Dr Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli (she/her)

Department of Politics and International Relations

Lecturer in International Relations

Co-Director of the Migraton Research Group

Deputy Director of One Univeristy Decolonising Teaching and Research.

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Dr Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Patrícia has a PhD in Political Science from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. Patrícia has a Bachelor’s degree (2014) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Brazil. Before joining the Department, Patrícia was a Social Science Research Fellow in Conflict and Migration at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at the University College London. In the last few years, Patrícia was a Visiting Scholar at the Zukunftskolleg (University of Konstanz, Germany), the Jacobs Centre for Productive Youth Development (University of Zurich, Switzerland), and the Carolina Population Centre (University of North Carolina, the USA).

Research interests

I have two main research agendas one on children in International Relations and another one on asylum and migration politics in Latin America. I develop studies on children (especially girls) involved in the Colombian armed conflict. I also reflect on the discourses surrounding migrant and refugee children in International Politics. My second research project considers the role of border agents (e.g. diplomats) in the control of family reunification of refugees in Brazil and Latin America. I am also interested in the role of border agents in the creation and implementation of humanitarian visas in Latin America.


Journal articles


Teaching interests

I have been teaching modules involving critical security perspectives, migration and global health.

Teaching activities
  • POL3165 - Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • POL244 Migration and World Politics
  • POL6604 Global Health and Global Politics
Professional activities and memberships

Associate researcher at the Núcleo de Pesquisa em Relações Internacionais (NUPRI/USP) and the Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Sobre Deslocados Ambientais (NEPDA/UEPB). Member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), the European International Studies Association (EISA), the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), the Associação Brasileira de Relações Internacionais (ABRI) and the International Migration Research Network (IMISCOE). Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI).

Phd Supervision

I would love to supervise students working on asylum and migration politics, children and childhoods and International Relations, human rights and Latin America topics.