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Professor Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Professor Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

  • Manika & Haarjeev Kandhari Fellow and Tutor in Politics
  • Professor of the International Politics of Africa

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is Professor of the International Politics of Africa at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Manika & Harjeev Kandhari Fellow of St Peter's College; and a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. He is co-editor of African Affairs, the journal of the Royal African Society, and co-director of the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on African Governance.


Soares de Oliveira has conducted extensive fieldwork with a focus on the international political economy of African states, especially in regard to the extractive industries, the financial sector, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and African-Asian relations. He is the author of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War (2015) and Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea (2007) and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (2008) and The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States (2011). He is currently writing a book titled Africa and the Offshore World.

Soares de Oliveira has worked in the field of governance and the extractive industries for organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and Oxfam.

His individual and collaborative work has received support from the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, the Volkswagen Foundation, DFID, the British Academy, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, among others.

Soares de Oliveira has been Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and a visiting fellow at Yale University.


Prestigious British Academy research fellowship for St Peter’s Fellow

Fellow’s research on global kleptocracy shortlisted for impact award

Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira recipient of funding for large-scale anti-corruption research project