VILLA is a cross-disciplinary institute aiming to formalise and encourage Victoria University’s expanding links with academics, diplomats and policy makers in Latin America.
VILLA was established in 2008, prompted by:
- Rapidly increasing research interest in Latin America a growing number of student exchange agreements with the region
- The blossoming of New Zealand-Latin American political, economic and cultural relationships in recent years
- A call from Latin American ambassadors for an entity in Wellington that addressed their educational and academic needs
The institute acts as a virtual node for interactions across all faculties at the University with counterparts and interested parties in New Zealand and Latin America. It is hoped particularly that these interactions will stimulate collaborative research, not only on topics relating to New Zealand-Latin American relations and in Latin American studies, but across all disciplines and programmes with an interest in working in the continent.
Meet the people behind VILLA both at Victoria Univesity and abroad.
Find out about upcoming events and seminars hosted by VILLA
Interested in collaborative research with counterparts in New Zealand or Latin America? Contact our Director, Warwick Murray for advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here, there and everywhere: whether you're a Kiwi wanting to see Latin America, a Latino keen on coming to New Zealand, or someone who's content (for now) to learn about Latin America right here in Wellington, we've got options for you!
Find links to businesses, government and educational institutions, and embassies with links to Latin America.
Mail: VILLA, SGEES, 1 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand
T: +64 (0)4 463 5029
F: +64 (04) 463 5186
Organises an annual international conference together with occasional
seminars and symposia to raise the profile of Victoria’s engagement with Latin
America, including presentations by Victoria VILLA associated staff outside of
Broadens and deepens networks within Victoria concerned with studies in, on and/or with Latin America and seeks to expand these networks beyond Victoria where appropriate.
Engages in and encourages research on, in and/or with Latin America through
the research associate network and beyond. Stimulates, encourages and
disseminates Latin American studies within the University. Produces PBRF linked
outputs based on this research and on the annual conference.
Encourages the recruitment of Latin American postgraduate and undergraduate
students, as well as other postgraduate students that wish to study in, on
and/or with Latin America. Informally assists interested students to find a
department/programme for their research.
Promotes the VicOE in Latin America
and helps maintain and potentially expand links with universities there.
Promotes the exchange of faculty between Victoria and Latin American
universities during sabbaticals and other such activities.
Applies for external funding in order to fulfil the broader objectives of
VILLA, and expands its research and networks in order to stimulate PBRF related
Liaises with the embassies of the Latin American countries and provides
support where appropriate for activities and functions which fulfil the goals of
Provides a link between Victoria and non-academic institutions (such as business fora, NGOs etc) that are concerned with issues in Latin America – especially where this stimulates research.