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Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho received his PhD at Passau University, Germany in 2006 (major in Romance Literature; minors in Latin America Culture and Fundamental Theology). He graduated from the University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil with a BA in 'Letras' in 1997 and an MA in Religious Studies in 2001. He is also educated and published in Music and Musicology, and performs as a professional conductor.

Vinicius was a Lieutenant in the Brazilian Army (2007-2008), serving in the Military Technical Corps. During military service, he developed projects in Brazilian Military History and Military Music. At Aarhus University (AU) in Denmark, he coordinated the Brazilian Studies programme (2008-2014), was Director of the Latin American Centre (2012-2014) and editor of the Journal 'Diálogos Latinoameircanos'. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor at Passau University,  and also taught at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. 

Vinicius has a broad interest within the field of Brazilian Studies. His plural academic background and personal trajectory have provided him with a wide understanding of Brazil from diverse fields, including literature, culture, history, religion, society, defence and politics. He joined King's College London in September 2014.


  • Brazilian participation in peacekeeping operations (PKO)
  • Epistemology of Brazilian Studies – how to define the field and meaning of Brazilian Studies today?
  • Artistic production of the Brazilian soldiers during WWII

Vinicius's research addresses what is considered to be a successful peacekeeping operation (PKO), focusing specifically on the lessons-learnt and taught in the southern hemisphere. This includes the mandates and outcomes of those missions that have already concluded, in order to establish the parameters that will help with the planning and execution of future PKOs. He works collaboratively with scholars in Latin America, Africa and Asia, to research the countries which have historically used troops to keep peace.

Currently, he is investigating whether specific armed forces from certain countries are successful in implementing mandates and conducting PKOs. The main hypothesis is that countries in which armed forces have historically been involved in national development and civilian affairs consistently deliver more robust PKOs.


PhD supervision

Principal supervisor

  • Hayle Gadelha, 'The Exhibition of Modern Brazilian Paintings (UK, 1944/5) within Brazilian foreign policy' (2015- )
  • Maria Berta Ecija Salgado, 'Health Diplomacy: Brazil and Mozambique partnership in health' (2017- )
  • Christoffer Guldberg, 'Citizenship and Pacification – Disrupting and Disputing Citizenship' (2016- )
  • Maisa Edwards, 'How have Brazil’s military and diplomatic relations developed within the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone (ZOPACAS) between 1986-2016?' (2018- )

Secondary supervisor

  • Anna Grimaldi, 'Brazil and the Transnational Human Rights Movement' (2015- )

Further details

See Vinicius' research profile