Our mission is to create a vivid and inspiring space for transnational knowledge production and circulation by fostering more symmetric cooperation between institutions and researchers from different disciplines, countries and career paths.
Mecila adheres to the following commitments and measures:
by promoting more symmetric knowledge politics and practices between our European and Latin American partners;
by fostering the production and diffusion of knowledge within Latin America and the Caribbean as well as between Latin American and Caribbean countries and other regions.
by applying intersectional criteria in the evaluation of academic quality;
by supporting family and special needs of Mecila researchers;
by creating mechanisms that foster self-reflective research practices.
by creating forms of dialogue with social movements, political activists and local communities in connection with the research issues raised by the Centre;
by diversifying our knowledge practices through artistic and media production and diffusion in connection with the research issues raised by the Centre.
by guaranteeing doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and providing the necessary venues and mechanisms for the development and dissemination of their research.
by selecting promising and well-established scholars that demonstrate research excellence and capacity for interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship.
by publishing on our website information about our funding sources, selection criteria, governance structure, procedures, among others, according to current regulations.
by defining a specific organisational concept which regulates the sustainable storage of research data and compliance with recognised standards and implementing a best-practice culture of research data management within the research community at Mecila as an integral part of the research process.
by encouraging critical scholarship concerned with questions of equality, justice and emancipation;
by engaging in the socially relevant diffusion of knowledge through participation in political debate including policy briefings and media contributions.
by publicly denouncing practices that may compromise this fundamental right by and supporting efforts to the protect this right.
by providing free access to the members’ ongoing research through the publication of “working papers” on our website.
by creating an ethics committee to monitor the application of international and national standards of fair science in order to prevent, receive, mediate and submit cases of violation of intellectual property rights, plagiarism, epistemic violence, discrimination, gender bias, moral and sexual harassment, abuse and misuse of power, etc.
by prioritising recycling, waste reduction and fair trade, and organic products in all our activities;
through virtual meetings, digital information infrastructure;
by preferring low carbon emitting means of transport.