Each month LABMUNDO-Rio organizes a plenary session to discuss its research agenda. At your right you can find the recent history of these plenaries as well as the those of the current year. All plenary sessions are held on Mondays, always at IESP-UERJ (Rua da Matriz, 82 – Botafogo), from 10.30 to 12.30 am. Exceptionally, in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, plenary sessions are being organised via the Internet.

Plenary Sessions LABMUNDO-Rio 2020

Second Semester

August 31: ODS and United Nations
Conjuncture Debate
– Texts for debate (introduced by Magno Klein):
BIERMANN, Frank et al. Global governance by goal-setting: the novel approach of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
NORSTROM, Albert et al. Three necessary conditions for establishing effective Sustainable Development Goals in the Anthropocene.
ALA-UDDIN, Mohammad. ‘Sustainable’ Discourse: A Critical Analysis of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
– Presentation of Laurie Servières’ project (Sciences Po Paris).

September 28th: BRAZIL and ODS

Conjuncture Debate
– Texts for debate (introduced by Renata Albuquerque):
KABEER, Naila; SANTOS, Ricardo (2017). “Intersecting Inequalities and the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Brazil” in LSE Working paper, nº 14.
GUERRA, João; SCHMIDT, Luísa; LOURENÇO, Luiz B. (2019). “From Local Agenda 21 to a localized Agenda 2030 – the Portuguese and Brazilian cases in perspective” in Community Development, 50:3, 352-367.
– Presentation by Rubens and Juliana on the text under construction (Messianism and razed earth: the undemocratic dimension of the Bolsonaro government’s foreign policy).

26th October: ODS 13: Taking urgent action to fight climate change and its impacts

Conjuncture Debate
– Texts for debate (introduced by Leilane Santos PUC-GRISUL):
NERINI, Francesco et ali. (2019) “Connecting climate action with other Sustainable Development Goals” in Nature sustainability, n 2, 674-680
ALVES, Elia E. C.; FERNANDES, Ivan R. A. L. (2020) “Objectives of Sustainable Development: a transformation in the scientific development debate?” in Meridiano 47, 21: e21010, 2020.
– Presentation of the research of Nicolli Bernardes (UFF-GRISUL).

November 30th: ODS 17: Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

Conjuncture Debate
– Texts for debate:
HIRST, Monica (2012) : Conceptual and practical aspects of Brazil’s performance in South-South cooperation: The cases of Haiti, Bolivia and Guinea Bissau, Text for Discussion, No. 1687, Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brasilia.
BESHARATI Neissan, et ali. (2017). A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for South-South Cooperation. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg.
BESHARATI Neissan, (2019). Measuring Effectiveness of South-South Cooperation. Occasional paper series No. 52. Southern Voice.
– Research presentation by Renata Albuquerque.

The texts discussed in our sessions can be found in this link.

First semester:


Balance of the conjuncture for the bulletin.
Definition of who presents research project and who presents texts in the semester 2020/1. Please think about your projects and let us define the agenda.
Debate text: Dryzek, John; Norgaard, Richard & Schlosberg, David (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Read the introduction (“Climate change and society: approaches and responses”, pp. 1-11) and the chapter “The Nature of the Problem”, written by Dale Jamieson (13 p.).
Presented by: Carlos R. S. Milani.


Balance of the conjuncture for the bulletin.
Presentation of the research project of Leilane Nascimento dos Reis Santos (Grisul)
Debate text: Giddens, Anthony (2011) The Politics of Climate Change. Cambridge: Polity Press. Read introduction, chapters 1, 7, 8 and 9.
Presented by: Rubens Duarte.


Balance of the situation for the bulletin.
Presentation of Magno Klein’s research project
Debate text: Alier, Juan Martínez (2002) O Ecologismo dos pobres. São Paulo: Editora Contexto (chapter “Ecological Currents”).
Presented by: Maria del Carmen Villarreal Villamar.


Balance of the conjuncture for the bulletin.
Third presentation of a research project.
Presentation of Bruna Soares’ research project
Debate text: Of course, Carolina De Abreu. The Concept of “Environmental Refugee”. In Jubilut, Liliana Lyra. et al. (eds.). “Refugiados Ambientais” – Boa Vista: Editora da UFRR, 2018, pp. 69-100. Available at: http://ufrr.br/editora/index.php/editais?download=401:refugiados-ambientais
Presented by Bruna Soares.

The texts discussed in plenary can be found in this link.

Labmundo-Rio 2019 – Plenary sessions

2019 – 2nd semester:

08/26 – One Belt, One Road (pt.1)

 Discussion on Boletim Conjuntura.
– Debate over the following text:

James D. Sidaway & Chih Yuan Woon (2017) Chinese Narratives on “One Belt, One Road” (一带一路) in Geopolitical and Imperial Contexts, The Professional Geographer, 69:4, 591-603.

Complementary reading:

– Zhao Minghao (2016). The Belt and Road Initiative and its Implications for China-Europe Relations, The International Spectator, 51:4, 109-118.

– Lu Jianren (2016). The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the China-ASEAN Industry Cooperation, The International Journal of China Studies, v. 7, n. 3, p. 375-389.

– Li Xue (2016). China’s Foreign Policy Decision-Making Mechanism and “One Belt One Road” Strategy, Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies, 5:2, 23-35,

09/30 – One Belt, One Road (pt.2).

– Discussion on Boletim Conjuntura

– Debate over the following text:

– Rumi Aoyama (2016). “One Belt, One Road”: China’s New Global Strategy, Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies, 5:2, 3-22.
Complementary reading:
– Ploberger, Christian (2017) One Belt, One Road – China’s new grand strategy, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 15:3, 289-305.
11/11 – Balance of Bolsonaro’s Brazilian Foreign Policy (the domestic dimension, Brazil in the region, Brazil-US relations).
– Discussion on Boletim Conjuntura.
– Balance of Bolsonaro’s Brazilian Foreign Policy: selection of texts from periodicals, magazines and newspapers introduced by Juliana Luiz.

–  Patricia Barros’ Research Project presentation

-Mariana Riquito Pereira Research presentation

12/02 – Balance of Bolsonaro’s Brazilian Foreign Policy (BRICS, EU, cooperation agenda, African continent, multilateral policy: UN, G-20).

– Balance of Bolsonaro’s Brazilian Foreign Policy: selection of texts from periodicals, magazines and newspapers introduced by Rubens Duarte.
–  Roger Martins’ Research Project presentation
– Diego Sebastián Crescentino’s Research Presentation

2019 – 1st Semester:

– 03/18 – 10h-13h.
Boletim Conjuntura
Debate over the following texts  Pauselli ; Roberts
Laurie’s Research Project presentation

-04/29, 10h-13h.
Boletim Conjuntura
Hugo and Murilo book chapter’s presentation
Bruna and Juliana book chapter’s presentation

– 05/06, 10h-13h.
Renata book chapter’s presentation
Pablo and Rubens book chapter’s presentation
Patricia and Roger book chapter’s presentation

– 05/27, 10h-13h
Danielle book chapter’s presentation
Leonardo and Tiago book chapter’s presentation

Hugo Thesis’s Project presentation

– 06/24, 10h-13h.
Boletim Conjuntura

Debate over the following text: Christopher I. Clement (Organic Intellectuals and the Discourse on Democracy: Academia, Foreign Policy Makers, and Third World Intervention)

Salvador Seminar feedback and evaluation

Labmundo-Rio 2018 – Plenary sessions


-Debate over the following texts:
a) International Law and Its Discontents: Rethinking the Global South (Author(s): Balakrishnan Rajagopal, 7 pages).
b) Locating the Global South in the Theorisation of the Cold War: Capitalist Development, Social Revolution and Geopolitical Conflict (Author(s): Richard Saull, 27 p.).

-Renata Albuquerque presents the current state of it’s phD thesis results.


-Debate over the following texts:

After the Third World? History, Destiny and the Fate of Third Worldism –  Mark T. Berger

Requiem or New Agenda for Third World Studies? – Tony Smith

– Juliana Luiz presents the current state of it’s phD thesis results. (after Research Field in Rome-Italy)

– Hugo Bras presents the results of it’s experince over the UN mission in NY.
-Debate over the following texts: (presented by Roger) :
Why the Third World Matters – Steven R. David
Where is the Third World Now? – Caroline Thomas

-Debate over the following texts: (presented by Juliana Lemos):
2nd Semester
-Debate over the following text: A. Quijano, Colonialidade do poder, Eurocentrismo e América Latina, (presented by Patrícia Barros):

-Rubens Duarte  presents an article project with Carlos Milani about norms and emergent powers.

-Debate over the following text: Walter Mignolo (“Después de América Latina: la herida colonial y la transformación epistémica geopolítico-corporal”), presented by Bruna.
– Hugo presents it’s phD thesis project.
-Debate over the following text: “Una reflexión sobre práticas y discursos descolonizadores” Ch’ixinakax utxiwa (presented by Pablo).
– Article’s presentation (Labmundo’s book project) by  Leonardo and Tiago.



-Debate over the following text: Los países del Sur en Naciones Unidas, Melanie Albaret and Guillaume Devin (presented by Hugo).

– Article’s presentation (Labmundo’s book project) by  Renata Albuquerque.

There were no Labmundo-Rio’s plenary sessions in 2017, due to the coordinator research at UC-Berkeley (senior CAPES’ scholorship).

Labmundo-Rio 2016 – Plenary sessions


Debate over the following texts:

FERNANDEZ, Mercedes et al. (orgs.). La construcción del codesarrollo. Madri: Los Libros de la Catarata, 2008.
Chapters 1, 2, 3 (theory and metholody); Chapter 8 and conclusion.


Refugees: The Syrian case

Debate over the following texts:

WB data over european refuge: http://blogs.worldbank.org/peoplemove/europes-disgrace

DE LUCAS, J (1996), Puertas que se cierran. Europa como fortaleza, Barcelona, Icaria

MsF report: http://www.msf.org.br/sites/default/files/relatorio_siria_2015_0.pdf


14h: Europe Facing with the Refugee Crisis
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (CERI Sciences-Po, Paris)


New refuges modalities: enviromental refugees

Debate over the following texts:


Véran, Noal e Fainstat: “Nem Refugiados, nem Migrantes: A Chegada dos Haitianos à Cidade de Tabatinga (Amazonas) “, Dados: http://www.scielo.br/pdf/dados/v57n4/0011-5258-dados-57-04-1007.pdf

BORRAS_Refugiados Ambientales_2006

Each-for-Project_Desplazados medioamb_2007

Ecologia Politica_Desplazados ambientales_2007

Myers_Refugiados medioamb_2005


Migrations in Latin America

PNUD,  Movilidad y desarrollo humanos, 2009’s report: http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr_2009_es_complete.pdf

IOM report over migrations (https://www.iom.int/es).



World Bank report: (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/BX.TRF.PWKR.CD.DT)

IOM report (http://publications.iom.int/bookstore/free/WMR2013_SP.pdf)

Labmundo-Rio 2015 – Plenary sessions


Presentation by Pablo Saturnino B. Rezende: Results of his experience during the field research in South Africa.

Robert Cox’s contribution to the advance in critical theories in IR, presented by Juliana Pinto e Bruna.


Rubens Duarte presents the current state of it’s phD thesis results.

Debates over the following texts (presented by Tássia):

– “Comprendre les données internationales avant tout traitement graphique”, de Benoit Martin.

– “The Future of Field Experiments in IR”, de Susan Hyde.



Debates over the following texts (presented by Juliana Luiz):

– “A Note on the Uses of Official Statistics”, de John I. Kitsuse e Aaron V. Cicourel.

– “Introduction. La statistique, outil de gouvernement et outil de preuve”, de Alain Desrosières.

Danielle Costa presents the current state of it’s phD thesis result


Leandro Conde presents the current state of it’s mater’s thesis and his phD thesis’ project.

Debates over the following texts (presented by Timoteo):

– “Civil Society in IDC: in search for data”, de R. Peels e P. Develtere.

– “Introducing Archigos”, de Henk Goemans et al.