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Dr Felipe Antunes de Oliveira, BA History (UFRJ), MA Diplomacy (IRBr), PhD International Relations (Sussex)


Lecturer in Development/Global Governance

Room Number: Arts One, 2.30B
Office Hours: Thursdays 2pm-3pm (F2F) & Fridays 2pm-3pm (F2F)


Felipe Antunes de Oliveira will join SPIR in January 2021 as Lecturer in International Development and Global Governance. His research sits at the intersection between Latin American Political Economy, Global Economic Governance, and International Relations Theory. He is particularly interested in Global South perspectives on political economy. His work strives to renew dependency theory, in dialogue with other contemporary historical materialist perspectives.

Felipe’s professional experience includes high-level international policy practice in government and international organizations, as well as teaching and research. As a career diplomat, he worked at the Department of South American Politics of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (2012-2014). He also acted as advisor to Brazilian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (2019-2020). Before joining SPIR, he lectured at Sussex University (2017-2018).

He is currently working on a book on theoretical and political alternatives to neoliberalism and neodevelopmentalism in Latin America.


Research Interests:

  • Latin American Political Economy
  • History of Economic Ideas in the
  • Global South Global Economic Governance
  • Development Studies
  • International Relations Theory

Examples of research funding:

Sussex Research Hive Scholarship (2016-2017)


Peer-reviewed research articles:

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2021). ‘Degenerate dependency theory and the forgotten roots of neodevelopmentalism.’ Latin American Perspectives. (forthcoming)

Antunes de Oliveira. F. (2020) ‘Of economic whips and political necessities – A contribution to the political economy of uneven and combined development.’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs. (forthcoming)

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2019). ‘The rise of the Latin American far-right explained: dependency theory meets uneven and combined development.’ Globalizations, 16(7), pp. 1145-1164. DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2019.1567977 2

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2019). ‘Development for whom? Beyond the developed/underdeveloped dichotomy.’ Online first. Journal of International Relations and Development, pp. 1-23. DOI:10.1057/s41268-019-00173-9

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2014). ‘O problema da multiplicidade política para o materialismo histórico: as análises dos sistemas-mundo e o desenvolvimento desigual e combinado.’ Textos de Economia, 17(2), pp.107-127. (In Portuguese)

Book chapters and Working papers:

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2021). ‘Who are the Superexploited? – Dependency, Gender and Race’ in Global Capitalism in Latin America and Europe: from situations to mechanisms of dependency. Edited by Madariaga, A. and Palestini, S. Palgrave MacMillian (forthcoming).

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2018). ‘The ebbing of the Pink Tide or permanent underdevelopment? Dependency theory meets uneven and combined development.’ SUSSEX / CGPE Working Paper Series, n.14.

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2017). ‘Política Externa e Desenvolvimento – Que horas o desenvolvimento chega?’ in Novos olhares sobre a política externa brasileira. Edited by Westmann, G. Editora Contexto, pp.19-35. (In Portuguese)

Book reviews:

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2020) ‘Democracy in the prison of political science.’ Online First. International Political Science Review. DOI: 0192512120932435.

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2020). Whitener, Brian (2019) Crisis Cultures: The Rise of Finance in Mexico and Brazil, University of Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania, PA). Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39(3), 416-418.

Antunes de Oliveira, F. (2017). ‘A Radical Invitation for Latin America - The Legacy of Andre Gunder Frank's' Development of Underdevelopment'.’ MONTHLY REVIEW, 69(1), pp. 50-59. DOI:10.14452/MR-069-01-2017-05_4

Blogs and Media:

‘Vania Bambirra: a voice from the Global South’, Women in the history of international thought, 21 July 2020.

‘Brazil’s economy: Why I was wrong to be an optimist’, The Conversation, 17 August 2018.

‘Lula or nothing? The dilemmas of the Brazilian left’, Monthly Review Online, 09 July 2018

‘Peripheral Fascism—theory and practice’, Monthly Review Online, 14 April 2018

‘Why Brazil’s economic rollercoaster is far from over’, The Conversation, April 13, 2016. 


I am interested in supervising PhD students working on International Political Economy, Global Governance, and Contemporary Latin American Politics.

Public Engagement

  • Career Diplomat at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
  • Government Provided Advisor (GPA) at the International Monetary Fund (2019-2020)
  • Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies (2019-2020)
  • Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex (2017-2018)
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