Dr Marieke Riethof

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics Modern Languages and Cultures


Personal Statement

I was educated at the Universities of Amsterdam, Sussex and St. Antony's College, Oxford. I completed my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on Latin American Politics. Before coming to Liverpool, I was a lecturer in international political economy at the University of Warwick and a lecturer in international relations at the University of Amsterdam. My research has focused on political strategies of the labour movement in Brazil, including the Latin American regional context.

My latest book is entitled Labour Mobilization, Politics and Globalization in Brazil: Between Militancy and Moderation. My new research focuses on Brazilian foreign policy in the context of international relations in Latin America. The project examines traditional as well as non-traditional areas of foreign policy, including environmental politics, climate change, democracy and human rights. Another project examines the role of transnational solidarity movements and exile in the opposition to military dictatorship in Chile.

An overview of my publications can be found here.

My articles and interviews on Brazilian and Latin American politics have appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Business News Radio (the Netherlands), and in the Independent, Newsweek, Daily Mail online, the Conversation, Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, International Peace Institute/Global Observatory, Latin American Science.org, World Weekly, Brasil Observer, Brasil 247, Diário do Centro do Mundo (Brazil).

I welcome high-quality applications for PhD research in the following areas: foreign policy and international relations, human rights, transitional justice, environmental politics, social movements and transnational solidarity. I have supervised PhD projects on topics across Latin America but particularly welcome projects focusing on Brazil and the Southern Cone.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Personal Distinctions

  • Seminar: "Does international solidarity with Latin America work?" (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London 2017)
  • Roundtable: The Turn to the Right: Global and Historical Perspectives (Invitation to Speak, University of Edinburgh, Global and Transnational Research Group 2017)
  • Trends in Latin American education and research in the UK and Europe (Invitation to Speak, Chonbuk National University, Korea 2017)
  • The contradictions of developmentalism in Brazil: Social, labour and environmental dimensions (Invitation to Speak, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico 2016)
  • Human rights and environmental politics in Brazil (Invitation to Speak, University of York 2015)
  • Contesting Developmentalism: Human Rights and Socio-Environmental Protests in Brazil (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Latin American Studies, London 2015)
  • The Intersections between Climate Change and Human Rights in Brazil (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Latin American Studies, London 2015)
  • Brazilian leadership in UNASUR: Political and security implications (Invitation to Speak, Senate House, University of London 2014)
  • Citizenship and Left-Wing Politics in Latin America: the Case of Brazil (Invitation to Speak, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal 2011)
  • The Role of Environmental Politics in Brazilian Foreign Policy (Invitation to Speak, Hankuk University, Seoul 2011)

Administrative Roles

  • Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research (2017 onwards)
  • Institutional Pathway Lead - ESRC Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (Language-Based Area Studies), 2013 onwards.
  • Member of the University Committee on Research Ethics (2014 onwards)
  • My past roles include Head of Iberian and Latin American Studies (2013-2016); lead organiser, annual conference Society for Latin American Studies 2016, Liverpool; departmental research seminars coordinator (2015-16).

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