School of Law and Politics

Dr Mahrukh Doctor

DPhil (Oxford); MA (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS)


Dr Doctor

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Phone: +44(0)1482 465967
Office: 209 Wilberforce
Email: M.Doctor@hull.ac.uk


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, industrialisation, 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 liberal institutionalism (foreign policy analysis) and neo-corporatism, policy network analysis, varieties of capitalism and developmental states (comparative politics). She is author of the research monograph, Business-State Relations in Brazil: Challenges of the Port Reform Lobby (Routledge Publishers, New York; January 2017).

She has been an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy (from 2005 to 2017), 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), the Institute for International Relations at the University of Sao Paulo (2016), and the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe (2010-2011; 2015).

Selected Publications

Research Monograph

  • Business State Relations in Brazil: Challenges of the Port Reform Lobby , Routledge, New York in book series Routledge Studies in Latin American Politics, published January 2017

Journal articles

  • ‘Brazil’s role in institutions of global economic governance: The WTO and G20’, Global Society, 9 (3), July 2015: 286-300
  • ‘Interregionalism's impact on regional integration in developing countries: the case of Mercosur’, Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (7), May 2015: 967-984
  • ‘Assessing the changing roles of the Brazilian Development Bank’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 34 (2), March 2015: 197-213
  • ‘Prospects for deepening Mercosur integration: economic asymmetry and institutional deficits’, Review of International Political Economy, 20(3), June 2013: 515-540
  • ‘Brazil’s new government and trade: an evaluation of policy and performance’, Critical Sociology, 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, 15:33, July-December 2011
  • ‘Is Brazilian capitalism at an institutional equilibrium?: A Varieties of Capitalism approach’ Desenvolvimento em Debate, 1(1) January-April 2010: 51-70
  • ‘Brazil’s Rise and the Role of Big Business’, Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs, 13, Spring 2010: 57-67
  • ‘Lula’s Development Council: Neo-Corporatism and Policy Reform in Brazil’, Latin American Perspectives, 34(6), November 2007: 131-148.
  • ‘Why Bother with Inter-regionalism? Negotiations for a European Union-Mercosur Association Agreement’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 45 (2) June 2007: 281-314.
  • ‘Boosting Investment and Growth: the Role of Social Pacts in the Brazilian Automotive Industry’, Oxford Development Studies, 35(1), March 2007: 105-130.
  • ‘Motivations for signing a European Union-Mercosur Association Agreement: the role of trade and investment’ (in Spanish), Aldea Mundo (Venezuela), 10(19), November 2005
  • ‘Institutional Modernisation and the Legacy of Corporatism: the Case of Port Reform in Brazil’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 35(2), May 2003: 341-365.
  • ‘Business and Delays in Port Reform’, Revista de Economia Política - Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, 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, January 2008.
  • ‘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.

Book reviews

  • Review of Peter Kingstone, Crafting Coalitions for Reform: Business Preferences, Political Institutions, and Neoliberal Reform in Brazil (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1999) in Journal of Latin American Studies, vol 33, 2001.
  • Review of L. Brainard & L Martinez-Diaz (eds), Brazil as an Economic Superpower? (Washington DC, Brookings Institution Press, 2009) in Journal of Latin American Studies, vol 44, 2011.

Invited contributions

  • ‘Country Focus: Brazil’s Multiple Crises’, Political Insight, September 2016
  • ‘From neo-corporatism to policy networks in Brazil’, Revista Agenda Politica, v 4:1, 2016
  • ‘Country Focus: Brazil’, Political Insight, April 2011
  • ‘The future of Brazilian industrial strategy’, Policy Network Essays and Opinion, 11 July 2011


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


Undergraduate Teaching

Mahrukh Doctor teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 30195: Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy (UG-1)
  • 30146: The Global South and Development (UG-2)
  • 30069: Pathways of Research ‚Äì research methods (UG-2)
  • 30100: Understanding America (UG-2)
  • 30221: BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs (UG-3)
  • 30019: Comparative Legislatures (UG-3)

Postgraduate Teaching

Mahrukh Doctor is the PG Dissertation Coordinator and teaches on the following postgraduate module: 

  • 30144: The Political Economy of Development

PhD Supervision

Mahrukh Doctor welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in the following areas: 

  • Political Economy of Development (especially Latin America)
  • Democratisation in Latin American
  • Business-state relations in Latin America
  • Regionalism and regional integration (especially South-South)
  • Emerging powers and global governance


  •  Head of Year (2007 - 2015)
  • Director of Quality (August 2013- January 2015)
  • Also: Department Academic Progress Committee; Faculty Board Member, Faculty Unfair Means Panel, Staff-Student Committee.
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