I am a political and economic analyst, expert on South American
regionalism, Brazil and Andean countries' politics, economies, and
international trade patterns.
I am Master of Science (Msc) in Latin American
Studies at the University of Oxford, and
Bachelor and Master of Philosophy in Diplomacy and
International Relations at the University of
I have a two-year work experience with the European Union, first
in Brussels at the European External Action Service (EEAS), and
then at the EU External Delgation in Lima (Peru).
I am fluent in English and Spanish, with a working knowledge of
Research InterestI am
currently dealing with South American regionalism, analysing the
causes and patterns of regional cooperation in contemporary South
America, with a focus on the process of functional cooperation in
the infrastructure, energy, and defence fields that started off
with the Brasilia Summit in 2000, and which led to the creation of
I am interested in studying regional integration in developing
regions, where economic interdependence and intra-regional trade
flows are low: understanding regional cooperation in the absence of
the classic preconditions for regional integration.
I am particularly interested in the study of the interrelationship
between economic/political interests, ideas, and
institution-building. From a historical institutionalist
perspective I am focusing on the feedback dynamic between
persuasive economic development ideas and geopolitical interests,
and on how these interests and ideas get embedded in regional
institutions, triggering regional cooperation and bringing about
interdependence in spite of intergovernmentalism.