Dr Luis da Vinha


College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South (321)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Luis da Vinha is a Lecturer in International Relations and is the coordinator of the Master of International Relations. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

Luis is also a member of the Grupo de Estudos Avançados sobre Paz e Conflitos Internacionais (Brazil). Prior to joining Flinders University, he lived in the US and Europe where he taught at Valley City State University (USA), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and the Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (Portugal) and worked in the field of planning and development. Luis was also active in politics, namely as a party and publicly-elected official.

His teaching and research interests are in International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, American Government and Politics, and Political Geography. His research has been published with Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Policy History, European Journal of Geography, Portuguese Journal of Political Science, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, among others. Luis is also the author of Geographic Mental Maps and Foreign Policy Change. Re-Mapping the Carter Doctrine and Three Approaches to Presidential Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century (co-authored with Anthony Dutton).

Luis was the recipient of the 2016 VCSU Teacher of the Year Award, the 2021 CBGL Vice-President and Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching Award.

Topic coordinator
GOVT2003 The International Political System
INTR9016A Writing International Relations
GOVT8001 Debating International Relations
GOVT9003 Security in the International System
GOVT8008 International Order in the 21st Century
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International relations
International security
Political Geography
US foreign policy
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