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José Manuel Leal is a Professor of International Relations at UNIVA-Mexico. His research focuses on Transnational Climate Change Governance, and the influence of foreign actors in local environmental politics, with a focus in Latin American cities; the contribution from the existing global economic system to the current environmental crisis, social systems innovation and policy transition; and the formulation of other possible solutions. He has collaborated in research projects with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from the United Nations, and the Latin American Union of Municipalities (UIM). His professional experience also includes the design and coordination of environmental cooperation projects, academic collaborations, developed during his time as International Cooperation Coordinator at the Foreign Affairs Office from the State of Jalisco, Mexico. International Organizations Coordinator at the University of Guadalajara; as well as General Coordinator of FIDALE, a Mexican-Spanish NGO.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Leal also holds a Master in International Economic Relations and Cooperation from the University of Guadalajara, as well as an Honor’s Bachelor in International Business from the University of the Atemajac Valley in México (UNIVA).

Selected publications

Leal, José Manuel & Paterson, Matthew (2023). Transnational city networks, global political economy, and climate governance: C40 in Mexico and Lima. Review of International Political Economy. Forthcoming

Leal, J. M. (2022). La economización de la gobernanza global climática: Lecciones desde los mercados de carbono. InterNaciones, Vol. 24.

Leal, José Manuel (2020). Global environmental politics in times of coronavirus. Lessons from a small city in the west part of Mexico. E-International Relations. ISSN 2053-8626

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