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Maria Eugenia Giraudo

I have been recently awarded a PhD in Politics and International Development at the University of Warwick. My thesis, titled 'Uneven development and the governance of agricultural commodity booms: the case of soybean in South America', addressed the uneven outcomes of the latest commodity boom and accompanying global food crisis (2007/2008) by exploring how the rapid spread of spybean has transformed the landscape and political economy of South American countries.

I am also a Seminar Tutor in PAIS for PO107 - Intoduction to Politics and at the School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester for the module PL2228 - Latin American Politics.

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 develops an interdisciplinary approach that links together issues of natural resource governance, development, and transformations in the global political economy to explore the ways in which countries of South America govern commodity booms. My thesis examines how global dynamics of price peaks in commodities markets affect the ways in which food-producing states manage the wealth produced during commodity booms and how this wealth is subsequently distributed among different sectors of society.

In South America, the recent commodity boom has led to an expansion of primary production oriented towards export markets, creating imbalances in their domestic productive structures. My thesis focuses on the production and trade of soybean in three countries of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Brazil, adn Paraguay. Following the boom, soybean production has come to dominate the agricultural sectors and overall exports of these countries, with some authors going as far as tu dub this rapidly expanding industry the 'Soybean Republic'. My research engages with cutting edge debates in International Political Economy, with a conceptual focus that draws from human geography and brings in space as both contingent and constituted by the changing productive and trade dynamics.

Research Interests

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


Depoliticizing space: The politics of governing global finance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. With Jack Copley.

Dependent Development in Latin America: China and the soybean connection. Under review, Journal of Agrarian Change.

In preparation. Stop Spraying! Community based accountability promotion in the Soybean Republic. To be submitted to the Journal of Peasant Studies. With Ana Carballo.

2018. China, Latin America, and the changing relations of dependency: the case of the soybean complex. CSGR Working Paper Series.

2017. Introduction to the Special Issue: Agribusiness, (Neo)Extractivism and Food Sovereignty: Latin America at a Crossroads? with Ana E. Carballo, Johannes Waldmueller and Diego Silva. Alternautas: (Re)Searching Development. The Abya Yala Chapter.

Conferences and Presentations

2017: Paren de Fumigar: community-based accountability in the Soybean Republic. Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS). University of Glasgow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2017: China, Latin America, and the changing relations of dependency: The case of the soybean complex. Think Development.

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

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