Dr. Díez's research interests comprise of several areas. The first relates to environmental politics and policy in Latin America. Díez has researced the process of environmental policymaking in Mexico, with a particular focus on forestry policy implementation in the Lacandone rainforest in the so...
Dr. Díez's research interests comprise of several areas. The first relates to environmental politics and policy in Latin America. Díez has researced 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.
Díez has also written on the relationship between globalization and environmental degradation in developing countries. In collaboration with Dr. O.P. Dwivedi, he 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 was published by Broadview Press/The University of Toronto Press.
Díez's 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 Díez's research looks at the politics of gay and lesbian rights in Latin America. He is currently working on a comparative research program, 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 research relates to the factors that account for the variance in the expansion of these rights in Latin America.
Díez's fifth research area looks at public policy making in Latin America. With Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary), he is working on a project, also funded by SSHRC, on a discussion about 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 in collaboration with experts from across the Americas and Europe. Its results will be published by The University of Toronto Press.