Carolina Fontes dos Santos*

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Received Sylff fellowship in 2022
Academic supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl
Current affiliation: Geneva Graduate Institute

Carolina Fontes dos Santos is a PhD candidate in International Relations/ Political Science at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and Affiliate at the Gender Centre. Her research focuses on feminist movements in rural areas in Brazil and their participation in international food governance through their engagement in transnational social movements. Her aim is to highlight the importance of grassroot communities and their mobilization in transnational organizing arrangements to negotiate political voice as well as public policies in current global governance and in international organizations. Her research draws on a feminist historical materialism approach and seeks to challenge a binary perspective to the local-global analysis.

She is interested in furthering contributions to the field of global food governance, exploring counter-hegemonic forces that emerge within it, with a feminist and gender studies perspective. Counting on a transformative gender approach, her analysis challenges patriarchal international organization’s structures and delves into new forms of mobilizing internationally that could bring a positive social change to women’s lives around the world. Her research is committed with a positive social impact as it analyses feminist movements through critical feminist and gender theories that seek to engage actively in constructing a more egalitarian and just society.

Carolina is a researcher-activist interested in gender issues, feminist international political economy, social movements, transnational participation, food sovereignty, and food systems.


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