Dr. Eric Cezne

Eric Cezne is a postdoctoral researcher associated with the inFRONT: Inside Investment Frontiers of Sustainability Transitions project. His expertise lies at the intersections of International Relations and Development Studies, underpinned by an interest in the politics of the Global South and South–South relations (broadly interpreted), particularly in contexts shaped by infrastructural development, natural resource extraction, and sustainability transitions.


At Utrecht University, his work revolves around two research vectors: (i) on the (geo)politics and socio-spatial implications of green hydrogen transitions in the Global South; and (ii) on the consequences and lived experiences of infrastructure development in the Amazon rainforest. Together with the inFRONT team, Eric seeks to expand scholarly understandings of the politics, trans-scalarity, and effects of concerted global sustainability frameworks and transitions – as manifested in and across the Global South.


Prior to Utrecht University, Eric has completed a PhD in International Relations (cum laude, 2021) at the University of Groningen, approaching the signification and articulation of South–South relations in expanding mining frontiers. He has taught at the Free University of Amsterdam (Dep. of Political Science and Public Administration) and worked for the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Eric was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – associated with the Global Governance of Climate Change and Sustainability policy field.


Eric has published peer-reviewed articles in World Development, African Affairs, Global Society, and The Extractive Industries and Society, policy-oriented research and popular pieces, and has co-edited the book Africa's Global Infrastructures: South-South Transformations in Practice (Hurst & Oxford University Press). He has conducted ethnographic research and fieldwork in Mozambique, Brazil, and Haiti, with experience in vulnerable & conflict affected situations and critical global biomes such as the Amazon rainforest.