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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Rowan Lubbock


Lecturer in International Political Economy of Development

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After receiving my PhD in International Relations from Birkbeck, University of London in 2017, I joined the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary in September 2019.


My research interests centre on the agrarian dynamics of international relations. My previous research examined the politics of food sovereignty within Venezuela and the Latin American regional institution, the ALBA-TCP (Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América-Tratado de Comercio de los Pueblos – Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty), as well as the historical sociology of Latin American regionalism more broadly.


My current project expands on these topics, with a critical analysis of agriculture in the making of international (dis)order. With specific focus on the historical formation of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, this long-term archival research project aims to shed much needed light on the ways in which humanity’s transformation of the earth simultaneously transforms ‘the international’.


For the academic year of 2022/23, I will be carrying out a research fellowship at Corvinus University (Budapest), where I will begin the first phase of the above project.



Research Interests:

  • International Relations
  • Latin American politics
  • Regionalism
  • Marxian political economy
  • Critical Agrarian Studies
  • Global Governance
  • Historical Sociology

Examples of research funding:

2022-2023: CIAS Junior Research Fellow Grant, Corvinus University (Budapest)

2022: IHSS Large Grant Seed Corn Fund, Queen Mary, University of London

2013-2016: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) Research Studentship, Birkbeck, University of London


Edited Books

(Forthcoming) co-edited with Ernesto Vivares, The Reconfiguration of 21st Century Latin

American Regionalism: Actors, Processes, Contradictions, Prospects, Routledge (Rethinking Globalizations series).

Special Issues

(2022) co-edited with Ernesto Vivares, ‘The Reconfiguration of 21st Century Latin American Regionalism: Actors, Processes, Contradictions, Prospects’, Globalizations, 19(4).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

(2022), ‘Capitalist Geopolitics and the Long Road to Latin American Regionalism’, Globalizations, 19(4), pp. 536-554.

(2020), ‘Imperialism and the Geopolitics of COVID-19 in Venezuela’, Textos E Debates, 1 (34), pp. 153-176 [Open Access], in Special Issue: ‘Venezuela: passado, presente e futuro’, Fábio Barbosa dos Santos and Rodrigo Pereira Chagas (eds.)

(2020), ‘Rights, Recognition and Norms in the Making of Latin American International Society: An Historical Materialist Interpretation’. Journal of International Relations and Development, 23 (2), pp. 237-261.

(2020), ‘The Social Contradictions of Regional Development in the ALBA-TCP: The Case of Food Production’, New Political Economy, 25 (2), pp. 213-230.

(2020) ‘The Hidden Edifice of (Food) Sovereignty: Rights, Territory and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Venezuela’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 20 (2), pp. 289-310.

Book Chapters

(2018), ‘Development and Imperialism’, in Ronaldo Munck and Honor Fagan (eds.), Handbook on Development and Social Change, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar.

(2018), ‘From Magical State to Magical Region? Ecology, Labour and Socialism in ALBA’, in Asa Cusack (ed.), Understanding ALBA: The Progress, Problems, and Prospects of Alternative Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean, London: Institute of Latin American Studies.

(2017) with Giulia Carabelli, ‘Neoliberalising Mostar: Governmentality, Ethno-nationalism and Everyday Forms of Resistance’, in Jonathan Louth (ed.), Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities, Chester: University of Chester Press.

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