Founded in 2009 the Latin American Research Cluster (LARC) brings together academics and scholars from various disciplines with specialised interest in Latin America. It is a thriving group that meets regularly and discusses latest developments in Latin America from an interdisciplinary perspective.

It acts as a meeting point and discussion forum on all things Latin America. In recent years, LARC has been a host to many academics and students from Latin America and the Caribbean region. It organises regular workshops, seminars and conferences. The focus of the group in recent years has been to critically engage with models and discourses surrounding, modernisation, religion, social movements, literature and culture, development, and conflict in the region.

As an academic body LARC liaises with students specialising on the region. It also acts as a bridge between various external institutions and funding bodies.

Together with Liverpool and Manchester, LARC is one of the centres of research on Latin America in North-West England. Latin Americanists at all three institutions collaborate on the postgraduate level through established schemes like the AHRC and ESRC funded doctoral training centres in the North-West, and in the area of research through collaborative events and projects.