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Maria Berta Ecija has been a PhD candidate at King's Brazil Institute and at the African Leadership Centre since January 2017. Her research is in the field of international relations, where she focuses on global health diplomacy. She is working on a case study on Brazil and Mozambique's cooperation in health.

She holds a BA in International Relations from the Universidade de Vila Velha- Brazil and an MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy from City University of London.


Thesis: 'The Outcomes and Drivers of Global Health Diplomacy: Lessons from Brazil and Mozambique cooperation in health'

The thesis discusses the co-relation between health and power in different international agendas such as security, economics & trade, and human rights. The research addresses the usage of health as a soft power, or even hard power, tool to engage in these major influential agendas.

Maria Berta's research interests include: International Relations, IR Theories, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, Global Health Diplomacy, South-South Technical Cooperation in Health, PALOPs health diplomacy, Brazil foreign policy in health

PhD supervision

Further details

See Maria Berta's research profile

GTA activities

  • Introduction to Politics: Department of History and Politics of the Americas at University College London (Undergraduate 2019-2020)
  • Contemporary Brazil: School of Global Affairs at King's College London (Master's 2020/1)
  • Key Concepts in Global Health: School of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London (2020-2021)
  • Adaption to flexible online learning modules: Contemporary Brazil: School of Global Affairs (KBI)
  • The State and Development in Africa and Asia: School of Global Affairs (ALC)
  • Leadership and Society: School of Global Affairs (ALC)