Lorena is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the International Student Mobility and World Development project.
Lorena holds a BA in English (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Mexico), a joint MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (University College London, UK and Universidad de Deusto, Spain), and a PhD in Education and International Development (University College London, UK).
Her doctoral research explored the role and meaning of literacy in the context of an Indigenous language education programme for adults in Mexico. In 2022, she received the Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from the Comparative and International Education Society.
Her work focuses on education and international development, particularly in Latin America, including issues of educational access and equity, critical pedagogy, lifelong learning, education for sustainable development, and the impact of international mobility on global development. She has extensive teaching experience across themes of education and globalisation, gender and international development, and qualitative research methods.