Rodrigo Fagundes CezaR

Assistant Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/School of International Relations)
Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute's Center for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI)
Ph.D in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva




Thanks for visiting my website! I am an assistant professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas' (FGV) School of International Relations in São Paulo, Brazil.

I defended my PhD thesis (May 2021, summa cum laude) in the Department of International Relations/Political Science of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, located in Geneva, Switzerland. I have been a Visiting Researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Research Associate at the European University Institute, thanks to a Swiss National Science Foundation grant (Doc.Mobility).

My main research project investigates change in labor provisions in bilateral trade agreements over time. In particular, I analyze the mobilization of domestic actors in favor of stronger worker protection in trade deals. I also develop a research project on trade and environmental politics. My articles have appeared in the Environmental Politics journal (Taylor & Francis), Word Trade Review (Cambridge University Press), Business & Politics (Cambridge University Press), among others.

I have previously worked at the United Nations Development Programme in Brasilia, in a project aimed at promoting social and inclusive businesses in Brazil. I was part of a small team that managed the research and publication of the first report on inclusive business of UNDP Brazil. 

I love doing research and learning how to improve it. That is driven by curiosity and by a deep interest in creating knowledge. Please do not hesitate to contact me for projects, questions and comments about my research.


  Research Interests  

Social Clauses in Trade Agreements


Why do countries add provisions related to labor in their trade agreements? What are the domestic political reasons behind the promotion of such clauses?

International Trade and Environmental Politics


What is the rationale behind the promotion of food and environmental standards when international trade is part of the equation?

Theory and

When and how to use International Political Economy theory in association with qualitative and quantitative methods to help solve meaningful theoretical and empirical puzzles?   

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Selected Publications

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"Dispute settlement, labor and environmental provisions in PTAs: When will business interests shift positions?"

This article explains why business interests in certain countries start promoting strong labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements over the years, while business interests in other countries continue opposing those clauses. 


  My Curriculum Vitae  


Video Abstracts

"Compliance in 'exceptional' trade disputes: a set-theoretical approach" (Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional)



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