Ibero-American Socio-Economics Network Webinars

Early in the 21st century, the Covid-19 pandemic has marked the future of humanity. Current generations are facing a singular health challenge that has had widespread effects on the population’s various activities and conditions of existence. Although the origin of the problem is common—the SARS-Cov-2 virus—its impacts on different societies, nations, and regions of the planet are and will continue to be heterogeneous; likewise its effects on economies, social relationships, welfare, and rights in the short-, medium-, and long-term.

Ibero-American scholars in the field of socio-economics have joined together in the Ibero-American Socio-Economics Network to open a common space for reflection on and study of the effects, challenges, and lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic regarding our countries.

At the beginning of this century, the region of Latin America was continuing to insert itself into the international economy, largely through the export of commodities. But the Great Recession that began in 2008, and then the pandemic, interrupted and reduced growth rates. From a social perspective, it has not been possible in recent decades to reduce the massive poverty levels that affect a large part of the inhabitants of Latin America, nor to reduce the historical socio-economic inequality that has characterized it. From a political viewpoint, Latin America entered the 21st century following a period of expansion of democratic methods for electing its governments, although this did not generally translate to more governance or the consolidation of states and law. As such, democratic institutions in various Latin American countries now appear to be undergoing processes of deconstruction.

This webinar series, co-sponsored by the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, will be held on the first Thursday of each month. It will feature specialists from and in Latin America, who will speak on the structural characteristics of the economic processes that take place in the region, as well as with the social relations that end up shaping the quality of life, the exercise of rights and, ultimately, the well-being of Latin American societies.

The series seeks to promote an open, informed, and plural deliberation that will address topics such as: the economy, employment, and wages; effective access to health services; educational opportunities and inequalities; the gender gap and its new expressions in light of the pandemic; the response of the different governments to the pandemic, not only in terms of health but also regarding its economic and social effects; the environmental agenda and the preservation of the natural capital on which the ecosystems of the region depend.

For more details on the webinars, including registration links, click the panel titles below.

Please note that all webinars will take place in Spanish and/or Portuguese


May 6

Rolando Cordera, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Alicia Bárcenas, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Frederico Rocha, Universidade Federal de Río de Janeiro
José Antonio Ocampos, Columbia University

The Post-Covid Future of Latin America: Macro-Economic Views, Structural Asymmetries, and Productive Transformation

June 3

José Woldenberg, National Autonomous University of

Daniel Zovatto, IDEA-International, Santiago de Chile
Carina Perelli, International Expert on Governance, Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division
Carlos Malamud, Principal Researcher at the Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid

Governance and Democratic Quality in Latin American Societies