Marieke Riethof has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and is a lecturer in Latin American Politics at the University of Liverpool.
Her past research and publications focused on political strategies of the labour movement in Brazil, including the Latin American regional context. She is currently finishing a book on the trajectory and political strategies of the Brazilian labour movement. Her new research projects focus on Brazilian foreign policy in the context of international relations in Latin America. The project examines traditional as well as non-traditional areas of foreign policy, including environmental politics and human rights. In May 2011, she was an expert witness at the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on UK-Brazil relations and Brazil's emerging global role. A second project deals with the role of transnational solidarity movements and exile in the opposition to military dictatorship in Chile with an initial focus on the UK.