School of Politics, Philosophy & International Studies


DOCTOR, Dr Mahrukh

MA (Johns Hopkins University), DPhil (Oxford)


Dr Doctor

Senior Lecturer

  • Director of Quality (Learning & Teaching) 

(On study leave in Semester 2, 2014-15)

Tel: +44(0)1482 465967
Office: 209, Wilberforce Building


Mahrukh Doctor joined the lecturing staff in January 2006. Her main research interests are in the field of international political economy and comparative political economy with a special interest in development, industry (automotive sector), trade, infrastructure (ports), and regionalism in Latin America (with a focus on Brazil). She has also published on Brazilian foreign policy and EU-Mercosur negotiations/relations. Her main theoretical and analytical interests lie in (neo-)corporatism, policy network analysis, varieties of capitalism and neo-structuralism. She is currently working on a research monograph (for Routledge): Business-State Relations in Brazil: Challenges for the Logistics Infrastructure Lobby.

She also is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy (since 2005), Research Associate at the Centre for Brazilian Studies (known as the Brazilian Studies Programme) in Oxford (since 2007), and Associate of the UCL Institute of the Americas (since 2012).  

She has been 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. Previously, she was Lecturer in International Relations and International Political Economy at the University of Reading (2003-05), Research Fellow at St. Antony's and the Centre for Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford (2000-2003), and Economist at the World Bank (1991-1992). She has been an academic visitor at the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil (2009), and the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe (2010-11).

Selected Publications

Peer Review Journal Articles

  • ‘Assessing the changing roles of the Brazilian Development Bank’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, (early view, May 2014; forthcoming March 2015)
  • ‘Prospects for deepening Mercosur integration: economic asymmetry and institutional deficits’, Review of International Political Economy, vol 20(3), June 2013: 515-540
  • ‘Brazil’s new government and trade: an evaluation of policy and performance’, Critical Sociology, vol 38 (6), November 2012:799-807  
  • ‘Latin American Trading Blocs: Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR)’ Integration and Trade Journal, Special Section – Guest Editor G.L. Giardini, vol 15:33, July-December 2011: pp 106-108
  • ‘Is Brazilian capitalism at an institutional equilibrium?: A Varieties of Capitalism approach’ Desenvolvimento em Debate, vol 1(1) January-April 2010: 51-70
  • ‘Brazil’s Rise and the Role of Big Business’, Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs, vol 13, Spring 2010: 57-67
  • ‘Lula’s Development Council: Neo-Corporatism and Policy Reform in Brazil’, Latin American Perspectives, vol 34(6), November 2007: 131-148.
  • ‘Why Bother with Inter-regionalism? Negotiations for a European Union-Mercosur Association Agreement’, Journal of Common Market Studies, vol 45 (2) June 2007: 281-314.
  • ‘Boosting Investment and Growth: the Role of Social Pacts in the Brazilian Automotive Industry’, Oxford Development Studies, vol 35(1), March 2007: 105-130.
  • ‘Institutional Modernisation and the Legacy of Corporatism: the Case of Port Reform in Brazil’, Journal of Latin American Studies vol 35(2), May 2003: 341-365.
  • ‘Business and Delays in Port Reform’, Revista de Economia Política - Brazilian Journal of Political Economy vol 22(2),April 2002: 79-101.


Book Chapters

  • ‘Inequality, social policy and state welfare regimes in developing countries: the case of Brazil’ in James Connelly & Jack Hayward (eds), The Withering of the Welfare State: Regression, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, February 2012
  • ‘Furthering industrial competitiveness in Brazil: the case of the automotive industry’ in Wagner Mancuso, Maria Antonieta Leopoldi and Wagner Iglecias (eds), Brasil: Empresas, Empresarios e Sociedade, Florianopolis: Editora de Cultura, May 2010 (translated into Portuguese)
  • ‘Brazil: Mixed impact of financial crises on the manufacturing and financial sectors’ in Justin Robertson (ed), Power and Politics after Financial Crises: Rethinking Foreign Opportunism in Emerging Markets, Basingstoke: Palgrave, co-author Luiz Fernando de Paula, December 2007.
  • ‘Beyond the Century of Corporatism? Continuity and Change in Brazil’, co-author Timothy Power, in Howard J. Wiarda (ed), Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin America, Revisited (University of Florida Press, Gainesville), August 2004.
  • ‘Scenarios for Untying the Knots in Market Access for Goods’, co-author Sandra Rios, in Alfredo Valladão, Felix Peña and Patrick Messerlin (eds), Concluding the EU-Mercosur Agreement: Feasible Scenarios, (Chaire Mercosur de Sciences Po, Paris), June 2004.


Other Articles

  • ‘Country Focus: Brazil’, Political Insight, April 2011
  • ‘The future of Brazilian industrial strategy’, Policy Network Essays and Opinion, 11 July 2011


Research Interests

  • Political economy of development
  • Brazilian trade and industrial policy
  • Regional integration (Mercosur)
  • Infrastructure policy (ports)
  • Business-state relations in Latin America


Areas of PhD Supervision

  • Political Economy of Development (especially Latin America)
  • Democratisation in Latin American
  • Regionalism and regional integration (especially South-South)
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