Maurício Ebling holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Specialized in Comparative Studies on the Americas, from CEPPAC/UnB, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS). He is a DPhil candidate in CEPPAC (Graduate Programme in Comparative Studies on the Americas) at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and will complete his research as a recognised student in the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, from January to December 2015, supported by Capes Foundation (Ministry of Education in Brazil)). His research is a comparative case study about technological capabilities and local content policies on deep-water oil and gas extraction. The thesis will try to understand why Brazil and Mexicohave taken opposite directions over the adoption of local content policies for the oil and gas industry. For this it will compare the technological capabilities of local companies in Petrobras (Brazil), Pemex (Mexico), and Statoil’s (Norway) supply chains and analyse if whether there is a relationship between the level of local companies' technological capabilities and the adoption of local content policies in their respective countries. The research will also analyse the international competitiveness of the local companies and the consistency (coherence and integration) of local content policies with other economic development policies.