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E.M. Cezne, MSc

PhD Candidate

Eric Cezne is a PhD Candidate at the Center for International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, and a researcher within the ERC-funded Africa's Infrastructure Globalities (INFRAGLOB) project, led by Prof. dr. Jana Hönke.

In his PhD, he looks at modalities of South-South relations through large-scale extractive infrastructure arrangements. The empirical focus lies on the engagement of the Brazilian resource multinational Vale S.A. in mining and logistic projects in Mozambique, namely at the Moatize coal-mine in Tete and the associated Nacala rail corridor. The project seeks to generate tools to understand South-South relations more broadly,  bringing state, corporate, and civil society experiences of globalization outside the West into focus. In doing so, it sheds fresh light on the advancement of Southern actors and investments across the African continent. The research is based on fieldwork in Mozambique and Brazil.

Before joining the University of Groningen, Eric worked at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) as Research Assistant and Administrative Coordinator for the Norwegian Center for Humanitarian Studies. He holds an MA in International Relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and his research interests include the political geographies of (extractive) infrastructures, South-South relations, the role of rising powers in global governance, and peace operations.


Cezne, E. (2019). Forging transnational ties from below: Challenging the Brazilian mining giant Vale S.A. across the South Atlantic. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6(4), 1174-1183.

Cezne, E. & Hamann, E. (2016). 'Brazilian Peacekeeping: Challenges and Potentials in Turbulent Landscapes at Home and Internationally', PRIO Policy Brief 22. Oslo: PRIO.

Cezne, E., Jumbert, M. G., & Sandvik, K. B (2016). Drones como veículos para a ação humanitária: perspectivas, oportunidades e desafios [Drones as vehicles for humanitarian action: perspectives, opportunities and challenges]. Conjuntura Austral7(33-34), 45-60.

Last modified:30 May 2020 09.39 a.m.

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9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands