Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Lorenza Fontana

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow


Lorenza is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow in the Politics Department. Upon the conclusion of her fellowship, she will start a Lectureship in International Politics. For the fellowship’s outgoing phase (2016-2018), she was based at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.  Prior to joining Newcastle University, Lorenza was an associate researcher at the Open University and at the Sheffield Institute for International Development. Lorenza has also served as political analyst and researcher for the United Nations Development Programme and other international organisations. She has held visiting positions at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.


  • B.A. in Communication and Journalism, University of Torino, IT
  • M.A. in International Relations, University of Bologna, IT
  • Ph.D in Politics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, IT 


  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (mother tongue)

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My research interests include contentious politics and conflict studies, human rights and global justice, multicultural citizenship and resource governance, with a focus on the Global South. My current work focuses on human rights law and the politics of domestic compliance of child labour, domestic work and indigenous rights conventions. I have conducted research on land governance, resource conflicts and identity politics in Latin America. I have also worked on the post-2015 development agenda and the challenges of identifying new research priorities and foster participation especially from the Global South within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Theoretically, my work is highly multidisciplinary, drawing from comparative politics and international relations, sociological approaches to collective action, and critical development theories.

Postgraduate Supervision

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.


2015 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship
2015 Royal Geographical Society Small Grant
2014 Innovation, Impact and Knowledge Exchange Collaborative Research and Development Award, University of Sheffield
2013 Worldwide University Network (WUN) Research Mobility Award
2013 Santander Research Mobility Award
2011 Erasmus Consortia Placement PGR Award  
2010 POR Regione Toscana PGR Award
2009 UNDESA and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joint Fellowship