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Katarzyna Baran

Katarzyna Baran

PhD Candidate

I am interested in International Development Cooperation, especially in South-South Cooperation and receivers' perceptions.


I graduated from Warsaw University (International Relations and Psychology). During my master's programme at Rio de Janeiro State University I conducted a field research in Haiti on Brazilian development cooperation. Afterwards, I worked for a Brazilian NGO Viva Rio in Haiti which was an opportunity to observe South-South Cooperation from the ground. In 2015, I joined a research project in Haiti coordinated by the Mora Institute. Together with a group of Latin-American researchers we analyzed development cooperation of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Dominican Republic. Currently, I am working on the Haitian perceptions of a broader spectrum of donors/cooperation partners. I speak Polish, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Haitian creole.


  • 2015-2016 research assistant at the Mora Institute (Mexico) in partnership with ECLAC
  • Field researcher in the project "Five years after the earthquake in Haiti: lessons learned from the South-South Cooperation. The cases of Brazil, Chile and Mexico"; research conducted in Haiti.
  • 2014 - 2015: pedagogical coordinator at Viva Rio (Haiti)


  • PhD candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge (since 2016)
  • Master of Arts (mestre) in International Relations, Rio de Janeiro State University (2012-2014)
  • Master of Arts (magister) in Psychology, Warsaw University (2004-2010)
  • Master of Arts (magister) in International Relations, Warsaw University (2003-2008)
  • Specialization in Latin American Studies, Complutense University of Madrid (2006-2007)


  • 2017 Royal Geographical Society IBG Postgraduate Research Award
  • 2016 Transferable Skills Grant, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2013 - 2014 Scholarship of the Brazilian Ministry of Education - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel
  • 2006 - 2007 Scholarship for Academic Achievements, Polish Ministry of Education.
  • 2005 -2006 Scholarship for Academic Achievements, Polish Ministry of Education


My current research project "International Development Cooperation from below: recipients' perceptions of development cooperation in Haiti" focuses on examining whether and how Haitian state and non-state intermediaries perceive and experience their recipient status with a wide variety of donors and development partners. As the majority of studies are focused on the donors' point of view, particularly in relation to South-South partnerships, reversing this trend will offer new insights for research and practice.

The focus is different modalities in health and agriculture. The two sectors are important for diverse development actors present in Haiti; they have also been defined as priority areas by the Haitian government.

In its theoretical framework, the topic is analysed through constructivist and post-colonial approaches, examining the framing, agency and resistance of receivers in the narrative of foreign aid/development cooperation, with influence of critical development theories when it comes to the actual development practices on the ground.


  • Baran, K. PRI - Meksykański fenomen. Ameryka Łacińska, v. 1, p. 63-69, 2009. 2.
  • Baran, K. Polnocnoamerykańskie Porozumienie o Wolnym Handlu i jego skutki dla Meksyku. Ameryka Łacińska, v. 3-4, p. 51-60, 2007.
  • Baran, K. Brudna wojna w Argentynie i jej ofiary. Ameryka Łacińska, v. 2, p. 89-97, 2006.