Ruben Gonzalez Vicente

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I welcome suggestions and proposals for PhD supervision on projects concerning South-South relations and development cooperation, and in particular China’s relations with the Caribbean and Latin America.


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Research interests

Global Political Economy.
Political Geography.
South-South relations.
Global China.
Latin America and the Caribbean.


Ruben’s research explores contemporary South-South relations, although remaining critical of statist understandings of the ‘South’ that ignore emerging international hierarchies, and class or postcolonial inequalities. Ruben’s research has focused primarily on China’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. From this vantage point, his work has addressed the internationalization of Chinese capital, China’s foreign policy, the social and environmental impacts of Chinese investments and development cooperation, and the role of natural resources and infrastructure in contested processes of development. Ruben has also published a number of articles on the transformation of politics following decades of neoliberal globalization.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Ruben worked as an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong (2012-16) and as a University Lecturer at the University of Leiden (2017-2021).


  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • MPhil in Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
  • Diploma in Mandarin Chinese, Peking University.
  • BA in Chinese Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • BA in English Philology, University of A Coruña.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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