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Dr. Pascal Lupien is a political scientist and teaches in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at the University of Guelph. Lupien’s research interests revolve around civil society, political participation and democratic innovation, social development and human (in)security, and the factors that enhance or diminish the capacity of marginalized groups to influence politics. His work has been published in journals such as Democratization, Citizenship Studies and Political Science Quarterly. Lupien’s previous research examined the behaviour of Indigenous social movements in Bolivia and Ecuador, including the development of transnational alliances between Indigenous groups in the region and actors further afield. His forthcoming book, Citizens’ Power in Latin America: Theory and Practice, looks at how local communities in Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile use participatory democracy mechanisms to pursue collective social development goals. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, his current project considers the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on the capacity of Indigenous civil society groups to represent and pursue the interests of their constituents at the national and international levels. It focuses on current and potential uses of ICTs as well as the intersection of technology and the internationalization of Indigenous rights through mechanisms such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).


  • Lupien, P. 2018. Citizens’ Power in Latin America: Theory and Practice. State University of New York (SUNY) Press.
  • Lupien, P. 2017. “Technology, Indigenous Media and the New Power Dynamic in Bolivia”. The Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America. Edited by Burton Lee Atrz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lupien, P. 2017. “La comunicación como herramienta de poder” (Communication as a Tool of Power)”. La izquierda radical latinoamericana: Complejidades del poder político en el siglo 21. Edited by Steve Ellner. Caracas: Fundación Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos.
  • Lupien, P. 2016. “Radical” Participatory Democracy Institutions: Strengthening Civil Society or Mechanisms for Controlled Inclusion?”. Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society. Edited by G. Yovanovich and R. Rice. London: Routledge Press.
  • Lupien, P. 2015. “Ignorant Mobs or Rational Actors? Understanding Support for Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution”. Political Science Quarterly. 130 (2): 319-340.
  • Lupien, P. 2015. “Mechanisms for Popular Participation and Discursive Constructions of Citizenship”. Citizenship Studies.
    19 (3-4): 367-383.
  • Lupien, P. 2015. “¿Escuelas de democracia o agentes de socialización? Discursos transmitidos a través de los mecanismos participativos en Venezuela, Ecuador y Chile (Schools for Democracy or Agents of Socialization?)”. Espacio Abierto. 24 (1): 45-66.
  • Lupien, P. 2013. “The Media and Attacking the “Bad Left” From Below in Venezuela and Bolivia”. Latin American Perspectives. 40 (3): 226-246.
  • Lupien, P. 2011. “The Incorporation of Indigenous Concepts of Plurinationality into the New Constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia

    “. Democratization. 18 (3): 774-796.

  • Lupien, P. 2007. “Information and Research Needs of GLBT/Sexual Diversity Studies Students”. Canadian Journal of Information Science. 31 (2): 131-147.

Academic/Professional Awards

  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, “Indigenous Civil Society, Power and Information and Communication Technologies”, 2017-2019
  • Ontario Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • University of Guelph Alumni Research Travel Grant, 2012-2013

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