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

On research leave, Semester 2 2015-16


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 neo-corporatism, policy network analysis, varieties of capitalism and developmental states. 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; 2nd semester 2014-15).

Selected Publications

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.

Other publications

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


  • Political economy of development
  • Brazilian trade and industrial policy
  • Regional integration (Mercosur)
  • Infrastructure policy (ports; transport logistics)
  • 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 – research methods (UG-2)
  • 30100 Understanding America (UG-2)
  • 30145 Democratisation in Latin America (UG-3)
  • 30221 BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs (UG-3)
  • 30019 Comparative Legislatures (UG-3)

Postgraduate Teaching

Mahrukh Doctor teaches on the following postgraduate modules:

  • 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)


  • Head of Year (Finalists) – Current.
  • Head of Year (2007 – 2013; various cohorts)
  • 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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