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Tainá E. Siman


Freie Universität Berlin

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

Center for International Relations


Ihnestr. 22
Room 103
14195 Berlin

Tainá E. Siman joined the Center for International Relations as a research associate at the University of Freiburg in May 2024. She has been working in the DFG-funded project "Comparing Forest Governance Performances of Regional Regimes: A Comprehensive Analysis" since October 2023. In her doctoral project, she focuses on the reasons behind the adoption of democracy clauses on a comparative basis. 

At the moment, Tainá is also a post-graduate student in Development, Public Policy and Regional Integration at the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO Argentina). She was previously a research intern at UNU CRIS (United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies) in the cluster Regions and Cities Governance Lab (Re-LAB), supervised by Frank Mattheis.  

She studied International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, writing her master's thesis on non-traditional actors' strategies to interfere and influence decision-making in Mercosur. Her previous experiences include a semester of academic mobility at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona during her Bachelor studies at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, which concluded with an undergraduate research scholarship on the free trade agreement between COMESA-SADC-EAC, funded by FAPEMIG (Minas Gerais Research Foundation). 

She is also a member of GRIDALE (Grupo de Reflexión sobre Integración y Desarollo em América Latina y Europa) and the Regionalism Observatory (São Paulo, Brazil). 

Research interests 

  • Comparative Regionalism 
  • Regional Integration 
  • Institutional Design 
  • Governance 
  • Decision-Making Processes 
  • Integration Theory 
  • Policy Transfer