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Maria Eugenia Giraudo

I am a doctoral candidate in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. My research is focused on the emergence of regional integration in South America around commodity production, particularly the case of soybean in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed an MA in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick, after working as Academic Coordinator and Assistant to the Academic Directory at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am also currently a member of the Editorial Board of Alternautas: (Re)Searching Development, a blog dedicated to issues of development in Latin America, where we publish peer-reviewed articles as well as translations of texts by Latin American scholars in order to introduce these authors into the English-speaking academic world.

Doctoral Research

My research focuses on the emergence in South America of a transnational economic area specialized in the production of soybean, fostered by the high global demand for this commodity and by the creation of a single value chain within the region, generating de facto integration. Literature on regionalism has recently offered a focus on ‘bottom-up’ regional identities and practices. Much of this work nonetheless remains heavily state-centric, and research on the dynamics of regional integration beyond the state remains scarce. The purpose of the thesis is to analyse the emergence of this new unity, the conditions of its emergence and the structure of this ‘commodity region’ as a cross-border entity.

Research Interests

Political Economy of Latin America; Regional Integration; Development; Political Geography; Food Security.

Conferences and Presentations

2014: PILAS - Postgraduates in Latin American Studies, University of Sheffield.

2014: FLACSO-ISA Joint International Conference, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2014: CARI (Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales) - ‘The Future of MERCOSUR after the elections in Brazil and Uruguay’. Presentation at Joint Meeting between Committees of Latin American Studies and Agricultural Issues. Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015: The Political Economy of the Extractivist Imperative in Latin America International Workshop. ISS and Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA). ‘The Governance of the Soybean complex in South America’. The Hague, Netherlands.

2015: 56th ISA Annual Convention. 'Commodity Regions: Production Of Space And (New?) Geographies Of Capital'. New Orleans, United States.

2015: New Directions in IPE Conference. 'Commodity Hubs: the Gran Rosario Complex’. University of Warwick

2016: XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. 'Redistribution of the commodity rent: fiscal structures and soybean production in South America'. New York, United States.

Book Reviews

2016. Latin American states and the extractivist imperative: continuity and change. Capital & Class. 40 (1): 177-181

2009. La presencia de China en el hemisferio occidental. Consecuencias para América Latina y Estados Unidos. Miríada. 2 (4)

Blog Posts

June 2015: Commodity Hubs: production of space and new geographies of capital. Alternautas: (Re)Searching Development.

Other interests

2013-2014: Member of the editorial board of the Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal and co-organiser of the interdisciplinary colloquium on June 30th 2014.

2015-Present: Member of the Warwick Political Geography Group.

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Maria Eugenia Giraudo

M dot E dot Giraudo at warwick dot ac dot uk


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