Since 2008 the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) has established itself as an important provider of research outputs and knowledge on Latin America, with expertise on relations between Latin America and Australia, and on Latin America’s role in the world. Located in the heart of Canberra on the ANU campus, ANCLAS has established links with the Latin American diplomatic community that are stronger than those of any other university in Australia. The Centre has forged strong partnerships with both federal and state government departments who work with Latin American countries as well as businesses who invest and trade in Latin America.

ANCLAS promotes and sponsors seminars, workshops and conferences related to Latin America, hosts visiting scholars from the region, offers grant and scholarship opportunities, and takes a leading role in coordinating the university’s outreach and engagement with a range of stakeholders across Latin America.

We aims to contribute to the expansion and deepening of Australian-Latin American and Asia Pacific relations through mutual engagement by

  • conducting world-class research capable of utilising and creating synergies among world leading experts in the fields of social and political sciences, the humanities, and economics, by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and generating collaborative research projects at home and abroad;
  • education and outreach programs that provide knowledge and analytical tools to inform decision-making for all parties involved; and
  • taking a leading role in mobilising resources from government agencies, Australian and Latin-American diplomatic missions, economic, academic, scientific and cultural stakeholders

Structure and membership

ANCLAS is a centre located with the Research School for Social Sciences (RSSS) within the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) at the ANU. It has a Director and Associate Director who have expertise in a field of study related to Latin America.

Affiliates of ANCLAS must have a clear and current affiliation with the ANU and a stated interest in Latin America. They may be ANU academic or general staff, postgraduate students or visiting fellows.

If you satisfy the criteria for ANCLAS affiliation and would like to become a member then please complete the APPLICATION FOR AFFILIATION form. If you would like to join the ANCLAS mailing list (alumni, friends of ANCLAS, and members of the public interested in Latin America are welcome) then please complete the FRIENDS OF ANCLAS form.

Updated:  22 April 2021/Responsible Officer:  Centre Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications