Dr Marco Vieira

Dr Marco Vieira

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Postgraduate Research Director

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 6265
+44 (0)121 414 3496
Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


PhD in International Relations (Department of International Relations, LSE)

MA in International Relations (Institute of International Relations, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

BA in Social Sciences (Department of Sociology and Politics, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)


Dr. Vieira joined POLSIS in January 2010 having previously taught international relations at LSE, King’s College and SOAS. His research is currently focused on the rising influence of ‘South powers’, specially South Africa, India and Brazil, and their growing importance in reshaping global governance structures, including areas such as institutional frameworks to tackle climate change, international trade and finance, and the reform of UN’s Security Council. Dr. Vieira is also interested in Brazilian foreign policy and the role of Brazil in South American politics.

As part of his PhD, Dr. Vieira has researched and written widely on global governance mechanisms to address the most important public health crisis of our time, namely the HIV/AIDS global pandemic. The study innovatively develops theoretical and conceptual insights on the problem of achieving ‘security’ in international relations. It also provides a detailed empirical analysis of HIV / AIDS policy responses in Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa. He has a solid understanding of security debates in International Relations (IR), especially in relation to the challenges posed by non-traditional threats (disease, climate change, famine, etc.) to international peace and stability. His PhD thesis covers a wide-range of IR theories (mostly the securitisation literature and the constructivist debates on the emergence and diffusion or international norms) and applies them to the understanding of how and why the HIV / AIDS epidemic was defined by the international community as a threat to global security. Dr. Vieira is the author of various articles and conference papers. He is also the co-author of the book 'The South in World Politics' (with Chris Alden and Sally Morphet). He is currently working on a new research project about the North / South divide and the global governance of climate change


  • POLS G502H Rising Powers and Global Order (MA)
  • POLS G85 Contemporary Debates in International Relations Theory (MA)
  • POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations Theory (UG 1st year)
  • POLS 214 International Relations Theory (UG 2nd year)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Rising powers and global order;
  • South-South political cooperation/identity/institutions;
  • South American/Latin American politics;
  • Brazilian foreign policy;
  • International relations theory


  • South-South Relations / Institutions;
  • The Reform of Global Governance Structures;
  • International Relations Theory;
  • Foreign policy of Emerging States (especially Brazil, South Africa and India);
  • Regional politics in South America

Other activities

  • 2008-2010 Visiting Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College London
  • 2009-2010 Teaching Fellow in International Relations, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • 2004-2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant/Guest Teacher, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)



(2013) Southern Africa's Response(s) to International HIV/AIDS Norms: The Politics of Assimilation. BrasíliaAlexandre de Gusmão Foundation, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. 

(2012) (ed.) Vozes do Sul e Agenda Global: África do Sul, Brasil e Índia, (with Maria Regina Lima and Monica Hirst). São Paulo: Hucitec.

(2010) The South in World Politics (with Chris Alden and Sally Morphet). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Journal Volumes

(2015) Challenges to Emerging and Established Powers: Brazil and the UK in the Contemporary Global Order (with Jonathan Grix). Global Society 9 (3), Special Issue.

Journal Articles

(2016) Understanding Resilience in International Relations: The Non-Aligned Movement and Ontological Security. International Studies Review (forthcoming, July/August 2016).

(2013) Brazilian Foreign Policy in the Context of Global Climate Norms. Foreign Policy Analysis 9 (4), pp. 369-386.  

(2013) The Energy Security-Climate Change Nexus in Brazil (with Klaus Guimaraes-Dalgaard). Environmental Politics 22 (4), pp. 610-626.

(2013) IBSA at 10: South-South Development Assistance and the Challenge to Build International Legitimacy in a Changing Global Order. Strategic Analysis 37 (3), pp. 291-298. 

(2012) Rising States and Distributive Justice: Reforming International Order in the 21st Century. Global Society 26 (3), pp. 311-329. 

(2011) India, Brazil and South Africa: South-South Cooperation and the Paradox of Regional Leadership (with Chris Alden). Global Governance 17 (3), pp.507-528.

(2011) Southern Africa's Responses to International HIV/AIDS Norms: The Politics of Assimilation. Review of International Studies 37 (1), pp. 3-28.

(2007). The Securitization of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic as a Norm: A Contribution to the Constructivist Scholarship on the Emergence and Diffusion of International Norms. Brazilian Political Science Review 1 (2), pp. 137-181.

(2005) The New Diplomacy of the South: South Africa, Brazil, India and Trilateralism (with Chris Alden). Third World Quarterly 26 (7), pp. 1077-1095.

(2001). Idéias e Instituições: Uma Reflexão sobre a Política Externa Brasileira do Início da Década de 90. Contexto Internacional 23 (2), pp. 245-293.

(2000). Economic Globalisation and State Reform: Political Consequences to the Brazilian Democracy. Revista Após 2 (1), pp.135-159.

Chapters in Edited Books

(2012) Índia, Brasil e África do Sul: Cooperação Sul-Sul e o Paradoxo da Liderança Regional (with Chris Alden). In: Maria Regina Lima, Monica Hirst and Marco Antonio Vieira (eds.) Vozes do Sul e Agenda Global: África do Sul, Brasil e Índia. São Paulo: Hucitec.

(2009) UN Reform and the Challenge of South Representation (with Alvaro Mendez). In: South African Year Book of International Affairs, edited by Thomas Wheeler. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

(2007) La Nueva Diplomacia del Sur: Brasil, Sudafrica, India y el Trilateralismo (with Chris Alden). In: India, Brasil y Sudafrica, edited by Juan Tokatlian. Buenos Aires: Zorzal.

Book Reviews

(2015) Classics of International Relations: Essays on Criticism and Appreciation edited by Henrik Bliddal, Casper Sylvest and Peter Wilson, Abingdon, Routledge, 2013. Reviewed in Political Studies review 13 (3), p.413.

(2013) Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World edited by Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein, Oxford University Press, 2013. Reviewed in Brazilian Political Science Review 7 (2), pp. 175-178.

(2011) Hegemony in International Society by Ian Clark, Oxford University Press, 2011. Reviewed in International Studies Today 1 (2), p. 9.

(2010) Institutions of the Global South by Jacqueline Anne Braveboy-Wagner, Routledge, 2009. Reviewed in Global Policy 1 (2), pp. 232-233.

Policy Reports and other Selected Publications

(2013) Rising powers and nuclear proliferation: could IBSA challenge the global nuclear order? (with Ben Zala) Proceedings of the Inaugural British International Studies Association Global Nuclear Order Working Group Conference, Leicester University, 19 Setember 2013 (available at http://bisaglobalnuclearorder.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/leicester-2013-conference-proceedings.pdf).

(2012) Brazilian Environmental Politics and Global Climate Governance. Report prepared for the international workshop 'The Global South and the International Politics of Climate Change', Report n.1, Institute for Global Dialogue, Durban, South Africa, 25 November 2011 (available at http://www.igd.org.za/archives/latest-news-archive/207-the-global-south-and-the-international-politics-of-climate-change).

(2011) The Voice of the South. The European Magazine, Berlin, Germany, 02 May 2011 (available at http://theeuropean-magazine.com/246-vieira-marco/247-the-north-south-divide).

(2008) Brazil in South America: The Awakening of the Giant. IDSA Strategic Comment, Delhi, India, 24 December 2008 (available at http://www.idsa.in/publications/stratcomments/MarcoVieira241208.htm).