Dr Lorenza Fontana
- Visiting Professor of International Politics (School of Social & Political Sciences)
Lorenza joined the Department of Politics in March 2022.
She held previous academic positions as Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University (UK), as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (USA), and as Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Sheffield (UK).
Before becoming a full-time academic, she served as political analyst and researcher at the United Nations Development Programme in Bolivia and did consultancy work for international organisations and NGOs, including Idea International and UNDP Europe and Central Asia.
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Lorenza's research has addressed questions around the ethnic politics of socio-environmental conflicts, the domestic politics of human rights of vulnerable groups (including indigenous peoples, domestic workers and working children), and, more recently, the contentious politics of wildfires. She has also worked on the post-2015 development agenda and the challenges of fostering engagement from the Global South within the Sustainable Development Goals.
Her work is highly multidisciplinary, drawing from comparative politics and international relations, sociological approaches to collective action, and critical development theories.
Principal Investigator 'Playing with fire: Using forum theatre to investigate social conflict in the aftermath of the 2019 Bolivian wildland fires' Urgency Award, AHRC (£150,000) 2020/2022
Principal Investigator ‘The Determinants of Inter-communal Conflicts in Rural Bolivia: New Evidence with Quantitative Data’, Pioneer Award, Newcastle University Institute for Social Science (£5,000) 2020/2021Principal Investigator, Returner's Support Programme, Newcastle University (£10,000) 2019/2020 Principal Investigator ‘Contentious Rights: A Comparative Study of International Human Rights Norms and their Effects on Domestic Social Conflict’ Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship, European Commission (€270,000) 2016/2020 Principal Investigator ‘Indigenous Voices: Assessing the Impact of Free Prior and Informed Consultation within Amazonian Communities’ Royal Geographical Society Small Grant (£3,000) 2015 Co-Investigator ‘ID100: Hundred Key Questions in International Development’ Innovation, Impact and Knowledge Exchange Collaborative Research and Development Award, University of Sheffield (£35,000) 2014 Research Mobility Award, Worldwide University Network (WUN) (£2,200) 2014 Santander Research Mobility Award (£1,200) 2013 Erasmus Consortia Placement Award (€3,150) 2011 POR Regione Toscana Award (€4.800) 2010 UNDESA and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joint Fellowship ($18,000) 2009
I am happy to supervise students working in any of my research interests, in particular politics of international development, Latin American politics, human rights and social justice, social movements and identity politics.
- English (fluent)
- Spanish (fluent)
- French (fluent)
- Italian (mother tongue)