I am a journalist and writer based near Hay-on-Wye. For eight years I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am married to Emma and we have two young sons, Seth and Bo.
I am a freelance journalist specialising in the role of society in business and also in Latin American affairs. I write for a range of publications, and reguarly for The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/oliver-balch
I have written three non-fiction books, all published by Faber & Faber:
Viva South America! A Journey Around a Restless Continent (2009)
India Rising Tales from a Changing Nation (2012)
Under the Tump Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders (due 19th May 2016)
I am a Creative Associate at the Institute of Literature, Language & Creative Arts at Aberystwyth University, Wales.
I am currently doing a PhD in social anthropology at the Centre for Latin American Studies at Cambridge University. Previously I graduated from Durham University in 1998 with a First in History and I hold a Masters in Philosophy from Cambridge University.
I research and write reports for the World Bank and other international organisations.
I regularly chair round table discussions for The Guardian Professional Networks. I also chair events and panel discussions at the Hay Festival.