Larissa Varella holds a Master of Science’s Degree in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from IBMEC-RJ (Brazil), both focusing on the influence of the securitization logic within post-2000 global policies for infectious disease control.
Between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Larissa has had the opportunity to do voluntary work in health and education programs in the United States, Romania and Brazil, which helped her develop extensive skills and a unique perspective on the practical applications of international public policies, particularly within the Global Health field.
Since 2017, she has been working as a project coordinator for a Brazilian consulting company, coordinating and helping the development of health education projects in both Brazil and Angola. With this experience, she has worked in projects alongside local and international organizations, notably the Angolan Ministry of Health, United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, universities and private and public hospitals.
Larissa’s extensive travel and work experience in various parts of the world has deepened her understanding of globalization, diplomacy and politics, so as a candidate for the Master’s of International Public Policy, she looks forward to further exploring the role of international organizations, global governance, human security and international relations theory, with a particular focus on global health policy and governance as well as cultural diplomacy.
By undertaking a second master’s degree program, Larissa hopes to get the set of tools, support and foundation necessary to deepen her academic presence in the fields of Global Health and International Governance and hopefully pursue a PhD on these subjects in the near future.