Talia Vela-Eiden is lecturer in the Master of Empowerment Studies (MES) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. Previously, she taught at the joint Double Degree Master in Development of the Hochschule Düsseldorf and the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana, and at the Bachelor and Diplom levels. She also supervises MA theses at the Faculty.
Talia holds a Dr.phil. in Political Science from the University of Bonn and a MA in Politics of Development from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) now part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Previously, she studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and is a qualified barrister and solicitor in Perú.
Her research interest concerns theories of development, participatory approaches, including empowerment strategies and resolution of conflicts for communities affected by conflicts caused by extractive industries, and last, but not least, alternatives to development. In particular, she focuses on community development from alternative perspectives, working as a consultant with civil society organizations and government bodies around the world.
She is a member of the Law and Development Research Network, the Informationsstelle Peru, the Kampagne "Bergwerk Peru - Reichtum geht, Armut bleibt" and the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Lima (Lima Bar Association). Since 2021 she is also a member of the Consultative Council of EDERA PUCP for a two-year period.