Department of Politics

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Mr Miguel Angel Lara Otaola

Post:Research student (Politics)
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Democracy practitioner and scholar with +8 years of progressive responsibility and a range of relevant skills and experiences in the field of elections and election support.


PhD in Politics. School of Law, Politics and Sociology. University of Sussex.

Research: "Election Results: When, where and under what conditions are they accepted? A global comparative study"



PhD in Politics. University of Sussex “When, where and under what conditions are electoral results accepted?: A global comparative study”

MSc in Comparative Politics. London School of Economics and Political Science. Merit.

Key modules: Comparative Politics, Comparative Democratisation and Democracy in Latin America/ Southeast Asia/East and South Asia. Dissertation: Legitimacy, contested elections, and democratic consolidation: The contrasting cases of Mexico and Peru.

MPA in Public Administration and Public Policy. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in partnership with the Kennedy School for Government of Harvard University. Grade: 97/100. Valedictorian. Summa Cum Laude.

B.A. in International Affairs. ITESM. Grade: 95/100 Summa Cum Laude.


2011-14 IFE. Federal Electoral Institute, Mexico. Senior Adviser (International Affairs) to the President Councillor.

International electoral cooperation / Election Observation / Electoral Research and Capacity Building / Electoral technical assistance

2010-11 AMIJ. Mexico Justice Association, Mexico. Adviser 

Programme Manager, Elections and Justice programme. Director and co-host "AMIJ punto de encuentro" TV Show.

2009-10 UNDP. United Nations Development Programme, Mexico. Junior Researcher. 

Support to the Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) / Management and implementation of political analysis project for strengthening Mexico's Electoral Tribunal.

2009 ODI. Overseas Development Institute, UK. Consultant 

Governance and aid effectiveness / Gender mainstreaming and social policy

2007-08 UNDP,  Mexico. Research Assistant.  

Development of a project for the creation of an International Programme for Electoral Research and Training / Democracy assistance and capacity building.

2006 IFE, Mexico. Adviser to the General Legal Director.  

Comparative research on political and electoral systems / Prospective political analysis 

2005  Procter & Gamble. Intern - Customer Business Development.

2003  IEDF. Federal District’s Electoral Institute, Mexico. Intern - Electronic Vote.  

Citizen engagement and new technologies (Electronic ballot)