Professor Diez's research interests comprise several areas. The first one relates to environmental politics and policy in Latin America. He has carried out research on the process of environmental policymaking in Mexico, with a particular focus on forestry policy implementation in the Lacandone r...
Professor Diez's research interests comprise several areas. The first one relates to environmental politics and policy in Latin America. He has carried out research on the process of environmental policymaking in Mexico, with a particular focus on forestry policy implementation in the Lacandone rainforest in the south-eastern state of Chiapas.
Professor Diez has also written on the relationship between globalization and environmental degradation in developing countries. In collaboration with Professor O.P. Dwivedi, he has assembled an edited collection on the effects of growing economic and social integration on the natural environments of eleven countries of the Global South. This study has been published by Broadview Press / The University of Toronto Press.
His third area of interest is in security and defence. Within this area, he has studied legislative oversight of the armed forces in Mexico within the broader context of changing civil-military relations, as well as security relations in North America with particular attention to the so-called 'North American security perimeter.'
The fourth area of research looks at the politics of gay and lesbian rights in Latin America. He is currently working on a comparative research programme, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), on the expansion of gay and lesbian rights in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. The main research question guiding this programme of research relates to the factors that account for the variance in the expansion of these rights in Latin America.
The fifth area looks at public policy making in Latin America. His colleague Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary) and I are currently working on a project, also funded by SSHRC, on a discussion on the extent to which concepts and theories designed to study public policy in the Global North are applicable to the study of policymaking in Latin America given its historical, cultural and political realities. This project, entitled Comparative Public Policy in Latin America, is being carried out in collaboration with experts on the field from across the Americas and Europe and its results will be published by The University of Toronto Press.