Special Olympic Edition: Brazil Today with Susanna Hecht

Special Olympic Edition:
Brazil Today with Susanna Hecht

As we did in 2012, CLBR takes an Olympic detour to focus on the state of its host country – Brazil with Susanna Hecht of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and its Latin American Institute.  Among other things, Brazil is:

  • the 5th largest and 5th most populous country on earth;
  • the 7th largest economy;
  • home to the 4th largest population of internet users;
  • the 3rd largest producer of renewable energy;
  • home to 21 of the 50 most violent cities in the world;
  • suffering from a severe recession; and
  • is in a state of political crisis.

See Brazil Notebook for background details.

hecht_e-wpcf_234x350Dr Hecht’s research focuses on the intersections of economies, cultures and land use, and  the socio-environmental effects of these processes, an approach now widely known as political ecology.

Her focus area is the Latin American tropics, and more specifically Amazonia. Her research has  major implications for understanding the dynamics of land use change and what they imply about human relations with nature, economies and tropical development. Her work includes analytics on  climate change, mitigation and longer term rethinking of longer term strategies under globalization, intense migration and novel climate dynamics.




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