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Dr Luciana Mendes Barbosa

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I’m a human geographer whose research specializes in the politics of climate change, resilience, environmental politics, socio-environmental conflicts and development projects in the global South, focusing on both urban and rural areas. My research is focused on understanding the intersection between precarity, (climatic) disaster, urban adaptation policies and injustices in the contemporary wave of forced displacements in urban informal settlements in Brazil. I hold a  MSc in International Relations (Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUC-Minas) and BA (Hons) in Geography (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG). Before joining the PhD, I worked as Governmental Affairs Manager at the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a focus on environmental public policies. I also worked in the management of socio-environmental and socio-economic projects related to solid waste management (BID), large development projects (mining, monoculture forests and large dams), water governance and food security projects in Brazil.

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