Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

"Brazilian Environment(s)": Graduate Student Symposium

Thursday, April 16, 2015

9:00am – 3:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

In this one-day student symposium, Brown graduate students and some advanced undergraduates will present work on Brazil and the environment. The schedule is below.

9:15-9:30        Welcome

Leah K. VanWey, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environment & Society, Senior Deputy Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

9:30-10:45      “Management Systems in Brazil’s Rainforests”

                        Chair: Stephen Porder        

Liliana Harrington, Brown University, “REDD+ In Brazil”

Lovinia Reynolds, Brown University, “Terra Preta Soils in the Amazon”

10:45-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-12:30    “Socioenvironmental Developments”

                        Chair: Geri Augusto, Brown University

Paula Dias, Brown University “Fighting for Environmental Education from the Inside: Bureaucratic Activism and Resistance in Brazil’s IBAMA”

Heather Randell, Brown University, “Structure and Agency in Development-induced Forced Migration: The Case of Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam”

Daniel McDonald, Brown University, “A Cidade de Minas: Urban Environments and the Creation of Belo Horizonte, 1889-1897”

12:30-1:30      Lunch

1:30-3:00        “Evolving Forest and Agricultural Frontiers”

                         Chair: Leah K. VanWey, Brown University

Stephanie Spera, Brown University, “Large-scale Mechanized Agriculture across the Brazilian Cerrado between 2001-2013”

Heitor Pellegrina, Brown University, “Agricultural Trade and Deforestation in the Tropics: Evidence from Brazil”

Diego Herrera García, Duke University, “Impacts of Brazilian Amazon Protected Areas on Human Migration and Road Investments: Exploring Critical Mechanisms for Spatial Spillovers from Forest Conservation”

3:00-4:00        Break 

4:00-6:00        Screening of Lixo Extraordinário (The Wasteland, 2010), 100 minutes.