Maria Eugenia Giraudo
Post Doctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC)
Maria Eugenia is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MA in International Political Economy from the same university. Prior to joining the University of Warwick, she worked as Academic Coordinator and Assistant to the Academic Directory at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Alternautas: (Re)Searching Development, a blog dedicated to issues of development in Latin America that publishes peer-reviewed articles as well as translations of texts by Latin American scholars.
Her doctoral thesis, titled 'Uneven development and the governance of agricultural commodity booms: the case of soybean in South America', addressed the uneven outcomes of the latest commodity boom and accompanying global food crisis (2007/2008) by exploring how the rapid spread of soybean has transformed the landscape and political economy of South American countries. Her research develops an interdisciplinary approach that links together issues of natural resource governance, development, and transformations in the global political economy to explore the ways in which countries of South America govern commodity booms. Her thesis examines how global price peaks in commodities markets affect the ways in which food-producing states manage the wealth created during commodity booms and how this wealth is subsequently distributed among different sectors of society.