Transformative Research - Expert Biographies

Ann Light

University of Sussex, UK

Ann Light is Professor of Design and Creative Technology at the University of Sussex. She is a design researcher specializing in design for social wellbeing, design for social change and the politics of participation and uses creative and qualitative methods, from participatory value chains developed in an ethical production project, to work with community groups on environmental issues. With qualifications in humanities, arts and artificial intelligence, and a DPhil in human-computer interaction, she draws on many influences, publishing chiefly on design of social process, co-design, social innovation, interaction and cross-cultural methodology. Her research career, which has included leading teams on interdisciplinary research spanning transport and architecture to growing food, was preceded by management and facilitation experience acquired in design company start-ups and as a drama teacher. She leads the Creative Technology Group at Sussex and has worked with arts and grass-roots organizations and marginalized groups on five continents, in local, transnational and international development settings. She has just returned from an international fellowship to Australia looking at ageing, agency and technology.


Carlos A. Joly 

Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, Brazil

Carlos Alfredo Joly received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the Universityof São Pauloin 1976. In 1979, he earned a master’s degree in botany from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp, State University at Campinas. In 1982, he received a doctoral degree in plant ecophysiology from the Botany Department of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In 1994, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Dr. Joly has been a full professor of plant ecology at Unicamp since 1998. He is head of the Botany Department of the Unicamp Institute of Botany, as well as a member of the Board of Coordinators of the Unicamp Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais (Nepam, Environmental ResearchCenter) Doctoral Program in Environment and Society. Dr. Joly works in the fields of plant ecophysiology and biodiversity conservation. He has advised 29 master’s and doctoral students. He has published approximately 60 studies in scientific journals. Dr. Joly has edited nine books, notable among which are the series “Biodiversity in the state of São Paulo: Synthesis of the accumulated knowledge at the end of the 20th century” and “The forest inventory of native vegetation in the state of São Paulo”.

As the principal architect of the BIOTA-FAPESP Program (, Dr. Joly coordinated the planning, design, and implementation of the program from 1996 to 2004. In addition to being a member of the Board of Coordinators of the FAPESP-BIOTA Program, he is currently the chief editor of the online journal BIOTA Neotropica ( He is also the coordinator of the FAPESP Thematic Project BIOTA Functional Gradient. In 1999, as the coordinator of the BIOTA-FAPESP Program, Dr. Joly won the Henry Ford Environmental Conservation Award in the Initiative of the Year category. In August of 2002, he received a commendation from the Brazilian National Order of Scientific Merit. In 2005, he won the von Martius Environmental Award, bestowed by the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and, in March of 2007, he received an Honorable Mention Young Scientist Award from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development).

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Scientific Director, FAPESP, Brazil

An electronic engineer and a physicist, he is a professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), where he was the rector from 2002 to 2005.

He graduated in electronic engineering at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA in the Portuguese acronym). He took a master's degree and a doctorate at Unicamp's Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, and at this institution in 1982, he started his teaching career and today is a full professor of Quantum Electronics.

Brito Cruz was a resident researcher at the AT&T's Bell Laboratories, in Holmdel, New Jersey and was also the Director of Unicamp's Physics Institute from 1991 to 1994 and from 1998 to 2002; Rector for Research at this University from 1994 to 1998, and the President of FAPESP from 1996 to 2002. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 2000. In 2015, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Carlos Patiño-Gómez

Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico

Dr. Carlos Patiño-Gómez received the PhD and Post-PhD from the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the deputy coordinator of integrated water management department and coordinator of climate change group in the Mexican Institute of Water Technology. He has participated as:

• Leader of research projects relate d with water planning and management in transboundary river basins between Mexico and the United States of America.

• Leader of research projects related with water planning and management in the Mexican hydrological river basins.

• Participation as invited main speaker in several conferences on Climate Change Effects on the Mexican Water Resources in Mexico and Latin America. Also, main speaker in several water planning and management conferences in Mexico.

• Coordination and participation as instructor in the workshop “Climate Change Effects in Mexico”, held at IMTA in July 2008.

• Coordination and participation as instructor in short courses related with Geographic Information Systems, Hydrology, and water planning and management models.

• Participation in the Inter-ministerial Committee of Climate Change of Mexico.

• Leader of several projects about climate change effects in the Mexican water resources.

Actually, he is the Coordinator of Water Science Graduate Program and a full professor at the Universidad de la Americas Puebla, working on water, biodiversity and climate change projects.

Celso Lafer

President of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

A Professor Emeritus of the International Relations Institute at the University of São Paulo (USP) he was, before retiring in 2011, full professor in the Department of Philosophy and General Theory of Law at the USP Law School, where he began as a student (1960-1964) before starting to teach International Law and Philosophy of Law in 1971. He went on to receive full tenure there in International Public Law in 1977, and Habilitation in Philosophy of Law in 1988. He earned an MA (1967) and PhD (1970) in Political Science at Cornell University (USA). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (elected in 2004) and the Brazilian Academy of Letters (elected in 2006.

He twice served as Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations as well as Minister of Development, Industry and Trade. From 1995 - 1998 he served as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At the WTO, he was Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body (1996) and the General Council (1997).
In 2002, Lafer received Brazil’s highest award for science and technology, the National Order of Scientific Merit. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Buenos Aires (2001), the National University of Cordoba, Argentina (2002), the Tres de Febrero-UNTREF University, Argentina (2011), the Universitè Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, 2012 as well as Honorary Fellow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2006). In 2001 he received the Moinho Santista Prize from the Bunge Foundation in International Relations. In 2011 he received the Armando de Salles Oliveira Medal awarded by the University Board of USP in appreciation of his service to that university. In 2006 he served as the Countries and Cultures Chair at the John W. Kluge Center of the U.S. Library of Congress.


Cindy McIntyre

Corporate Strategy and Performance Division of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada

Cindy McIntyre is a policy analyst in the Corporate Strategy and Performance Division of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She is responsible for policy research & analysis, international relations, project management, coordination, and planning related to national and international social sciences and humanities research, higher education and S&T.

Cindy has had a key role in several of SSHRC’s recent knowledge brokering initiatives which aim to demonstrate the values and impacts of social sciences and humanities research and to facilitate interdisciplinary, intersectoral and/or international research collaboration.

Cindy is actively involved in coordinating and advancing SSHRC’s corporate international relations – including most recently through SSHRC’s leadership role in the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Cindy holds a master’s degree in political science and a graduate diploma in European integration studies from Carleton University, and a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Trent University (including one year study abroad at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros

Institute of Computing, UNICAMP, Brazil

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros is a full professor of Computer Science at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil.

She has received Brazilian and international awards for excellence in research and in teaching. For her work in fostering the participation of women in computing she has received the Anita Borg Agent of Change Award (USA) and a Google Brazil award.

She is a Commander of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit and a Distinguished Speaker of the Association for Computing Machinery (USA). She was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad Antenor Orrego, Peru, and from Universite Paris-Dauphine, France.

Her research is centered on the management and analysis of scientific data, to face the challenges posed by large, real world applications. This involves handling distributed and very heterogeneous data sources, at varying scales in space and time, ranging from satellite data to earthbound sensor networks. For the past 20 years, she has coordinated large multi-institutional, multidisciplinary projects in biodiversity and in agricultural and environmental planning, involving universities in Brazil, Germany, and France. In 1994, she created the Laboratory of Information Systems at Unicamp, one of first research laboratories in Brazil dedicated to solving multidisciplinary problems involving scientific data. From 2003 to 2007 she was the President of the Brazilian Computer Society. Since 1998, she has served as member of permanent scientific evaluation panels in Brazil, both at the national level (CAPES and CNPq) and at the state of São Paulo (FAPESP), where she is a member of the Area Panel in eScience.

Elizabeth Oughton 

University of Newcastle, UK

Elizabeth Oughton’s work focuses on knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary practices in natural resource management and the co-creation of knowledge with research users. She has worked closely with natural scientists; including engineers, ecologists and hydrologists. In addition, she has published on practices of interdisciplinarity. A second strand of her work explores the institutions that affect social and economic behaviour within and beyond the household including multi-scalar and nested institutions. The substantive areas of her research have included the food and agricultural sector in the UK, EU, Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Jordan. Oughton has been PI on three RCUK funded interdisciplinary projects across the natural and social sciences all of which have involved active engagement with non-academic stakeholders. Elizabeth is currently working on projects in Sub-Saharan Africa on water harvesting, irrigation, rural livelihoods and the governance of the agri-food system and natural environment. She is also involved in the development of stakeholder led research on governance of multiple use landscapes in the UK and assessment of rural landscapes in Chile. Projects are funded by NERC/ESRC/DIFD; EU, Newton Fund and Belmont Forum.

Fraser Taylor 

Carleton University, Canada

Dr. D. R. Fraser Taylor is Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading cartographers and a pioneer in the introduction of the use of the computer in cartography. He also has a strong background in international development and has published widely in this field. His interests in cartography and international development are often combined as he uses geographic information processing to address development issues. In 2014 he was recipient of the prestigious Killam Prize for the Social Sciences. This is the highest academic honour in Canada. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his achievements. In 2012 he was awarded the 3M/Royal Canadian Geographic Society Award for Environmental Innovation and in August 2013 was awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal by the International Cartographic Association. This award is the highest possible honour in cartography and has been awarded only 12 times in the last 50 years. Dr. Taylor is the first Canadian to be so honoured. His latest book is entitled “Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping, published by Elsevier in 2014. Dr. Taylor works extensively with northern communities in the creation of cybercartographic atlases dealing with traditional and local knowledge. These are described more fully in the book mentioned above and can also be found on the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. Web site at

Gilberto Câmara 

INPE, Brazil

Dr. Gilberto Câmara is a researcher in Geoinformatics at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, where he was General Director
(2006-2012). He is internationally recognized for promoting free access for geospatial data and for setting up an efficient satellite monitoring of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. From 2013-2015, he was Brazil Chair at the University of Münster. Gilberto has advised 50 graduate students and published 150 papers that have been cited more than 7000 times. He has received a Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Muenster, a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite of France, the Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, and the Pecora Award from USGS and NASA.

Grit Martinez 

Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany and College of Behavioral Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, USA

Dr. is a Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and an Associated Research Professor at the department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Washington D.C.

She is an environmental historian and works in interdisciplinary contexts and across the borders of the humanities, social- and natural sciences. Her research interest lies in the influence of historic path dependencies and cultural values on contemporary human perceptions and behavior towards environmental changes, mainly in coastal and marine regions. She has specific expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management and has worked with stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and scientist) in urban and rural areas in Europe, North- and Latin America.

Amongst others, Grit Martinez has published in the field of cross-cultural comparisons of risk perceptions of coastal stakeholders in Europe and North America, the influence of societal cultural values on the approaches towards environmental challenges and why cultural groups act the way they do in their respective environment.

Grit Martinez currently leads several EU-funded work packages of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG Research), Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG Climate) and the Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS/ BMBF). Currently these include Bottom Up Adaptation Strategies throughout Europe (BASE), Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – Tool Kit (RISC-KIT) and Reducing Nutrient Loadings from Agricultural Soils to the Baltic Sea via Groundwater’s and Streams (SOILS2SEA).

Jon Christensen 

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is a regular columnist at LA Observed and editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine published by the University of California Press that brings scholars, researchers, journalists, writers, artists, photographers, policymakers, advocates, and the public into common conversations about California in the world. And he is a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, an interactive design studio specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications.

Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature, High Country News, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004, before returning to Stanford to work on a Ph.D. in History.

He is currently finishing a book entitled “Critical Habitat: A History of Thinking with Things in Nature,” is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on “Environmental Humanities: Emergence and Impacts,” and is engaged in a multidisciplinary research project on nature in cities.

Imre Szeman

University of Alberta, Canada

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) of Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He also holds and adjunct professorship in Visual and Critical Studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto). Szeman is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7), the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision at McMaster (2008), the Killam Research Professorship (2013), and, most recently, the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research (2015), the U of Alberta’s most prestigious research award that recognizes research excellence in humanities, social sciences, law, education and fine arts. He is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association.

Szeman’s main areas of research are in energy and environmental studies, social and political philosophy, and critical theory and cultural studies. His recent books include Cultural Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2010, co-ed), After Globalization (Blackwell, 2011), Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, co-ed), andContemporary Marxist Theory: A Reader (Bloomsbury, 2014, co-ed). He is currently at work on On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil and Fueling Culture, a collection on energy, history and politics.

Karen Pittel 

Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Karen Pittel is professor of economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, and heads the research department “Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources” at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. Following studies in economics at the University of Göttingen and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she received her doctorate at Chemnitz University of Technology. After two years of postdoctoral research in Chemnitz, she went on to ETH Zurich where she continued her postdoctoral studies. From 2009 to 2010 she headed the Center of Economic Policy at ZHAW Winterthur.

Karen is a member of the National Committee for Research in Future Earth of the German Science Foundation, the Council of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the JPI Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board of the European Commission. She is associate editor of Environment and Development Economics and is on the editorial board of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Karen also is a member of the climate council of Bavaria and the Scientific Advisory board of interdisciplinary climate and environmental research centers.

Karen’s research interests cover a broad range of topics and include long-run economic development and sustainability, fairness in climate negotiations, resource and climate policy as well as energy policy. Recently, her work has focused on the transformation of energy systems, the interaction between resource supply and climate policy and role of adaptation in climate policy. She is actively involved in the political discussion and interdisciplinary research projects on, for example, the Energiewende in Germany.


Kathrin Winkler

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Office Latin America, Germany

Kathrin Winkler studied chemistry at the universities of Göttingen and Santa Barbara and carried out doctoral research in physical chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen where she received her doctorate in 2003. She spent several years in biophysics research before joining the DFG in 2008. As a program director, she was responsible for all DFG programs related to physical chemistry. Besides that, she coordinated the European network ERA-Chemistry. Since July 2015, she is directing the DFG office Latin America in São Paulo, which is part of the German House of Science and Innovation. The Latin America office is contact point for questions related to scientific collaborations between Germany and all countries of Latin America. It maintains close contact to DFG’s partner organizations in Latin America and helps establishing cooperation between German and Latin American scientists.

Leila da Costa Ferreira

Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Unicamp, Brazil

Prof. Leila da Costa Ferreira is Full Professor of environmental sociology in Campinas State University/ UNICAMP. Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Member of the Earth System Governance Lead Project (Future Earth). Visiting Professor Program in Top China Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China (2009). Visiting Professor in University of Texas at Austin, USA (1998).

Prof. Ferreira has authored, co-authored or edited 11 books, and published 47 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 30 chapters in academic books, along with more than 70 papers, reports, and contributions to policy-oriented journals, with her most recent book being China & Brazil. Challenges and opportunities (Unicamp/ Annablume Press, 2013).

During her career, received more than 30 major research funding agencies that sponsor research in Brazil and international agencies. From 2006 until now is a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee of National Council of Education (CAPES). She was president of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Environment and Society (ANPPAS) from 2004 to 2008.

Prof. Ferreira holds a habilitation England postdoctoral academic qualification, 2005; USA postdoctoral academic qualification, 1995, a PhD in social science from Campinas State University (1992), and master’s degrees in sociology Campinas State University, 1983 both with distinction. Bachelor in Ecology (University State Júlio de Mesquita Filho in 1982.

Research fields: public policies and environment, social theory and environment, interdisciplinary, global environmental changes.

Leonidas Osvaldo Girardin

Fundacion Bariloche and the National Council on Science and Technology – Argentina

Leonidas is a Researcher of the National Council on Science and Technology (CONICET) and the Director of the Environmental and Development Department of Bariloche Foundation in Argentina. Since 2008 is a member of the IPCC Task Force Bureau on National Greenhouse Gases Inventories (TFI). He also play a role as UNFCCC's expert reviewer on National Communications, Biannual Reports and GHG Inventories. From 2002 to 2005 he was a member of the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT). His research field is Environmental Economics, particularly Climate Change Social, Economic and Policy Issues. He is now working in issues related to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Technology Transfer (like the Technology Needs Assessment Project lead by UNEP DTU Partnership); Adaptation of Poor People of Argentina's North Patagonia Region to Water Stress due to Cimate Variability and Change and National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) related-issues. He is an Economist with Master Degree Studies in Economics (Torcuato Di Tella University-Argentina); Environmental and Territorial Policy (University of Buenos Aires); and Energy and Environmental Economics (University of Comahue-Argentina). He is also a member of the Argentine Academy on Environmental Sciences. He teaches in diverse Universities in Argentina (University of Buenos Aires; National University of Comahue; National University of Moreno; Latin American Faculty on Social Sciences-FLACSO; National University of Lanus; National University of San Martin; Technological National University and Catholic University of Salta, among others) and other Latin American Countries (like Pontifical Catholic University of Peru). He has published on environmental and climate change economics, environmental valuation and mitigation and adaptation policies and measures.

Manija Kamal

Economic and Social research Council (ESRC - UK)

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Manija Kamal (PhD), is a Manager for International Strategy at the Economic and Social research Council (ESRC), the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. Prior to joining ESRC, Manija was a research fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) and University of Ottawa (Canada) with particular research foci on civil society organisations and global governance.

Maria Carmen Lemos

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor and Associate Dean for Research of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona. During 2006-2007 she was a James Martin 21st Century School Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her research focuses on environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building) and the co-production of science and policy and different means to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge. She is a co-founder of Icarus (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences), which seeks foster collaboration and exchange between scholars focusing on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She was a Contributing and Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4 and AR5, respectively) and has served in a number of the US National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences committees including Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change (2009), America Climate Choice Science Panel (2010) and the Board on Environmental Change and Society (2008-2015). She has MSc. and PhD degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.


Maria Manuela Carneiro da Cunha

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Manuela Carneiro da Cunha is an anthropologist. She taught at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) for 11 years, then at the University of São Paulo (USP) for another 11 years and then at the University of Chicago (UofC) for 15 years. She retired from the UofC in 2009 and returned to Brazil. She worked on the history of legal provisions on indigenous people in Brazil and - as the then president of the Brazilian Anthropological Association- subsidized the Constitutional Assembly of 1988 that included a full progressive chapter on indigenous rights. She established a research center at the University of São Paulo, funded by FAPESP, dedicated to the History of Indigenous People that produced academic research as well as valuable data for the establishment of indigenous land claims. She has been working on traditional knowledge and conservation since the nineteen nineties, and was PI in a MacArthur Foundation funded collaborative research with indigenous and traditional people, biologists and anthropologists. She is a presently a member of the Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge at IPBES, the Inter-Governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecossystem Services. She is conducting, by appointment from the Brazilian Ministry of Science,Technology and Innovation, a study and pilot projects on the establishment of a program for the equitable collaboration between academic science and traditional knowledge, as well as for the strengthening of traditional knowledge itself. She has published six books and edited another four, besides numerous articles. One of her essays published in English is a pamphlet in the Prickly Paradigm Series (2009), under the title “Culture” and culture. Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Rights. She is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Nelson Lourenço

Universidade de Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

­­­­­­­­ Full Professor. PhD in Sociology. Professor at the Master and PhD degrees in Law and Security of the Law Faculty of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Visiting Professor at the University Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola).

Chairman of the Group of Strategic Studies on Homeland Security. Chairman of the National Committee of the Global Environmental Change (Portugal). Member of the Board of the Institute on Law and Security of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Researcher at the Centre for Research and Development on Law and Society (CEDIS) of the Law Faculty of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Social Sciences (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (CICS.NOVA). Member of the Lisbon Geographical Society.

Former chairman of the European Alliance on Global Change Research Committees. Former President of the Portuguese Committee of the Intergovernmental Programme MOST - Management of Social Transformations, UNESCO. Former member of the Carbon and Energy Steering Committee from the European Science Foundation (ESF).

Scientific reviewer of the Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) of The United Nations Environment Programme and project evaluator of the German Project Management Agency - German Aerospace Center, of the European Science Foundation, of the Ministry of Education and Science, and of the French Agence Nationale de Recherche. Was member of various assessment panels of research projects of the European Commission.

The research activity focus on issues of development, globalization and geopolitics, with studies on sustainable development policies, conflict and natural resources, urbanization and metropolization processes. In the frame of the analysis of social and political change associated with globalization has devoted particular attention to the study of new security paradigms and the emergence of a new international and geo-economics order.

Coordinated and participated in international research projects in European Union countries, in southern Mediterranean countries, Russia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, India and China. Author and co-author of eight books and several chapters of collective books. Author of papers published on national and foreign scientific journals.


Reynaldo Luiz Victorio

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Reynaldo Luiz Victoria received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz at Universidade de São Paulo (ESALQ-USP, University of São Paulo Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture) in 1972. In 1975, he received a master’s degree in nuclear energy use in agriculture from the USP Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA, Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture). In 1980, he received a doctoral degree in soil and plant nutrition from the ESALQ-USP. In 1990, he became a tenured professor in the ESALQ-USP Department of Physics and Meteorology. In 1996, he became a full professor at the CENA.

From 1976 to 1977, Dr. Victoria was an intern in a specialized course at the University of Saskatchewan. He pursued his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Davis(1981–1982) and the University of Washington (1992–1993), in Seattle.

Dr. Victoria was the director of the CENA from 2002 to 2005, as well as being a member of various college boards during his career at USP. He was twice committee chairman of the ESALQ-USP Interunidades Graduate Program in Applied Ecology. He was and is currently the coordinator of the Committee for the Study of Environmental Problems of the USP Dean’s Office for Culture and University Extension. He was a member of the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, Office for the Advancement of Higher Education) Interdisciplinary Committee. For 16 years, he was a category I, level A Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) researcher. He is currently a category I, level B CNPq researcher.

Dr. Victoriais a former president and current member of the Directive Council of the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM, Amazon Environmental Research Institute). He is also a former member of the Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Biospheric Aspects of the Hydrological Cycle and the Executive Committee of the International Council for Science-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.

Dr.Victoria received the Fernando Costa Medal from the São Paulo State Association of Agricultural Engineers for his contribution to research. He has also received a commendation from the Brazilian National Order of Scientific Merit. He is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, active in the field of earth sciences.

Sarah Lynn Marie Burch 

University of Waterloo, Canada

Dr. Sarah Burch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Burch has published widely on transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, and innovative strategies for governing sustainability. She co-teaches a Massive Open Online Course called ‘Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations,’ which reaches thousands of students in over 130 countries.

Dr. Burch received a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2009) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford (2009-2011). She is a Coordinating Lead Author in the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities, and North American coordinator of the Earth System Governance network of Research Fellows. She was a Contributing Author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book (2014) is entitled ‘Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice.’

Simo Häyrynen

University Lecturer in Environmental Politics at University of Eastern Finland

Simo Häyrynen is a PhD of Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Cultural Politics. Currently, he works as University Lecturer in Environmental Politics at University of Eastern Finland (UEF). In addition to UEF he has worked at University of Turku and University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and as Visiting Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. SH is the author of 8 monographs and editor of 4 compilations. Apart from standard educational tasks he has acted as coordinator of international environment-oriented multidisciplinary doctoral school (LYY - Natural Resources, Society and Environment) and participated in the development of interdisciplinary education as member of several steering groups of study programs.

As a researcher Simo Häyrynen is a specialist of cultural sociology or environmental social science. His research identity is strongly transdisciplinary one including both leading multidisciplinary research teams and implementing individual multidisciplinary research projects. Methodologically he has often combined ethnographic methods such as oral history and site-specific dialogue with macro-social analyses. Häyrynen’s most important and long-lasting research topics have concerned with construction of collective identities (especially national branding of regions, e.g. IJ of National Identities 2006), comparison of national art worlds (especially the reactions of traditional Nordic welfare state cultural policies to the neoliberal state competition paradigm, e.g. IJ of Cultural Policy 2013), and cultural transformation of declining industrial communities (especially cultural reuses of the industrial past in Northern Europe, e.g. Locality, Memory and Reconstruction (2012)). One overall theme that penetrates all the rest is development of conceptual frameworks for sociocultural impact assessment. Most recently, Häyrynen has focused on the cultural adaptation and resistance of sustainability transition in peripheral areas and the possibilities of culturally responsible mining.

Häyrynen has also served in practical advisory and administrative tasks such as directing the group of academics, administrators and entrepreneurs to build global scenarios for Finnish forestry (Future Forum of Forestry), chairing the state’s regional arts council of North Karelia, Finland, and participating a ministerial delegation to the UN and World Bank Group as an expert of culturally responsible mining.

Soili Nysten-Haarala

University of Lapland, Finland

­­­­­­­­­ Soili Nystén-Haarala works as Professor of Commercial Law, especially Russian Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland since 2013 and as part time Professor of Legal Science at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden since 2011. Earlier she worked as Professor of Civil Law at the University of Eastern Finland (2004-2012). She has also worked as a visiting fellow in the Forestry Project at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) in Laxenburg, Austria and as a visiting professor at Umeå University, Sweden.

She has graduated in both business economics and in law. The LL.D. degree she gained from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland with the dissertation: “The Long-term Contract. Contract Law and Contracting” in 1998. Her interest in legal studies has always been interdisciplinary combining law, economics and social sciences.

Since 2003 Ms. Nystén-Haarala has led several international and multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her main field of interest is contracts in business practice, contracting on intellectual property rights and governance of megaprojects. In natural resource governance she has done research in the Arctic focusing on forests, oil and gas industry as well as mining. She has numerous publications (about 90) on Russian law and transition, natural resource governance as well as on contracting and proactive law.

Vivi Stavrou 

International Social Science Council, France

Ms Stavrou is a clinical psychologist and development worker and has worked as a policymaker, researcher, evaluator and consultant in the areas of risk reduction and response related to disasters and humanitarian emergencies; post-conflict Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration; child protection; psychosocial programming; mental health and human rights; and public health. As ISSC’s Acting Executive Director she manages the Secretariat and represents the Council on international and scientific committees and policy fora. Acting Executive director at International Social Science Council.