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Brazil’s green agenda: advancements and challenges - Day 2

Strand Building, Strand Campus, London

23Apramazon boats

Day 2 of Brazil’s green agenda: advancements and challenge being held as part of Brazil Week 2024.


9:30am Welcome, teas and coffees

10:00 - 11:30am Sustainable Development from Below: Communities, Grassroots, and Disaster Resilience 

Chair: Dr Martijn Koster, Wageningen University

Dr James Fraser (Lancaster University) - Is there a Forest Citizenship?

Dr Manoela Machado (University of Oxford and the Woodwell Climate Research Center) - Where is the fire? Exchanging knowledge on geospatial analysis for fire monitoring, prevention, and suppression in Indigenous Lands

Dr Cláudia Martins (Tropical Water Research Alliance - TWRA/FAPEG) - The relationship between wildlife, sertanejos and green transition in Brazil

11:30am - 1:00pm The Environmental Costs of Brazil’s Persistent Inequalities 

Chair: Dr Daniel Mcdonald (University of Oxford)

Dr Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck, University of London) - Risk, vulnerability and resistance in Brazil's urban peripheries

Dr Laura Trajber Waisbic (University of Oxford) - Reluctant Green Power: Domestic politics and foreign policy coherence in Brazil’s environmental diplomacy

Dr Isadora Cruxen (Queen Mary University of London) - Sustainable infrastructures for whom? The politics of financing Brazil’s ‘green transition

 1:00-2:30pm Lunch



Dr James A. Fraser Senior Lecturer at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

In his research, James A. Fraser takes a critical approach to questions of sustainable farming, social justice and biodiversity conservation in rural and forested regions of countries of the global periphery and semi periphery. His most sustained fieldwork engagements are in Brazilian Amazonia, and James has also worked in West Africa (Liberia) and Central America (Nicaragua).

Dr Manoela Machado University of Oxford and the Woodwell Climate Research Center

Manoela Machado studies fire ecology in tropical environments, such as the Amazon and the Cerrado. She investigates how fire drivers, such as climate change and human activities, interact and change fire regimes. She hopes to develop a better understanding of the spatial and temporal patterns of fire under a changing climate, and to integrate that with local and traditional values and knowledge.

Dr Cláudia Martins Researcher at Tropical Water Research Alliance

Cláudia Martins is an agronomic engineer, ecologist and researcher. She is an expert in human-wildlife conflicts and ecological restoration within protected areas in the Brazilian semiarid Northeast region, 'Caatinga'. She is currently working with rivers and freshwater conservation through fishery and tourism management in Midwest Brazil. Her research on wildlife, "sertanejos", and green transition was supported by the Institute for the Conservation of Neotropical Carnivores (IPC).

Dr Mara Nogueira Lecturer in Urban Geography at Birkbeck, University of London

Mara Nogueira works on the cross-class politics of urban space production, with an emphasis on the (re)production of socio-spatial inequality in urban Brazil. Her current research looks at the relationships between the popular economy and urban space. It focuses on the encounters between the urban poor, the middle classes and the state, exploring how those encounters shape urban space, policy-making and social class.

Dr Laura Trajber Waisbich Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme at the University of Oxford

Laura Trajber Waisbich currently works on research projects that investigate rising powers (Brazil, China, and India) in international development, the politics of measuring South-South cooperation, the politics of green development in China-Latin America relations, and multi-level governance in the Amazon.

Dr Isadora Cruxên Lecturer in Business and Society at Queen Mary University of London

Isadora Cruxên studies the political economy of development with a focus on Latin America and Brazil. Her work explores the politics of market-making and private investment in water infrastructures and in impact investing projects with a socio-environmental focus. Her work engages issues such as financialisation, public-private collaboration, regulation, and business politics.

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Andreza De Souza Santos

Director, King's Brazil Institute

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