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Dr Valeria Guarneros-Meza

Job: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7038

E: valeria.guarneros@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/pol

 

Personal profile

Understanding changes in local governance have driven my research career to date. My interests have focused on the impact that structural economic changes and institutional socio-political reforms have on local governance. Democratic principles such as citizen participation, inclusion and accountability have also drawn my attention and, in particular, how these concepts and meanings affect the organisational structures of local government as well as the practices and behaviour of local government bureaucrats. I have been able to study these topics within the English and Welsh contexts and in Mexico and Latin America.

My research on England and Wales has analysed the capacity that local government has in promoting and maintaining a system of citizen participation in the delivery of services and the power relations that local government has experienced with higher tiers of government in order to deliver services.

My research on Mexico has analysed how urban governance has responded to structural changes experienced by the state in response to neoliberal economic policies and democratisation. These changes have shown how new organisational arrangements of service delivery have been created, whilst maintaining legacies of the former authoritarian regime.

Increasing levels of insecurity in Latin America, have more recently driven my research interests to focus on how democratic values and principles interweave with social contexts of crime and violence in the daily activities of residents and frontline officers in the delivery of public services.
 
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in these research areas.

 

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity  (http://www.dmu.ac.uk/cura)

Key research outputs

  • Guarneros-Meza V.; J. Downe and S. Martin (2017)
    Defining, achieving and evaluating collaborative outcomes: a theory of change
    approach, Public Management Review, [online publication October 2017 DOI:
    10.1080/14719037.2017.1383782]

 

  • Pill, M. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2017) Local governance under austerity: hybrid organizations and hybrid officers, Policy & Politics, [online publication March 2017 DOI: 10.1332/030557317X14895966143481]

 

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2017) Citizen security in Mexico: Examining municipal bureaucracy from the view of the intermediation-representation debate, in Zaremberg, G., V. Guarneros-Meza and A. Gurza Lavalle (eds), Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and roles beyond elections, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. and S. Martin (2016) Boundary Spanning in Local Service Partnerships: Coahces, Advocates or Enforcers? Public Managemet Review, 18(2).

  • Andrews, R, J. Downe and V. Guarneros-Meza (2015) 'Contracting for cohesion: Can local area agreements make a difference?, Policy & Politics, online July 2013.

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2014)  'The local bureaucrat in the making of urban power', Cities, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2014.07.004

  • Abello-Colak, A. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2014) ‘The role of criminal actors in local governance’, Urban Studies, 51(1), doi:10.1177/0042098013519831

  • Martin, S. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2013) 'Governing Local Partnerships: Does External Steering Help Local Agencies Address Wicked Problems?', Policy & Politics, 41(4).

  • Entwistle, T. J. Downe, V. Guarneros-Meza and S. Martin (2012) ‘The multi-level governance of Wales: layer cake or marble cake’ , British Journal of Politics and International Relations, online publication, ISSN 1467-856X.

  • Guarneros-Meza , V. J. Downe, T. Entwistle and S. Martin (2012) ‘ Putting the citizen at the centre: assembling local government policy in Wales’, Local Government Studies, online November 2012, ISSN 0300-3930.

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. and M. Geddes (2010) ‘Local governance and participation under neoliberalism: comparative perspectives, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 34(1).

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2009) ‘Mexican urban governance: how old and new institutions coexist and interact’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 33(2).

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2009) ‘Governance, parties and participation in Mexico’, in Lievesley, G. and S. Ludlam (eds.) Reclaiming ‘Our America’: Radical Social Democracy in Latin America, Zed Books, May 2009.

  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2008) ‘Local governance and democratisation: the cases of the historic centres of Querétaro and San Luis Potosí in Mexico’, Urban Studies, 45(10).

Research interests/expertise

  • Local politics (political economy, development, central-local relations)
  • Citizen participation (regeneration and neighbourhood management)
  • Governance (local level, networks, criminal)
  • Collaboration (organisational management and change)
  • Partnership (public-public and public-community bodies)
  • Latin America (Mexico)

Areas of teaching

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Urban politics
  • Governance

Qualifications

  • PhD (De Montfort University)
  • MSc (University of York)
  • BA (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico)

Courses taught

  • Globalisation and Democracy (POPP 3405)
  • Public Policy Making (POPP 3401)
  • Democratising Urban Spaces (POPP 5028)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Political Studies Association, UK
  • Latin American Studies Association, USA

Projects

Project Title: Conversing with Goliath? Participation, mobilisation and repression around neo-extractivist and environmental conflicts (March 2017-March 2020)

Abstract: Despite the normative framework promoting consultation of communities, violent conflicts have increased in Mexico during recent implementation of mineral, hydrocarbon and alternative energy projects. Alluding to the project’s title, it appears as if the metaphorical conversation between David (communities) and Goliath (private sector), has encountered obstacles in its implementation. Isolated

academic research prompts this project to systematise information regarding these conflicts in Mexico (national and subnational levels). Focus will be placed on: involved actors (communities, companies and governments), their relationships and repertoires of action, their type of demands, regulation and use of judicial strategies and the capacity of governmental intervention. A typology of governance frameworks in managing conflicts will be offered and causal arguments will be examined between the above mentioned factors and results impacting economic, human-rights, political and environmental spheres. This proposal is led by Dr Gisela Zaremberg, FLACSO Mexico.

Expected outputs:

The project aims to systematise  conflict through secondary sources and collection of primary quantitative and qualitative data

  • 1 database of conflicts across 32 Mexican states (newspaper and judiciary reviews)
  • 1 survey database
  • 1 qualitative database based on three case studies (in depth interviews and observation)
  • Action research with national and local practitioners with direct interest on neo-extractionist policies in Mexico and their impact on community participation and governmental capacity to respond to conflict

Forthcoming events

 

Key research outputs

  • Guarneros-Meza V.; J. Downe and S. Martin (2017)
    Defining, achieving and evaluating collaborative outcomes: a theory of change
    approach, Public Management Review, [online publication October 2017 DOI:
    10.1080/14719037.2017.1383782]
  • Pill, M. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2017) Local
    governance under austerity: hybrid organizations and hybrid officers, Policy
    & Politics, [online publication March 2017 DOI:
    10.1332/030557317X14895966143481]
  • Zaremberg, G. V. Guarneros-Meza and A. Gurza Lavalle (eds.) (2017) Intermediation and representation in Latin America:actors and roles before elections, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. and S. Martin (2016) Boundary Spanning in Local Service Partnerships: Coahces, Advocates or Enforcers? Public Managemet Review, 18(2).
  • Andrews, R, J. Downe and V. Guarneros-Meza (2015) 'Contracting for cohesion: Can local area agreements make a difference?, Policy & Politics, online July 2013.
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2014)  'The local bureaucrat in the making of urban power', Cities, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2014.07.004
  • Abello-Colak, A. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2014) ‘The role of criminal actors in local governance’, Urban Studies, 51(1), doi:10.1177/0042098013519831
  • Martin, S. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2013) 'Governing Local Partnerships: Does External Steering Help Local Agencies Address Wicked Problems?', Policy & Politics, 41(4).
  • Entwistle, T. J. Downe, V. Guarneros-Meza and S. Martin (2012) ‘The multi-level governance of Wales: layer cake or marble cake’ , British Journal of Politics and International Relations, online publication, ISSN 1467-856X
  • Guarneros-Meza , V. J. Downe, T. Entwistle and S. Martin (2012) ‘ Putting the citizen at the centre: assembling local government policy in Wales’, Local Government Studies, online November 2012, ISSN 0300-3930
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. and M. Geddes (2010) ‘Local governance and participation under neoliberalism: comparative perspectives, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 34(1).
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2009) ‘Mexican urban governance: how old and new institutions coexist and interact’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 33(2).
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2009) ‘Governance, parties and participation in Mexico’, in Lievesley, G. and S. Ludlam (eds.) Reclaiming ‘Our America’: Radical Social Democracy in Latin America, Zed Books, May 2009.
  • Guarneros-Meza, V. (2008) ‘Local governance and democratisation: the cases of the historic centres of Querétaro and San Luis Potosí in Mexico’, Urban Studies, 45(10).

Consultancy work

Current research students

I can offer PhD supervision on the following themes:

-Citizen participation and local governance
-Self-provision of local services and its impact on local government structures
-Local service provision across formal-informal and legal-illegal spheres of action
-Areas: Latin America, UK, other countries welcome subject to candidate’s experience

Ibrahim Has, full time student at De Montfort University, thesis 'Urban securitisation in Turkey', 2016-2019

Ruth Lorimer, full time student at De Montfort University, thesis 'Planetary Urbanism and Revoluntionary Citizenship, 2015-2017

Graham Martin, full time student at Cardiff University, thesis: ' Participatory Municipal Governance in Venezuela'. Viva passed with minor corrections, July 2015

 

Externally funded research grants information

  • Co-applicant for £78,223 studying participation, mobilisation and repression in neo-extractivist and environmental conflicts in Mexico (2017-2020), led by Dr. Gisela Zaremberg (FLACSO-Mexico), funded by British Academy-Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme.­
  • Co-applicant for £250,000 evaluating the impact of Local Service Boards-European Structural Funding (2012-14), led by Steve Martin (Cardiff University), funded Welsh Government.
  • ­Co-applicant for £150,000 studying links between social cohesion and public management; led by Rhys Andrews (Cardiff University);  partner in the research consortium project ‘COCOPS – Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future’ (2011-2014), funded European Framework Seven.
  • ­Project team member studying austerity governance in Spain and the UK (2013-2015); led by Ismael Blanco (Autonomous University of Barcelona); funded Spanish Research Council.

Internally funded research project information

Urban securitisation: a compartive analysis between the global North and South, Research and Innovation Funding, De Montfort Univeristy, 2015-2016.

Book Review: Zaremberg, G. V. Guarneros-Meza and A. Gurza Lavalle (eds.) (2017) Intermediation and representation in Latin America:actors and roles before elections, Palgrave Macmillan

Open access: Pill, M. and V. Guarneros-Meza (2017) Local governance under austerity: hybrid organizations and hybrid officers, Policy & Politics, [online publication March 2017 DOI: 10.1332/030557317X14895966143481]

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