Sociology of Development/Globalization
Pharmaceuticals, Intellectual Property and Global Health.
Expected Graduation Date: PhD, December 2010
Bio: Matthew Flynn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology specializing in development and globalization. As a doctoral student, Matthew has been the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latin American Sociology. His research consists of a case study of how changes in intellectual property legislation has affected Brazilís ability to develop, produce and distribute anti-retroviral medicines used in its highly acclaimed AIDS program. Brazilís experience sheds light on the increased economic and political challenges that developing countries face when using flexibilities proscribed in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property System and underscores the limitations of state efforts to obtain technological autonomy in strategic sectors of the economy. This dissertation is part of a wider research agenda that includes comparisons of South Africa, India, and Thailand in the local production and provision of medicines. Prior to coming to the University of Texas, Matthew worked as a foreign news correspondent in Brazil and received his Master of Science in Sociology at the London School of Economics. He did his undergraduate work at Georgetown Universityís School of Foreign Service.
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