Logo for Research Group in Spanish and Latin American Studies (ESAL).

The Research Group in Spanish and Latin American Studies (ESAL) was founded at Edge Hill University in October 2021 by Katia Adimora under the sponsorship of the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR).

ESAL aim is to develop, enhance, and disseminate the research in all areas of Hispanic Studies, including but not limited to Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature, language and linguistics, culture/society, politics, history, and arts.

The Research Group and its researchers comply with Edge Hill University’ s Research Strategy 2021-2025 and Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research (RO-GOV-01) to carry out the research of excellence, integrity, cooperation, and respect.

ESAL organises online and hybrid events to reach the global audience.


Upcoming events:

9 May 2023: UK Chile Trade Agreement & Relationship

Register online

Attendees will receive the online link to the event one day before the lecture.

Chile and the UK have enjoyed a longstanding history of diplomacy and economic ties founded on the pillars of democracy and human rights, the development of commerce and trade, international cooperation and cultural linkages. Chile Is the UK’s 60th largest export market and the UK is one of the leading foreign investor countries in Chile. Over the past two decades relations between the UK and Chile have grown in strength with total trade in goods and services between both countries reaching £1.6 billion towards the end of Q3 2022, an increase of 15.2% or £217 million from the previous year.  

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the UK and the Republic of Chile signed a new Trade Agreement On 1st January 2021 to replace the EU-Chile Agreement, facilitate trade continuity and consolidate the solid relationship between both countries. The new bilateral agreement between The UK and Chile will form the starting point for future trade agreements thus helping to strengthen existing ties with Latin America.

The purpose of this presentation will be:

  • To explore economic relations between Chile and the UK
  • To examine the nature of the new UK-Chile Association Agreement;
  • To explore opportunities between Chile & UK following the UK’s departure from the EU;
  • To discuss the benefits of the bilateral trade association between the two countries
  • To highlight any barriers to trade and investment or areas for improvement.


A headshot of Irma Mejia.

Irma Mejia is a Spanish Lecturer and Interpreter from Chile and director of Viva Foundation a Latin American Cultural Organisation based in the North West. She holds a BA Hons degree in Latin American Studies; a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages; a Masters in Economics & Management of Rural Development from Manchester University where she also completed one year of PhD research in Spanish Studies.

  • 2006- 2021  MFL Spanish Teacher, A LEVEL, IGCSE, KS3
  • 2001- 2020;  Spanish Interpreter, UK Immigration & Asylum, Home Office/ UKBA
  • 2021 Director Viva Foundation Community Association
  • 2014 Sustainability Programme Officer, Blue Water Society
  • 2012 Education Project Manager, Rights & Humanity Liverpool

Past events:

12 October 2021: Inauguration

  • “Paraguay –past, present and future” (His Excellency Ambassador of Paraguay: Genaro V. Pappalardo)
  • “Beyond Spanish and English: Documenting the Pearl Lagoon Basin Miskitu language” (Prof Anthony Grant – Edge Hill University)
  • “Five hundred years of colonialism in Latin America” (Dr Joaquín Cortés – Edge Hill University)

23 March 2022: Flamenco

  • “Te perdí ya, barrio mío”: urban displacement, nostalgia, and flamenco dance in Seville (Carlos van Tongeren – University of Manchester)
  • “Claros del Bosque” (Ashley Bragg, Esmee Collins-Murphy, Shelley Edwards, Amy Hill, Charlotte King, Talisha Peach, Laura Stevens, Emilia Swannack, and Michelle Man – Edge Hill University)

30 August 2022

‘Socio-political and economic prospects of Latin America’ (diplomat Bernardo Méndez-Lugo)


  • Dr Joaquín Cortés
  • Michelle Man
  • Morella Vargas
  • Prof Anthony Grant
  • Dr Alícia Moreno
  • Dr Anna Clayfield
  • Bernardo Méndez-Lugo

To become a member (for free), please contact Katia Adimora.