Professor Fiona Wilson’s research has ben focused on understanding dynamics of provincial societies, seen in relation to the state and global relations. Earlier work explored changing economies (‘clandestine’ clothing workshops in Mexico and migration).
Recent work has focused on political violence in Andean Peru and social/political position of new professionals (school teachers) in challenging and reinforcing discrimination rooted in ‘race’. This research continues, by focusing on authority, citizenship, networking and ‘doing politics’ in the context of decentralization policy.
Current research project
Democratising Latin America? A study of social networks and participatory politics in Peru (funded by the Danish Socal Science Research Council, 2006-2009)
Development processes over the long run, especially in Latin America; State-formation, nationalism, political culture and citizenship; Social/political movements, inequality, conflict; Critical perspectives on development aid models and practice.