Dr Ana Gabriela Sanchez Santana

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Biography

Ana has a Phd in Politics from The University of Manchester, a Master's degree in Economics and Public Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, both from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. 

She is a public affairs professional with 10 years of experience in research, consultancy, and public relations. She has analysed, proposed, and lobbied relevant public policies and best practices to a wide variety of audiences. For example, she has worked in projects with the Executive Office of the Mexican President, UN Women, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and Women’s World Banking in New York, to name a few.

Her research experience has focused on cross-cutting public policies, public administration, lobbying, regulation, evaluation, and accountability. She has co-authored and published peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and magazine articles in Mexico, United States, Chile, and Luxembourg.

Ana completed her PhD in Politics with the thesis "Understanding contemporary networked governance and regulatory capacity in Mexico: A study of oversight bodies in the process of regulation". The thesis claims that oversight bodies are crucial means to analyse regulatory governance, and the challenges that emerge from coordinating public and private networks from different policy sectors. Regulation is highly relational and its implementation has to recognize the networked nature of stakeholders along with their differences. Failure to introduce a variegated approach to regulation in the context of different policy sectors, that command contrasting sets of resources, expertise, and level of influence, leads to sub-optimal policy outcomes. To explore the nature of the regulatory stakeholders, the research draws on a qualitative research methodology, particularly in elite interviews, to tease out the dynamics underpinning the power relations involved. The thesis contributes to the existing literature on regulation by promoting the role of oversight bodies and regulatory improvement as key concepts that contribute to explain the intricacies of the process of regulation, particularly in its implementation. Both concepts have been understudied, yet the delivery of regulation occurs within their respective frameworks. The thesis also contests traditional approaches in the studies of regulation, and highlights the risks of not adopting a cross-cutting perspective in its analysis and implementation.

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