Netherlands, Nijmegen

Tropical Deforestation and Climate Change in Brazil

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

The short course examines the how the issue of deforestation in the Amazon emerged as a scientific and policy problem in the early 1970s, becoming of hotly debated issue in the following decades at both national and international levels in connection with climate change. The course pays particular attention to the policy-science interface, political ecology, environmental markets and REDD+ from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies and Political Science.

During the week-long course the following topics will be covered:
- Colonization of the Amazon and the role European and North American scientific institutions
- The emergence of tropical deforestation as a global problem
- The role of NGOs and scientists in changing the Brazilian policy towards the Amazon
- Deforestation and climate change
- REDD+: the clash between sovereignty and market logic

The content of the course will be based on the scientific literature on the topic as well as the ongoing research of Prof. Rajão on climate change policy and deforestation in Brazil.

Course leader

Raoni Rajão
Professor (tenured)
Production Engineering
Federal University of Minas Gerais

Target group

Students, researchers and professionals from all areas interested in the issue of climate change governance.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:
1. Obtain an overview of the origins and governance of tropical deforestation
2. Understand some aspects of the geopolitics of deforestation in the Amazon
3. Analyse critically the relation between science and policy-making
4. Examine the North/South relations, including the post-coloniality

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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