic planning of the Department of Electoral Observation (DECO) in 2013 to define the role of the organization in contributing to improve the electoral processes in Latin America. In 2012 I worked for a national Party’s presidential candidate in designing and developing a public opinion surveys. In 2010 I supervised a project for the World Bank to assess the cost in time and money for tax compliance in small enterprises in Mexico. After University, my professional activities focused on one hand on designing and assessing diverse public projects and programs, and on the other on managing research projects. These experience rose my interest in better understand the policymaking process in developing countries.

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Agenda Setting, Policies and Politics
  • Latin America Politics
  • The Comparative Agendas Project (
  • Policy and Innovation
  • Policy Dynamics
  • Agendas and Instability in Developing Countries

Current research

Under Will Jennings’ supervision, I joined the Department of Politics and International Relations team to study policymaking and agenda setting in Latin America over long periods of time and not solely under institutional, political or cultural transformations. I pursue to explain the stability and changes of policy agendas. This approach raises questions about how decision makers can cope with the large number of problems they face, and choose to address some issue rather others. In my research it will be interesting to analyse why some countries are able to implement stable policies over time, yet flexible enough to adapt to changing economic, political and social conditions while other struggle more with this process.

Supervisory team:

Dr. Will Jennings, Politics and International Relations (primary)
Dr. Pia Riggirozzi, Politics and International Relations
Dr. Nestor Castaneda, Politics and International Relations


CONACYT- Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Mexico)
VC Scholarship (University of Southampton)


Ms Ana Carolina Aranda
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