Dr Mahrukh Doctor

Reader in Political Economy

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Mahrukh Doctor joined the lecturing staff in January 2006 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her main research interests are in the field of international political economy and comparative political economy.

Mahrukh has a special interest in development policy, trade and industry, infrastructure (ports), and regionalism in Latin America, with a particular focus on Brazil.

She has published on Brazilian business-state relations, Brazilian foreign policy in the context of rising powers, and EU-Mercosur negotiations / relations.


Research Interests

  • Brazilian foreign policy and global governance

  • Political economy of development

  • Brazilian trade and industrial policy

  • Regional integration (Mercosur)

  • Business-state relations in Latin America

Research groups

Currently working on a collaborative research project on business lobbying in Brazil with Prof Wagner Mancuso at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Involved in research for projects in collaboration with the ANPOCS Working Group on Business and Collective Action (Brazil), the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP) based at MIT (Boston) and Wharton Business School (Philadelphia) and the Mercosur Chair of Sciences Po (Paris) related to business-state relations, industrial development strategies, and EU-Mercosur negotiations respectively.


Doctor M, Business State Relations in Brazil: Challenges of the Port Reform Lobby, Routledge, New York in book series 'Routledge Studies in Latin American Politics', 2017

Doctor M, ‘Brazilian business and Itamaraty in the PT era: foreign policy-making in the context of ‘graduation dilemmas’’, International Affairs, vol 93 (3), 643-660, 2017

Doctor M, ‘Brazil’s role in institutions of global economic governance: The WTO and G20’, Global Society, 9 (3), 286-300, 2015

Doctor M, ‘Interregionalism's impact on regional integration in developing countries: the case of Mercosur’, Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (7), 967-984, 2015

Doctor M, ‘Assessing the changing roles of the Brazilian Development Bank’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 34 (2), 197-213, 2015

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy (UG-1)

  • The Global South and Development (UG-2)

  • Pathways of Research, research methods (UG-2)

  • Understanding America (UG-2)

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs (UG-3)

  • Comparative Legislatures (UG-3)


  • The Political Economy of Development

  • Dissertation Coordinator

Research PhDs

Mahrukh Doctor welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in

  • political economy of development (especially Latin America)

  • democratisation in Latin America

  • business-state relations in Latin America

  • regionalism and regional integration (especially south-south)

  • emerging powers and global governance

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Senior Fellow

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil (Oxford)

  • MA (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS)

External roles

  • Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy (2005-2017)

  • Research Associate at the Centre for Brazilian Studies (known as the Brazilian Studies Programme) in Oxford (2007- )

  • Associate of the UCL Institute of the Americas (2012- )

  • Visiting professor (professora visitante) at the Universidade de São Paulo, Institute of International Relations, São Paulo (May-September 2016) and Universidade Federal Fluminense, Post-Graduate Programme in Political Science, Niteroi (April – July 2009)