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Maria Berta Ecija is a PhD student with the King's Brazil Institute and the African Leadership Centre. She joined King's in 2017.

Her research focuses on the field of health diplomacy, looking at the cooperation agreements signed amongst Brazil and lusophone Africa since the early 2000s, with a particular focus on Brazil and Mozambique.

She has a BA in International Relations from the University of Vila Velha (UVV), Espirito Santo, Brazil (2015), and a MA Diplomacy and Foreign Policy from the City University of London (2016). Her master's dissertation focused on how environmental exploitation affects basic human rights, specifically as part of the Samarco dam programme.


Thesis: 'International humanitarian aid after natural catastrophes: A case study of Haiti after the earthquake of 2004'

Maria Berta's research interests include: international relations; foreign policy and diplomacy; health diplomacy; international cooperation; the community of Portuguese speaking countries (CPLP); and South-South cooperation.

PhD supervision

Further details

See Maria Berta's research profile