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Daniela Bressa Florentin

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Social and Policy Studies, University of Bath

My doctoral research explores the dynamic of social-political transformation in Latin America by analysing in particular the complexities of the Ecuadorian political process. It focuses on the understanding of the production of counter-hegemonic actions in the context of the relationship between social movements and the state.

The empirical focus is placed on Buen Vivir (the good life), analysing in particular three key dimensions: the socio-political meanings underpinning the concept; the competing and contradictory narratives within the dominant discourse; and the tension between Buen Vivir as a grassroots, indigenous discourse, on the one hand, and its adoption as state discourse and policy in Ecuador, on the other.


  • 2011–2016
    Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath