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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Rowan Lubbock


Lecturer in International Relations and Development

Room Number: Room 2.16A
Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30pm-12:30pm and Friday 4pm-5pm (F2F & Online)


Rowan was awarded his PhD in 2017 from Birkbeck, University of London, where he previously taught politics and international relations. His research centres on the intersections between International Relations, Latin American politics and Critical Agrarian Studies. He is currently writing a book on the politics of food sovereignty within Venezuela and the Latin American regional institution of the ALBA-TCP, to be published by University of Georgia Press.



Research Interests:

  • International Relations
  • Latin American politics
  • Regionalism
  • Marxian political economy
  • Critical Agrarian Studies

Examples of research funding:

I was awarded the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) Research Studentship (2013-2016) which supported my PhD research.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

(Forthcoming), ‘Capitalist Geopolitics and the Long Road to Latin American Regionalism’, Globalizations, in Special Issue: ‘The Reconfiguration of 21st Century Latin American Regionalism’.

(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.

Book Reviews

(2019), ‘Geopolitical Economy and the Chimera of Hegemony. A Review of Radhika Desai, Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire, London: Pluto Press, 2013’, Historical Materialism, 27 (1), pp. 281-293.

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