Fernando Preusser de Mattos is a postgraduate at the IFSH. He has been a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hamburg since April 2016. He is working on his doctoral thesis at the IFSH with the support of a research scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Fernando received a Master’s degree in Political Science and a BA in International Relations from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. From 2014 to 2016, he worked as a research assistant at the Center for International Studies on Government (CEGOV), based at UFRGS, before which he was an exchange student at the Institute of Political Science of the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen from 2011 to 2012.
In his doctoral research, Fernando Mattos investigates the role of think tanks in the development of a dialogue on foreign and security policy issues between Brazil and the European Union. The empirical focus lies on the “Forte de Copacabana” International Security Conferences, an annual gathering of European and South American civil and military officials as well as experts and civil society groups held in Rio de Janeiro. Fernando also studies how think tanks and knowledge networks influence policy processes and informal diplomatic mechanisms in Europe and South America. In addition, his research and publications have covered areas such as EU-Latin America relations, EU-Brazil relations as well as international cooperation and development in the Global South.