Tainá Siman obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, with a thesis that explores how multilevel governance is present 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; a scientific initiation scholarship on the free trade agreement between COMESA-SADC-EAC, and a volunteer internship at the Social Institute of Mercosur.
Her main research lines include comparative regionalism, institutional design, insertion of non-state actors on decision-making in regional integration organizations (RIOs), Paradiplomacy, policy transfer within or between regions and governance. At the moment, her work is focused on tools for democracy promotion (or sanction) in the institutional design of regional organisations, as well as resilience techniques in times of crisis.
At UNU-CRIS, Tainá will be supervised by Frank Mattheis during a period of 6 months, in the cluster Regions and Cities Governance Lab (Re-LAB) working on themes of comparative regionalism. She is also a member of GRIDALE (Grupo de Reflexión sobre Integración y Desarollo em América Latina y Europa) and the Regionalism Observatory.