Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics (African politics) at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Manika & Harjeev Kandhari Fellow at St Peter's College; and a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

Prior to assuming his post in Oxford in September 2007, Soares de Oliveira was the Austin Robinson Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and an Associate of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and a visiting fellow at Yale University. He was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2011.

Soares de Oliveira has worked in the field of governance and the energy sector for the World Bank, the European Commission, Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the French Ministry of Defence, among others. His research interests include African politics (particularly West and Central Africa), Africa-Asia relations, and the politics of the international economy, especially in the fields of energy, natural resource extraction, state weakness and post-conflict reconstruction.

He is the author of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War (Hurst Publishers and Oxford University Press US, 2015) and Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea (Hurst Publishers and Columbia University Press, 2007), a co-editor of China Returns to Africa (with Daniel Large and Chris Alden, Hurst/Columbia UP 2008) and The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States (with James Mayall, Hurst/Columbia UP, 2011).

He holds a BA in politics from the University of York, an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD, both from the University of Cambridge.