Manaíra Assunção

Manaíra Assunção

ESR13: Domestic Health Expert Communities and Policies: Shaping South-South cooperation of Brazil, China, India and South Africa

Host Institution: Universität Hamburg

Contact: manaira.assuncao(at)

I am a Marie Curie Fellow and PRIMO Early Stage Researcher based at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Hamburg. My research investigates BRICS’ domestic health expert communities and their participation in South-South development cooperation projects while critically assessing the ways in which the discourse of horizontal partnerships enables “common” policy solutions.

I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Relations by the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio). I started a Bachelor in International Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA, England) before moving back to Brazil. At the BRICS Policy Center in Rio de Janeiro, I continued research in International Development Cooperation with special focus on South-South cooperation and the BRICS as well as Brazil’s development cooperation practices.

While my Bachelor focused on the changing landscape of aid and the principle of ownership as promise to reform traditional donor-recipient relations, my Master thesis explored Brazil’s health cooperation practices assigning a critical policy analysis about the strategic translation processes within South-South partnerships. I co-authored an article published by Third Word Quarterly with a historical sociological approach to North-South and South-South cooperation.

My research interests include global governance in international development cooperation and global health as well as the impact of emerging powers/BRICS, with emphasis on South-South cooperation and health development.