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Grace has a PhD in Political Ecology from King’s College London (KCL). Her doctoral research, sponsored by CAPES Foundation, looked at different forms of resistance to top-down environmental conservation and the challenges and advances on the implementation of public policies in rural communities inside protected areas. She focuses, specifically, on political ecologies of conservation, development, peasant societies, ethno-identity and socio-environmental policy implementation in the Amazonas state, where she carried out intensive fieldwork in the Mosaic of Protected Areas of the Lower River Negro region.

Graduated in International Relations (Laureate International University, São Paulo) and with a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation (King’s Department of Geography), Grace is interested in the socio-environmental dynamics at local, national and global scales. Before returning to academia, she has coordinated two carbon credit projects for a Brazilian sugar and ethanol mill group.

In addition to her love for teaching and learning from people involved with socio-environmental politics, Grace has over fifteen years experience in the private sector, having worked with foreign trade, international marketing and business management.

She was a postdoctoral research officer at the London School of Political Science (LSE), where she worked with Dr. Charles Palmer (LSE) and Dr. Edilza Laray (State University of Amazonas – UEA) in a Newton Fund Project on Participatory Approaches to Natural Resource Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Grace has has also held teaching positions at King’s College London and SOAS, University of London.

Grace is currently an independent consultant and the King’s Brazil Institute Fellow.

Contact Information

Twitter: @GraceIara

Research Interests

  • global human and environmental security
  • political ecology
  • glocalisation
  • protected areas
  • Brazilian Amazon