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Dr Lombardi is an Associate Researcher in the Public Policies and International Relations Institute (IPPRI) at the State University of São Paulo (UNESP). She has mostly conducted interdisciplinary research on population life strategies and dynamics and its relation to environmental change in the Brazilian Amazon. Recently, she has been studying recognition policies from the perspective of food sovereignty and its importance to understand ethnic struggle for land/territorial recognition, throughout Latin America with a deep focus on the Amazon. She held a grant from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for her post-doctoral research “Politics of recognition: State, Population groups, and Territories at the crossroads” to investigate ethnic recognition policies in Latin America and how the capture of ethnic information data and territorial recognition policies have been connected in the region. Thais has a PhD in Demography and an Master in Social Anthropology from the University of Campinas and since graduation engaged on many cooperative researches between Brazilian scientists and researchers from Latin America, USA, and the UK.

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