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Rodrigo Fagundes CezaR

Assistant Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/School of International Relations)
Coordinator of the research group "Trade and Sustainable Development" (DGP-CNPq)
Principal Investigador of project "The political positions of firms on trade" (FAPESP)
PhD in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva

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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 International Relations/Political Science at 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 projects investigate the politics of labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements and the political behavior of firms in trade policy. My articles have appeared in the Environmental Politics journal (Taylor & Francis), Word Trade Review (Cambridge University Press), Business & Politics (Cambridge University Press), New Political Economy (Taylor & Francis), 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 have a deep passion for research and science communication in international political economy and related areas. Please do not hesitate to contact me for projects, questions and comments about my work.

Research Interests


Sustainable Development in Trade Policies


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

Interest Groups
and Trade Politics 


How do firms, NGOs and labor unions behave politically in trade policy? To what extent do existing theories help us make sense of their political behavior?

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  

In the news

  Knowledge Diffusion  

I seek to leverage my research impact by communicating science to the public using simple yet rigorous language. 

  • Website received visitors from 50 countries and from over 250 cities;
  • Research ouputs with over 4,000 views by researchers and non-researchers from all continents;

  • Papers in private repository (ResearchGate) have views from 15 countries in the past 8 weeks, most notably by Global South researchers*;

  • Solid track-record of publication in high-impact journals relative to academic age.

    * From early-May to early-July 2022.

Video Abstracts

  Video/Audio Abstracts  

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

English Audio Abstract (AI-Generated)
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