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Bruno Theodoro Luciano

Bruno Theodoro Luciano is a political scientist and International Relations scholar. His postdoctoral research at the Université libre de Bruxelles will focus on the political developments of the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean relations, examining their inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary dimensions.


Host University: Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Host research group or department: Recherche et Etudes en Politique Internationale - REPI
Co-host University: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Secondment institution: To be defined
Advisor: Dr. Elisa Lopez Lucia
Co-advisor: To be defined
Secondment mentor: To be defined

Bruno Luciano
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My research

EU-Latin America relations and the limits of normative inter-regionalism

This project aims to understand how recent the political transformations in Latin America and Europe have affected the normative component of EU-LAC inter-regional relations. By assessing both the latest developments of the inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary dimensions of EU-LAC relations, it intends to understand the impact of recent disintegration trends encountered within the two regions on EU-LAC inter-regionalism. Therefore, it aims to analyse whether the principles historically supported by the two regions in their relationship have been contested or deteriorated by the newly-elected leaders/parties in the two sides, and what are the manifested effects when it comes to this particular inter-regional relations. In doing so, this action will also examine the stage of current EU-LAC, EU-Brazil, and EU-Mexico Strategic Partnerships, considering that these three dimensions are key components of EU-LAC overall relations. Although previous literature on the topic has vastly explored the history and the key issues of EU-LAC relations, the new disintegrative dynamics identified have demanded novel studies to assess how the normative features of current and future inter-regional relations between the two continents have been challenged. By simultaneously looking at three spheres of EU-LAC hybrid inter-regionalism, this research intends to innovate by not only examining one aspect of EU-LAC relations as done by previous studies. In fact, it aims to reach a comprehensive assessment of EU-LAC overall relations by combining and contrasting three of their component dimensions (EU-LAC SP, EU-Brazil SP, and EU-Mexico SP), highlighting key differences and commonalities among them.

Date started – Date End

15.01.2023 - 14.01.2025