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António Ferraz de Oliveira BA MA Ph.D

António Ferraz de Oliveira BA MA Ph.D

Whitworth Fellow in Human Geography, Downing College

Political Geographer and Intellectual Historian, interested in nineteenth-to-twentieth century thought on questions of territory, political spatiality and geopolitics.



  • 2018-present: Whitworth Fellow in Human Geography, Downing College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2015-2018: Seminar Tutor, Political and International Studies, University of Warwick.
  • 2013-2014: Research Assistant, Political and International Studies, University of Warwick.


  • Ph.D in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, 2018.
  • MA (Hons) in Political and Legal Theory, University of Warwick, 2014.
  • BA (Hons) in Geography, University of Cambridge, 2013.

College positions

  • Research Fellow, Downing College, 2018-present.
  • Director of Studies for Geography BA, Downing College, 2018-present.
  • Graduate Tutor, Downing College, 2019-2020.

Awards and scholarships

  • Nominated for Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates (WATE PGR), University of Warwick, 2018.
  • Ph.D. funded by Political Spaces Doctoral Studentship, PAIS, University of Warwick. 2014-2018.
  • Political and Legal Theory MA Prize, PAIS, University of Warwick. 2014.
  • Warwick MA scholarship, 2013.
  • RGS-IBS Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, 2013.
  • William Vaughan Lewis Prize, Geography, University of Cambridge, 2013.
  • George Aldridge Prize, Geography, University of Cambridge, 2013.
  • Association Prize, Downing College, 2013.
  • Seton Cavendish Prize, Downing College, 2013.


António's main research focuses on the intellectual histories underpinning conceptions of territory from the early nineteenth-century to the twentieth-century political and geographical thought. Within nineteenth-century thought, António has written on territorial imaginations of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin and Pyotr Kropotkin. Through his study of these unconventional thinkers, António has sought to map out how competing intellectual movements contested and sedimented modern conceptions of territory, with figures such as Victor Cousin, Augustin Thierry and Herbert Spencer playing critical innovative roles.

Within twentieth-century thought, António has been interested in understanding the history of geo-political thought, not least in terms of the continuities and discontinuities between interwar and post-1945 political geography. In recent work, he has discussed this by reference to the work of the political geographer Jean Gottmann, and his teachers, André Siegfried and Émile-Félix Gautier.

Beyond his interest in the intellectual history of geo-political thought, António has also been interested in thinking through the Anthropocene geopolitically, both in terms of geophysics, global governance and geostrategic imagination.


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  • University of Cambridge Postgraduate Training Lecture in Geography from 2019, on Research Design.
  • University of Cambridge Undergraduate Supervision in Geography from 2018 onwards, including Introduction to Human Geography; Geopolitics and Political Geography; and Historical Geographies of Globalisation; Dissertation Research Groups and Individual Dissertation.
  • University of Warwick Undergraduate Lecture in World Politics from 2017-2018, on 'States and Territory'
  • University of Warwick Undergraduate Seminars in World Politics and Introduction to Politics from 2015-2018.