Research Agenda


Objective: To analyse the role of the different actors of international development cooperation (domestic and international, multilateral and bilateral agencies, state and non-governmental organizations, private foundations and social movements) in the construction of agendas and their contestation, programme implementation, definition and diffusion of norms. Experiences of North-South East-South and South-South relations will be analysed.


To analyze the contemporary agendas related to human rights, climate change and migration, with emphasis on the tensions between public and private interests in the definition of mechanisms of public, market and social regulation. To analyze the role of international organizations in the construction and diffusion of norms, as well as their influence in the domestic agendas of states. Understand the role of civil society organizations, activist networks and social movements in relations between IO’s and market, as well as between OI’s and states. To understand how regional and emerging powers integrate human rights, climate change and migration into their own foreign policies, as well as the process of reforming global governance institutions in response to the emergence and institutionalization of such issues in contemporary multilateralism.

Objective: To integrate the different actors, different themes and a plurality of theoretical-methodological perspectives on Brazilian foreign policy. To identify niches of action traditionally not associated with foreign policy agendas, as well as government agencies (whether or not linked to the federal Executive branch), subnational entities and non-state actors. To analyse how Itamaraty reacts to these movements (institutional adaptation).

Objective: To compare the foreign policy trajectories and agendas of emerging powers (South Africa, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey) and their use of South-South cooperation. To analyse their policies in view of the reform of global governance (G20, UN, IMF). Based on their respective development models, multilateral experiences, domestic policies and regional integration patterns, to understand the forms and the reasons why they mobilize their resources of power, define alliances and coalitions (IBAS, BRICS).


Objective: To develop critical studies of the processes of globalization and transnationalisation, in the light of new actors and socioeconomic cartographies. To analyse the agenda of bilateral and multilateral international agencies to promote development and policies of international cooperation implemented by state and non-governmental organizations. To understand North-South and South-South forms of cooperation, the construction of agendas, complementarities and tensions verified in the discourses and practices of international cooperation.

Objective: To understand the role of international organizations in the constitution of systems of global governance, deconstructing the discourses on “good governance” in three main thematic fields: global governance and regional integration spaces; global environmental governance and international human rights regime; the world public sphere, transnational civil society, cosmopolitanism and global citizenship.

Objective: To develop historical studies of international relations, favouring the formation processes of Brazil and Brazilian foreign policy. To promote research based on diplomatic official documents in national and foreign archives.