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Thomas Fröhlich

Thomas Fröhlich

Thomas Fröhlich joined King's Brazil Institute in October 2012. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Munich. Coming from a Political Science background, Thomas is very excited about the renewed attention being paid to Latin America, and Brazil in particular, by European researchers.

In his previous degree, Thomas focused on governance in multi-layered systems and was able to apply the knowledge gained to his job as a political consultant in Berlin. Over this three-year period, he advised private companies and institutions on strategy development regarding political decision-making. He also worked closely with the German Bundestag as well as with EU and NATO institutions.

For his PhD research, Thomas is looking at Brazil's options in shaping transnational governance through foreign policy strategies that are based on “soft power” and how those strategies shift to “hard power” or “smart power” respectively with the rise of Brazil as a regional and global powerhouse. The main focus of his study is on Brazil’s ethanol diplomacy; the working title of his thesis is: "Brazil’s international ethanol – A new world order through South-South cooperation?" Building off of his work experience, Thomas will focus on the connections between energy, climate change, and security questions within Brazilian foreign policy.

Aside from his PhD, Thomas works as a freelance consultant and remains active in German politics and grassroots campaigning. Feel free to contact Thomas at

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