‘Tourism, sustainability and the economics of Latin America and the Caribbean’

‘Tourism, sustainability and the economics of Latin America and the Caribbean’

Friday, 12 February 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford
Dr Isabel Ruiz
Edward Paine (LATA Foundation)
Dr David Howard
Eduardo Posada-Carbo
Latin American Main Seminar

Round table discussion.


Isabel Ruiz is the Official Fellow in Economics at Harris Manchester College and a research associate at COMPAS, University of Oxford. She is the co-editor of Hispanic Economic Issues a bi-annual publication by the American Society of Hispanic Economists. She has published on topics related to migration (forced migration), international capital flows (foreign direct investment and workers' remittances) and in the role of crime and institutions in Latin America (i.e. Mexico and Colombia). Some of her recent publications include “The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration” in the American Economic Review (2015); “Remittances and the Business Cycle: A Reliable Relationship?” in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2014) and “The Impact of Crime and Insecurity on Trust in Democracy and Institutions” in the American Economic Review (2013).


Edward Paine founded specialist Latin America tour operator Last Frontiers in 1991. Educated at Marlborough College and with a degree from Oxford, his subsequent career took him to Latin America, where he worked for nearly 10 years with the Vestey Group (then Union International plc) as a farm manager in both Venezuela and Brazil.   He has been an active member of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) since 1994, when he was appointed Chairman, a post he held for 10 years.   In 2007 LATA set up the LATA Foundation (http://www.latafoundation.org), dedicated to sustainable development, conservation and poverty relief in Latin America. A registered charity, it also seeks to promote responsible business practices in the tourism industry.  In 2010 he was inducted into the LATA Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the Association and of travel and tourism to Latin America in general. Edward has visited all the Latin American countries except Suriname and French Guiana, and is a passionate advocate of the region. When not riding across the Andes, planning an itinerary, or searching for new hotels and lodges in remote locations, he plays principal trumpet for the Trinity Camerata.


David Howard is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, following postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, the City University of New York and the University of Melbourne. Outwith the University, he is a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Panel at the British Academy and a CNRS Associate at the Centre Afriques dans le Monde, Sciences Po Bordeaux. David has researched a number of areas relating to the contemporary Caribbean and Latin America, with a specific focus on urban neighbourhoods, migration, socially sustainable development, and basic service provision and housing.