Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford




Research Interests: 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

Languages: English, Portuguese, French, Spanish

Bio: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is an Associate Professor in Comparative politics (African politics) in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a fellow of St Peter’s College in Oxford, and a fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. He has worked in the field of governance and the extractive industries for the World Bank, the European Commission, Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), and the French Ministry of Defense, among others. Soares de Oliveira 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 a coeditor of China Returns to Africa (with Daniel Large and Chris Alden, 2008) and The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States (with James Mayall, 2011). He holds a BA in politics from the University of York, and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.