Dr Marieke Riethof

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics Languages, Cultures and Film


Brazilian politics & foreign policy; international relations in Latin America

This research project examines Brazilian foreign policy through the lens of non-traditional foreign policy issues such as environmental and climate change policy, human rights, and democracy. The first paper for this project was published in the 2016 volume Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America, edited by Michela Coletta and Malayna Raftopoulos (London: ILAS, 2016). Another strand of this research project focuses on the human rights dimensions of climate change and renewable energy in Brazil, in particular on hydro-electric dams. My article "The International Human Rights Discourse as a Strategic Focus in Socio-Environmental Conflicts: The Case of Hydro-Electric Dams in Brazil" appeared in the International Journal of Human Rights and a second article - "Promoting Renewable Energy or Environmental Problems? Environmental Politics and Sustainability in Sino-Brazilian Relations" - appeared in the Journal of China and International Relations.

In May 2011, I appeared as an expert witness at the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into UK-Brazil relations. The full report and transcripts can be found on the House of Commons website. A short interview I gave about UK-Brazil relations can be found on World Politics Review.

Solidarity and Exile in Latin America: Experiences of forced migration and transnational solidarity activism

With an initial focus on Chile and the UK, my project examines the Chile Solidarity Campaign’s strategies to address the political situation and human rights violations in Chile under Pinochet. The project also focuses memory and memorialisation of exile and solidarity as well as on Chilean exiles, their migration trajectories and their role in the solidarity movement. This project will eventually roll out to other Latin American (particularly Brazil, Argentina and Central America) and European countries. The first event related to this project was the Solidarity in the 21st Century collaborative workshop co-organised with colleagues from Manchester and Lancaster in May 2014. I organized a panel on Chile solidarity and gave a presentation on strategies of the Chile solidarity movement with a particular focus on the labour movement.

Community-led approaches to reducing poverty: a review of international development evidence and practice

The aim of this project is to review international evidence on community-led approaches to poverty reduction to inform and influence anti-poverty policies in the UK

Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in collaboration with NatCen Social Research

Research Grants

Memories of Cultural Resistance: A Digital Archive of Chile’s Graphic Resistance to Dictatorship


January 2021 - August 2023

Research Collaborations

NatCen Social Research

Project: Community-led approaches to reducing poverty: A review of international development evidence and practice
External: NatCen Social Research

The purpose of this project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is to review evidence from international development of community-led poverty reduction approaches, which has the potential to provide a vital resource base that can change the lives of communities living in poverty in the UK today.