Flavio Lira

Dr. Flávio Lira


Flávio Augusto Lira Nascimento is adjunct professor of International Relations at the Federal University of the Pampas in Brazil. His research has mainly focused on: a) Russian Foreign Policy and Energy Geopolitics; and b) Brazil's Energy Policymaking. As a professor, he has mostly taught International Relations Theory, Energy Geopolitics, Russian Foreign Policy, and Political Theory. Flávio has researched energy as a relevant part of the geopolitical realm since 2011, first concentrating on Russia's hydrocarbon relations with China and Central Asia (University of São Paulo) and later including Brazil in his work (as a research fellow at the European Center for Energy and Resource Security at King's College London). Returning to Brazil from England in 2015, he developed accredited research groups working on Energy Geopolitics and Eurasian Geopolitics. His main research interests are: Brazilian energy policymaking, sustainable policymaking in times of democratic deficit, Russian foreign policy and energy geopolitics, and the geopolitics of traditional and non-traditional energy resources. At the IASS he is currently researching Brazil's renewable energy policymaking under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro and its impact on Brazil-Germany relations.

I. Professional experience

  • February 2020-present: Postdoc fellow currently at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation)
  • 2011-present: Professor of International Relations - Federal University of the Pampas (UNIPAMPA)
  • 2017-2019: head of the International Relations Undergraduate Programme - Federal University of the Pampas (UNIPAMPA)
  • February to July 2010: Substitute professor of International Relations - São Paulo State University

II. Degrees

  • 2011 - 2015 PhD in International Relations, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Dissertation: Limitations to Chinese-Russian cooperation in Central Asia: the lack of a joint local management of hydrocarbon flow between Moscow and Beijing, 2015.
  • 2006 - 2008 Master's degree in International Relations, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil Thesis: Russian Federation and NATO: analyzing Moscow's policies towards the Western Alliance, 2008.
  • 2002 - 2005 Bachelor's degree in International Relations, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil Final essay: Refugees in contemporary Brazil - from international roots to the the domestic scenario, 2005

III. Additional academic experience

  • 2015 - 2015 Latin America in Global Governance (PhD course), Centre for Development and the Environment/SUM Research School, University of Oslo, UIO, Norway
  • 2014 - 2015 Fellowship at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King's College London, England (funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation)

IV. Additional academic experience

  • 2016-present: Group of Analysis of Energy Geopolitics (founder and coordinator): 1 graduate and 10 undergraduate students currently being supervised.
  • 2011-present: Group of Eurasian Studies (founder and coordinator): 1 graduate and 7 undergraduate students currently being supervised
  • 2012-2013: Uruguayan Foreign Policy Watch (coordinator)
  • 2011-2012: Paraguayan Foreign Policy Watch (coordinator)
  • 2006-2010: Brazilian Foreign Policy Watch (coordinator)

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Publikationen am IASS

Publikationen vor der Tätigkeit am IASS


  • O desenvolvimento de um regime de segurança sino-russo para a Ásia Central. MONÇÕES: REVISTA DE RELAÇÕES INTERNACIONAIS DA UFGD, v. 5, p. 246-274, 2016.
  • La Caída del Granero - Desafíos Políticos en Ucrania. Ágora Internacional, v. 4ª ed., p. 29-32, 2007.

Book chapters

  • Between global aspirations and domestic imperatives: the case of Brazil In: Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, v.1, p. 354-368.
  • Brazil's Management of Oil and Gas: State Centrism Versus Liberalism In: The International Political Economy of Oil and Gas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, v.1, p. 209-224.
  • A segurança na Europa Centro-Oriental: uma breve visão histórica In: PAZ E GUERRA: DEFESA E SEGURANÇA ENTRE AS NAÇÕES. São Paulo: Editora Unesp, 2013, p. 1-30.
  • Fronteiras do heartland clássico e percepções de segurança: governança interestatal cooperativa na Ásia Central In: Fronteiras em Movimento. Jundiaí: Paco Editorial, 2012, p. 159-173.

Papers published in annals of congresses and symposia

  • Percepções de ameaças e lealdades internacionais na Eurásia In: 36º Encontro Nacional da ANPOCS, 2012, Águas de Lindoia.
  • Fronteiras do heartland clássico e percepções de segurança: governança interestatal cooperativa na Ásia Central In: III Simpósio de Pós-Graduação em Relações Internacionais San Tiago Dantas, 2011, São Paulo.

Magazine articles

  • Brazil's rising hydrocarbon-foreign policy mix. EUCERS Newsletter. London, p.5 -7, 2014.
  • Poliglotismo e Turismo. Mundo RI, 2009.
  • Não estamos nos esquecendo de alguém? Mundo RI-Relações Internacionais, 2008.
  • Os vícios geográficos na academia internacionalista brasileira. Mundo RI, 2008.
  • GAE-OMAM Review