Johanna Amaya-Panche

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Johanna Amaya-Panche


Ask me about
  • Conflict, Reconciliation and Peace-building
  • Foreign Aid and International Relations
  • Latin American Studies and Multiculturalism
  • Transitions to democracy and transitional justice


Johanna holds a BSc degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Master of Research in Latin American Studies at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She is a PhD Candidate in Government at the University of Essex. Before starting her PhD program, she was an associate professor at various institutions in Colombia and the United Kingdom. She was also the director of the Masters program in International Relations at Universidad Nueva Granada in Colombia. Additionally, Johanna was a Principal Investigator on peacebuilding, transitional justice, reconciliation and foreign aid projects in Colombia and Latin America. She has experience working as a consultant for Foreign Aid Agencies and as an analyst in communication on Latin American affairs. Her main interests are peacebuilding, reconciliation, transitional justice in a multicultural context and grassroots communities such as indigenous and peasants, Latin American Studies, foreign policy, mixed methods and International Relations. Teaching: CS217 Contemporary Challenges in Latin America - Autumn 2022 GV211 Violent Non-State Actors: Violence, Crime and Conflict- GTA- Spring 2020 GV214 International Relations: Theories and Approaches - Spring 2021 CS141 Introduction to Contemporary Latin America- Term Teacher- Spring 2020 CS143 Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean: History, Politics, Culture- Autumn-2019-2020 GV214 International Relations: Theories and Approaches Autumn-2019-2020 CS261: Crisis of the American Idea. Spring 2020


  • Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations (Honorific) Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2005)

  • Master of Research in Latin American Studies Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2012)

  • PhD Candidate University of Essex (2019)

Research and professional activities


Can foreign aid foster reconciliation? Evidence from Colombia

Supervisor: Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch , Brian Phillips

Research interests

Peacebuilding Reconciliation and Transitional Justice

Latin American, Multiculturalism and Foreign Policy

Foreign aid and International Relations

+44 (0) 1206 872192


6.139, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Research Officer, Fixed Term Teacher, Assistant Lecturer