Pascal Lupien is a political scientist and teaches social science and methods courses in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at the University of Guelph. Lupien’s primary research interests revolve around civil society, political participation and democratic innovation, social development and human (in)security, and the factors that enhance or diminish the capacity of marginalized groups to influence politics. Lupien’s previous research examined the impact of indigenous social movements on integrating indigenous rights into the constitutional reform process in Bolivia and Ecuador. His research has been published in journals such as Democratization, Citizenship Studies and Political Science Quarterly. His forthcoming book, Citizens’ Power in Latin America: Theory and Practice, looks at how local communities in Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile use participatory democracy mechanisms to pursue collective social development goals. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, his current project considers the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on the capacity of indigenous civil society groups to represent and pursue the interests of their constituents and how indigenous organizations can most effectively use ICTs to advance the social and economic development goals of their communities.
Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile
Keywords: Comparative Politics, Democratic Engagement, Citizen Participation, Social Policy, Social Movements and Activism, Indigenous peoples’ politics, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)