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Dr Sean Burges

PhD (Warwick) in Politics and International Studies; MA (Western Ontario) in Political Science
Lecturer in International Relations
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Political Science Not Elsewhere Classified 160699

Research interests

Brazilian foreign policy, inter-American affairs and emerging market countries (BRICs) in world affairs, with special reference to trade and foreign aid.

The politics of foreign aid, particularly South-South development cooperation.


Sean is a senior lecturer in international relations with the School of Politics and International Relations. From 2012-2014 he was an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow at the Australian National University. He comes to ANU after three and half years working in the Government of Canadam where from 2006-2007 he was the Cadieux-Leger Fellow with the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, a Senior Planning Analyst with Canada Border Services Agency (2007-2008) and a Senior Policy Analysis in the policy branch of the Canadian International Development Agency (2008-2010), where he helped implement new Canadian development assistance legislation and lay the groundwork for policy engagement with emerging Southern development actors.

Previous to his time in government he was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Lecturer of the Third World in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Researcher's projects

Brazil's emerging provision of South-South development cooperation assistance;

The national and international dimensions of state-business relations in Brazil, focusing on major multinationals such as Petrobras, Vale, Odebrecht and Eletrobras and state institutions such as the BNDES and Banco do Brasil; Brazil's engagement with the global political economy;Brazilian management
of the G-20 Trade in the WTO.


Projects and Grants

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