Dr Eric Cezne

Postdoc Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5261
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: cezne@gcr21.org





Since 01/2022

Utrecht University

Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning

Postdoctoral Researcher

1/2021 - 12/2021

Free University of Amsterdam

Deprtment of Political Science and Public Administration

Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations

10/2016 - 09/2020

University of Groningen

Derptment of International Relations and International Organization

Ph.D Candidate in International Relations

04/2015 - 08/2016

Peace Research Institute Oslo

Dimensions of Security & Norwegian Center for Humanitarian Studies

Research Assistant

Current Projects

  • Co-editor, Edited Volume: "Africa’s Global Infrastructures: How transnational practices are (re)made in South–South relations" – w/ Jana Hönke & Yifan Yang (University of Bayreuth), IAI African Arguments series, Hurst & Co.
  • Co-applicant, Seed Funding Project: "Transformative investments in green hydrogen in the Global South" – w/ Kei Otsuki & Johan Scott (Utrecht University).
  • Co-editor, Special Issue: "'Valeu a pena?' (Was it worth it?): Taking stock of Vale’s mining operations in Africa" – w/ Ana Saggioro Garcia (PUC-Rio), The Extractive Industries and Society.


Dr Eric Cezne joined the research group 'Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Cooperation' in September 2022 and will be a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Centre until August 2023.

Research Project at the Centre

The New Right and the Co-production of Environmental Governance in the Brazilian Amazon

Brazil’s New Right, epitomized by the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro, is often seen as a negative and destructive force in global (environmental) cooperation. Particularly in the Amazon, the current Brazilian administration has rejected scientific consensus on the climate crisis, reversed decarbonization pledges, and fanned the flames of controversy. While acknowledging that this posits significant hindrances for multilateralism and its ability to cooperate on global environmental challenges, this project nuances that picture. It provides much needed insights into the intersection of radical right ecopolitical thought and environmental governance, which remains under-explored and scantly theorized, especially in the Global South.

In doing so, this project scrutinizes what it sees as a legitimacy paradox: while seemingly environmental pariahs – and thus sociologically illegitimate – under liberal structures, radical right-wing leaders, parties, movements, and ideologies in Brazil are vested with legitimate mandates to co-produce and shape the direction and dynamics of environmental, climate, and sustainability agendas in the Amazon. Transcending mere “anti-environmental”, “eco-fascist”, or “climate denialist” labels, the study aims to qualify critical readings of forces that are no longer constricted to the margins of international relations and crucially shape the politics of (global) environmental governance.

Research Interests

  • South-South relations
  • Extractive industries
  • Sustainability transitions
  • The New Right in the Global South
  • Green hydrogen


Alencastro, M. & Cezne, E. (2022). The South-South Investment That Never Happened: Vale in Guinea, The Extractive Industries and Society. doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2022.101147

Hönke, J., Cezne, E., & Yang, Y. (2022). Liminally Positioned in the South: Reinterpreting Brazilian and Chinese Relations with Africa. Global Society. doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2022.2094222

Cezne, E. & Wethal, U. (2022). Reading Mozambique’s mega-project developmentalism through the workplace: evidence from Chinese and Brazilian investments. African Affairs. doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adac019

Cezne, E. & Hönke, J. (2022). The multiple meanings and uses of South–South relations in extraction: The Brazilian mining company Vale in Mozambique. World Development, 151, 1-13. [105756]. doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105756

Cezne, E. (2019). Forging transnational ties from below: Challenging the Brazilian mining giant Vale S.A. across the South Atlantic. Extractive Industries and Society, 6(4), 1174-1183. doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2019.10.007

Cezne, E. & Hamann, E. (2016). Brazilian Peacekeeping: Challenges and Potentials in Turbulent Landscapes at Home and Internationally [PRIO Policy Brief]. www.prio.org/Publications/Publication/

Cezne, E., Gabrielsen Jumbert, M., & Bergtora Sandvik, K. (2016). Drones como veículos para a ação humanitária: perspectivas, oportunidades e desafios [Drones as vehicles for humanitarian action: perspectives, oppotunities and challenges]. Conjuntura Austral, 7(33-34). doi.org/10.22456/2178-8839.60267