I am a Visiting Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) - European University Institute, following a previous research stay as a 2022-2023 Policy Leader Fellow. I am also a PhD candidate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I hold a master in International Development with a specialisation in Politics and Governance from the University of Manchester – Global Development Institute (former Institute for Development Policy and Management). I also completed a postgraduate certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) while participating in the Hansard Research Scholar Programme. I obtained an undergraduate degree (bachelor and licenciatura with summa cum laude) in Political Science and Government (with studies in Law) from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP). I also participated in the international exchange programme at Sciences Po, Paris.
My doctoral project examines the effects of the judicialisation of grand corruption in the Lava Jato era (Peru and Brazil). I conducted research in Lima, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and Brasilia. My work has been supported by the DAAD, the Centre for International Migration and Development (joint operation of GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency), the Faculty of Humanities - at the University of Manchester, the Institute of Social Sciences - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Santander Latin American Study Award, King's College Doctoral Training Centre, King's College International Development Institute, Stellenbosch University, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, among others.
My broader research agenda includes gender and politics, international development, party finance and electoral spending, and governance. I am a keen linguist, fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, and I have a working knowledge of German.
I am deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. As a young woman from the 'Global South', I believe academic institutions and public debate should include underrepresented voices. I enjoy volunteering as a mentor for the Manchester Gold Programme (University of Manchester), KCL Mentoring Programme (King's College London), and formerly in the Queen's Young Leaders Awards (UK). I am the CEO and co-founded the NGO Voceras to close the gender gap in Peruvian media. I received an Alumni Volunteer of the Year in 2020 (University of Manchester) for this project.
I served as co-convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research's Standing Group on Latin American Politics, and I am part of the advisory committee of the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association.
I appear regularly in media analysing Peruvian politics, corruption and women's political representation in English and Spanish, including the New York Times, the BBC, the Financial Times, CNN, Bloomberg Línea, the Times and Peruvian media outlets (selection of interviews, podcasts, video and audio presentations here).
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When I am not working, I am looking for new eateries to try out, visiting galleries and museums, and looking for a music gig or planning a city break. I can do all those things here in Florence while embracing my Italian heritage. As a Peruvian-Italian or bachiche - a slang to describe South American descendants of Italians - I devote my free time to exploring the ties between Italy and Peru in food, popular culture, language, architecture...did I say food already?
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN - BERLIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (GERMANY)
PhD candidate - International Doctoral Programme in Political Science
KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
MPhil/PhD in Development Studies with reference to Emerging Markets (transferred to Humboldt-Universität)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (UNITED KINGDOM)
Hansard Research Scholar Programme
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (UNITED KINGDOM)
Master in International Development: Politics and Governance
SCIENCES PO - INSTITUT D’ÉTUDES POLITIQUES DE PARIS (FRANCE)
Undergraduate Exchange Programme
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU - PUCP (PERU)
Bsc in Social Sciences, Major in Political Science and Government
International Corruption (Lecturer), Undergraduate
Partidos y Sistema de Partidos - POL 206 (Lecturer), Undergraduate
2020 - 2021
International Corruption (Guest lecturer), Master in Management of Sustainable development Goals
Introduction to Political Science - POL102 (Lecturer), Undergraduate
Social Responsibility, Companies and the State - SOC782 (Lecturer), Master
Political Theory - POL762 (Lecturer) Master in Political Science, School of Government and Public Policy
KING’S COLLEGE LONDON
Introduction to Development Studies (Graduate Teaching Assistant), BA in International Development, Department of International Development
Rodriguez-Olivari Firenze Machiavelli
Il Sommo Poeta
Humboldt Forum, Berlin
2° Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum at Sciences Po
Sciences Po, Paris
Hamy, Vietnamese Cafe in Berlin. Top cheap eats in town.
Bilingual ads. Diversion in Spanish means 'fun'. Soho, London
Berlin below cero during the Covid lockdown. My toughest winter to date.
Virginia Woolf Blue Plaque
You know you are in Germany when...
Taller para lideresas digitales - Voceras
Read only the titles - Reading in times of Covid-19
"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it"
Denisse Rodriguez Olivari Lima Protest
What a protest in Downtown Lima looks like, Lima
Campus with a view
Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro
It was about time
One of the few intersection with street named after famous women, Berlin
Guy Fawkes Plaque
York, United Kingdom
Denisse Rodriguez Olivari Humboldt Unive
Main Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin building in Unter den Linden, Berlin
"Democracy is the power of informed people", Alexis de Tocqueville,
Denisse Rodriguez Olivari Jorge Pimentel
Ave Soul by Jorge Pimentel, Lima
Denisse Rodriguez Olivari Grimm Humboldt
Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum - Universitätsbibliothek, Berlin
Maughan Library at its finest
London, United Kingdom
Award-winning play Photograph 51 based on Rosalind Franklin
Noël Coward Theatre, London
Denisse Rodriguez Olivari Skyline Berlin.
Charlottenburg Skyline, Berlin
Mexico City goes online: Free hotspot
CDMX, Ciudad de Mexico
Permanent Assembly (Comisión Permanente) of the Peruvian Congress, Lima
Paitings seized during the Lava Jato Operation
Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba
Somerset House, London
The viva cards - getting ready
Chesham Building - KCL, London