Dr Grace Iara Souza

Dr Grace Iara Souza

Research Officer

Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

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Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Key Expertise
Conservation, Social Policies, Environmental Movements, Deforestation

About me

Dr Grace Iara Souza is a LACC Research Fellow for a Newton Fund Impact Scheme grant project, Electrifying the Amazon: The impacts of access to renewable energy in riverine communities is in collaboration with the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). Associated partners include Brazilian research organisation, Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA) and Brazilian NGO, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS). The project builds from a previous project, Participatory Approaches to Natural Resource Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon, and Grace will be working with Dr Charles Palmer (LSE Department of Geography and the Environment) as the UK team.

Grace is a social scientist and activist with her heart in the Brazilian Amazon. Her first trip to the Lower River Negro, in Amazonas, where this project will take place, was in 2011 and ever since she has dedicated her life to learning from rainforest dwellers and other passionate socio-environmentalists.

Using Political Ecology as a lens, Grace is concerned with how glocal development and environmental policies affect indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Her research focuses on human security and political ecologies of development, conservation and peasant societies, with particular interest on historical invisibility, agency, and forms of resistance, power dynamics, social policies, drivers of deforestation, payment for ecosystem services, and ethnic-identities in Brazil and Latin America more broadly.

She is an independent consultant, the co-founder of CLOSER, a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research group on Brazilian socio-environmental research and a Fellow at King’s Brazil Institute. She has been ‘building bridges’ with multi-stakeholders (e.g. civil society, governments, private sector, funders, academics) for more than a decade.

Passionate for different forms of learning, Grace is also Fellow of the High Education Academy and has previously held teaching positions in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and both in the Department of Geography and International Development at King’s College London.

Expertise Details

Conservation; Social Policies; Environmental Movements; Deforestation