Carolina Fontes dos Santos

Carolina Fontes dos Santos

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
PhD Affiliate, Gender Centre
Spoken languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Democratic participation
  • Agriculture and food system
  • Feminist and postcolonial theories
  • Feminist international political economy
  • Feminist and gender studies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Brazil

PhD Thesis


Title: Feminist Movements in Rural Areas in Brazil and International Food Governance: Taking the Ground into Account

PhD Supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

Expected completion date: 2024

Carolina’s PhD research investigates how peasant women’s movements in Brazil engage transnationally with other social and feminist movements to negotiate political voice for peasants in international food governance, particularly in the context of the Committee on World Food Security. She draws on feminist methodology to explore the political agency of rural women involved in this process and to demonstrate how they are breaking the local/global dichotomy of the transnational political space.




Carolina holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and a Master in International Political Economy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She is current a PhD candidate at the International Relations and Political Science Department and an Affiliate Member to the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute.


Academic Work Experience


Research Experience

Research Fellow for the "Global Health Diplomacy: An Explanatory Multi-Case Study of the Integration of Health into Foreign Policy - Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Chile", financed by the Ottawa University and coordinated in Brazil by the National School of Public Health (ENSP) at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).