Vinicius De Carvalho

Vinicius De Carvalho


  • Reader in Brazilian and Latin America Studies, War Studies
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Biographical details

Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho was born in Barra Mansa, Brazil. He received his PhD from the University of Passau, Germany, and his undergraduate and MA degrees from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. In 2021 he received a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Command and Staff College of the Brazilian Army. Dr. Carvalho is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He joined King’s in 2014 and before he was Associate Professor for Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University (2008-2014), Denmark, where he was also Director of the Latin American Centre (2012-2014). Vinicius was a Lieutenant in the Brazilian Army (2007-2008), serving in the Military Technical Corps.

At King’s, Dr Carvalho served as Vice Dean (International) for the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy between 2021 and 2023. Between 2020 and 2022, he was director of King’s Brazil Institute. At the War Studies Department, he was the Convener of the MA in Strategic Communications in 2022/23 and teaches UG modules on Latin America Security and International Relations. Dr Carvalho created in 2022 the Observatory of Democracy in Latin America (KODLA). 

Dr Carvalho is the Circle U. Academic Chair Programme Coordinator.

Dr Carvalho has played an active role contributing to the field of Brazilian studies, founding and editing Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies and as Editor of the Anthem Brazilian Studies Series.

Dr Carvalho is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic Studies of the Brazilian Navy. Parallel to his academic career, he is a music conductor and currently directs the King’s Brazil Ensemble.

Research interests


    • Brazilian and Latin American Studies
    • Civil-Military Relations
    • Peacekeeping Operations
    • Strategy
    • Strategic Communications
    • Brazilian Music, Literature and Culture

    In the field of Brazilian Studies, Dr. Carvalho’s research and publications are a reference within the field, covering a diverse range of areas including literature, music, religion, history, international relations and defence and security. In the fields of defence and security, Dr Carvalho specializes in Latin American and Brazilian Armed Forces, with reference to historical and contemporary issues. In his research and teaching, he covers aspects such as Brazilian participation in United Nations Peace Operations; civil-military relations; the role of the armed forces in police tasks; strategic communications; strategic thinking from a Latin American perspective and the relationship between the arts, music and conflict.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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