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The Institute of Management in Latin America (GIMLA), affiliated with the University of St. Gallen, is dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of Latin America through a comprehensive research agenda. GIMLA's research initiatives are carefully designed to reflect the region's dynamic socio-economic, political, and cultural landscapes. Here, we explore the specific research topics that GIMLA is developing passionately, illustrating how researchers and faculty can contribute to and benefit from these endeavours. GIMLA provides a supportive and collaborative environment for researchers and faculty keen on developing a nuanced understanding of Latin America across these pivotal areas. By engaging with GIMLA's research topics, scholars can contribute to meaningful discussions, influence policy, and foster a deeper appreciation of the region's complexities and opportunities. GIMLA champions academic inquiry and facilitates the practical application of research findings, bridging the gap between scholarly research and real-world impact.

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We explore the multifaceted Latin American development and integration aspects, focusing on how regional economies can achieve sustainable growth. This includes examining trade policies, economic reforms, and the role of regional blocs like Mercosur in fostering economic integration. Researchers have the opportunity to analyse the impact of globalisation on Latin American economies and propose strategies to enhance resilience and inclusivity.

Addressing social vulnerability forms the core focus of GIMLA's research. The institute delves into the root causes of vulnerability across income, education, and healthcare, offering insights into the policies needed to mitigate these risks. Research encompasses evaluating social programs, understanding public and private sector roles in reducing poverty, and analysing socio-political dynamics in policy formulation and implementation.

Latin America's rich biodiversity and natural resources present both opportunities and challenges. GIMLA's research on environmental sustainability and resource management investigates sustainable practices, conservation policies, and the socio-economic implications of resource exploitation. Researchers can contribute to studies on the Amazon rainforest, Andean ecosystems, and sustainable urban development, providing valuable recommendations for balancing economic growth and innovation with environmental conservation within the bioeconomy framework.

GIMLA examines the evolving landscape of political governance in Latin America, focusing on democracy, corruption, human rights, and civil society's role. This research topic invites scholars to investigate the effectiveness of governance structures, the impact of political instability on economic and social development, and how civil society can influence policy and promote democratic values.

GIMLA recognises the region's potential for technological advancement and innovation. We investigate how digital transformation and entrepreneurship can drive economic growth. Research topics include the startup ecosystem in Latin America, the role of innovation in addressing social challenges, and the impact of technology on traditional industries. This area offers fertile ground for exploring how Latin American countries can leverage technology and innovation to compete in the global market.

GIMLA's interest in cultural studies highlights the importance of preserving and understanding Latin America's rich heritage and identity. Research can explore indigenous cultures, colonial heritage, contemporary political expressions, and their impact on social cohesion and regional identity.