Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Non-Resident Fellow


Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is Professor of the International Politics of Africa at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University; fellow at St Peter's College at Oxford; and a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. He has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2011-12. Prior to starting at Oxford in September 2007, he was the Austin Robinson Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an associate of the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University. He has also been a Joseph C. Fox Fellow at the Centre of International and Area Studies at Yale University and a visiting scholar at both the Centre d'etudes et recherches internationales (Sciences-Po) in Paris and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

He has worked in the field of governance and the energy sector for the World Bank, the European Commission, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the French Ministry of Defence, among others. His research interests include African politics (particularly West and Central Africa), comparative politics, and international political economy, especially in the fields of energy, natural resource extraction, state weakness and post-conflict reconstruction. Soares de Oliveira has focused on the issue of oil and governance in the Gulf of Guinea, where he has conducted extensive fieldwork. He is the author of Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea (Hurst Publishers and Columbia University Press, 2007), a co-editor of China Returns to Africa: A Rising Power and a Continent Embrace (with Daniel Large and Christopher Alden, Hurst/Columbia UP 2008), The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States (with James Mayall, 2011), and a contributing author to Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor (Catholic Relief Services, 2003). His most recent book is Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War (Hurst 2015).

He holds a bachelor's degree in politics from the University of York, an MPhil in international relations, and a PhD, both from the University of Cambridge.

Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish

Recent Publications

Commentary 15 November 2016

Facing Up to Authoritarian Influence-Peddling

by Thorsten Benner, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
Financial Times

Commentary 09 November 2016

Wir brauchen eine Abwehrstrategie

by Thorsten Benner, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Commentary 15 March 2016

Angola’s Dos Santos Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night

by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
Financial Times

Article 05 November 2015

To Intervene in Darfur, or Not

by Harry Verhoeven, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, J. Madhan Mohan
Global Society

Commentary 28 October 2015

Angola’s Perfect Storm

by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
Foreign Affairs

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