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Dr Pia Riggirozzi PhD

Associate Professor in Global Politics

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Dr Pia Riggirozzi is Associate Professor in Global Politics within Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Pía Riggirozzi is Associate Professor in Global Politics at the University of Southampton, where she has worked since 2009.

At Southampton, Pía is a member of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance ( In 2006 Pía was awarded a PhD University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies. Before, she obtained degrees from the University of Miami, School of International Studies, Florida, USA (MSc, 2001) ; FLACSO/ Argentina (MSc, 1997) and the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (BA International Relations, 1995).

In 2007 I was awarded an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (based at the University of Sheffield) which allowed me to focus on my single-authored book, ‘Advancing Governance in the South: What Roles for International Financial Institutions in Developing States?’ (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009). I am (Hon) Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Before coming to Southampton I worked at the University of Sheffield as Research Fellow for an ESRC funded project on Crisis and Post-Neoliberal Governance in South America.

My research has been published in journals including New Political Economy, Economy and Society, Development and Change, and Review of International Studies. I am currently engaged in a collaborative ESRC-DfID funded project titled ‘Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration: SADC and Unasur Health Policies’ that explores regional integration processes and poverty reduction in the South. 

Research Group: Globalization, development and inequality. Watch Pia talking about this research theme in the short video









Research interests

Global Governance and International Institutions, political economy of development, global and regional governance for development, power relations and policy processes involving international organisations and developing countries. I have a regional interest in the political economy of the Americas although I have also worked on comparative political economy.

Work in progress

My main research and teaching interests relate to the theory and practice of international political economy, with a particular focus on regional integration, governance and governance for development. I have a regional interest in the political economy of the Americas. My work looks at the various agreements, dynamics and constellations of actors, interests and power resources that define national and regional governance arrangements in Latin America; devoting particular attention to how these governance arrangements engage with democracy, inclusion, and social development.

I am currently working on an innovative research agenda on the relationship between regional integration and poverty reduction in Latin America. I explore theoretically and empirically two inter-related yet under-explored issues: the linkages between regional integration and social development; and the significance of regional policies and inter-regional agreements for social policy and social development.

My new and on-going research projects include:

  • Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration: a comparative analysis of Southern regionalisms, as advanced by SADC and UNASUR, and health policies
  • Global and regional governance, especially the governance of health
  • Post-hegemonic regionalism in Latin America
  • The political economy of development in Latin America and the politics of ‘post-neoliberalism’
Research supervision

I am happy to supervise students in the areas of Latin America Political Economy, development, and regionalism, and more specifically in relation to the research interests listed on my profile. Please contact me if you want to discuss a proposal for postgraduate research.

Current research

I am actively involved in research for Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration: SADC and Unasur Health Policies
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Listen to Pía Riggirozzi presenting her work on Regionalism, Activism & Rights: New Opportunities for Health Diplomacy in South America at the Open University. Dr Pía Riggirozzi analyses regional health diplomacy in South America, and argues that regional organizations can become sites for collective action and pivotal actors in the advocacy of rights to health.

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The Rise of New Powers, Global Governance, and Global Political Economy

Dr Pia Riggirozzi
Politics & International Relations Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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