Ruben Gonzalez Vicente
University Lecturer in Global Political Economy
My work lies at the intersection of political economy, political geography, development studies, and critical geopolitics. I am particularly interested in South-South relations, China’s global footprint (with a specific focus on China’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean), conflict around natural resources and development, and the transformation of politics under late capitalism.
The broad focus of my research is South-South relations, although I am critical of statist understandings of the ‘South’ that ignore the many problematic power relations that characterize the ‘rise of the South’ under late capitalist and post-colonial conditions. My research has paid particular attention to the developmental patterns that emerge out of China’s engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean. From this vantage point, I have engaged debates on issues such as the internationalization of Chinese capital, China’s foreign policy, the developmental impacts of Chinese investments and development cooperation, and the role of natural resources in contested processes of development. More recently, I have also written a number of articles on the contemporary transformation of politics following decades of neoliberal globalization.
I am willing to supervise MA students on projects concerning South-South relations and development cooperation (with a particular interest in China); the politics of international development; natural resources and development; neoliberalism and state transformation; and the contemporary rise of nationalism and populism in a context of neoliberal globalization. For PhD projects, I welcome enquiries from prospective applicants interested in topics related to my own research, including China’s relations with the Global South (in particular Latin America and the Caribbean); the role of natural resources in processes of development; and the transformation of politics under late capitalism.
- Global Political Economy
- Critical Development Studies
- Critical Geopolitics
- South-South Relations
- China's Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean
2009 - 2012: PhD in Geography, St. John's College, University of Cambridge.
2007 - 2009: MPhil in Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
2006 - 2007: Diploma in Chinese Language, Peking University.
2003 - 2007: BA in Chinese Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid.
2000 - 2005: BA in English Philology, University of A Coruña.
2017: University Lecturer, LIAS, Leiden University
2012 - 2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong
- Alami I., Dixon A.D., Gonzalez Vicente R., Babic M., Lee S.O., Medby I.A. & Graaff N. de (2021), Geopolitics and the ‘new’ state capitalism, Geopolitics : 1-29.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2021), Global China's Business Frontier: Chinese Enterprises and the Reach of the State. In: Pieke F.N. & Iwabuchi K. (Eds.) Global East Asia Into the Twenty-First Century. Oakland, California: University of California Press. 253-262.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2021), Over Hills and Valleys Too: China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Caribbean. In: Schneider F. (Ed.) Global Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative: Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. 171-194.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2021), Why a critical geopolitics cannot be Confucian, Dialogues in Human Geography 11(2): 248-252.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. & Montoute A. (2021), A Caribbean perspective on China–Caribbean relations: global IR, dependency and the postcolonial condition, Third World Quarterly 42(2): 219-238.
- Gonzalez-Vicente R. (2020), The liberal peace fallacy: violent neoliberalism and the temporal and spatial traps of state-based approaches to peace, Territory, Politics, Governance 8(1): 100-116.
- Gonzalez-Vicente R. (2020), Varieties of capital and predistribution: The foundations of Chinese infrastructural investment in the Caribbean, Made in China Journal 5(1): 164-168.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2019), Make development great again? Accumulation regimes, spaces of sovereign exception and the elite development paradigm of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Business and Politics 21(4): 487-513.
- Carroll T., Gonzalez-Vicente R. & Jarvis D.S.L. (2019), Capital, conflict and convergence: a political understanding of neoliberalism and its relationship to capitalist transformation, Globalizations 16(6): 778-803.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2019), Where is the South? Global, postcolonial and intersectional perspectives.. In: Mawdsley E., Fourie E., Nauta W. (Eds.) Researching South-South Development Cooperation: The Politics of Knowledge Production. London: Routledge.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2017), China and the United States in the Andes. In: Denoon David B.H. (Ed.) China, the U.S. and the Future of Latin America. New York: New York University Press. 209-231.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. & Carroll T. (2017), Politics after national development: Explaining the populist rise under late capitalism, Globalizations 14(6): 991-1013.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2017), South-South relations under world market capitalism: The state and the elusive promise of national development in the China-Ecuador resource-development nexus, Review of International Political Economy 24(5): 881-903.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2017), The empire strikes back? China's new racial sovereignty, Political Geography 59: 139-141.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2015), The limits to China's non-interference foreign policy: Pro-state interventionism and the rescaling of economic governance, Australian Journal of International Affairs 69(2): 205-223.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2013), Development dynamics of Chinese resource-based investment in Peru and Ecuador, Latin American Politics and Society 55(1): 46-72.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2012), Mapping Chinese mining investment in Latin America: Politics or market?, The China Quarterly 209: 35-58.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2012), The political economy of Sino-Peruvian relations: A new dependency?, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 41(1): 97-131.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2011), China’s engagement in South America and Africa’s extractive sectors: New perspectives for resource curse theories, The Pacific Review 24(1): 65-87.
- Gonzalez Vicente R. (2011), The internationalization of the Chinese state, Political Geography 30(7): 402-411.
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