About

Rafael Martins is the co-coordinator of the Earth System Governance Research Fellows Network. He is also a last year PhD candidate in Environment and Society at the Centre for Environmental Studies (Nepam), University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil where he collaborates with the project ‘Urban growth, vulnerability and adaptation: social and ecological dimensions of climate change on the Coast of São Paulo’ funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) through its Programme on Global Climate Change. He is supervised by Prof. Leila da Costa Ferreira (Associate Faculty, Earth System Governance Project).

During 2008-2009 he was a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands under supervision of Prof. Frank Biermann funded by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). As first degree, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, with a minor in international management, from the Business School of São Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EAESP). Prior to his doctoral studies, Rafael Martins had been working with development organisations in Brazil, Latin America and worldwide. He served as the programme officer of LogoLink – The Learning Initiative to Strengthen Citizen Participation on Local Governance, a global learning network of practitioners from civil society organisations and research institutions working in South, Central and North Americas, Southeast Asia, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and China led by the Polis Institute, Brazil and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK with support from the Ford Foundation and other donors. Also, he was the executive director of the Centre for Studies and Research in Social Policies and Quality of Life, a non-government organisation working with socio-environmental issues in the São Paulo metropolitan area.

Rafael Martins’ research addresses the challenges posed by climate change and variability in urban areas and coastal zones, particularly in terms of vulnerability, adaptive capacity and local governance. It is associated with the analytical problems of agency and adaptiveness of individuals and institutions to respond effectively to the challenges posed by environmental and climatic changes.

More information can be found at: http://unicamp.academia.edu/RafaelMartins.

Recent Publications:

  • Martins, R.D.A. 2011. Fair Trade Practices in the Northwest Brazilian Amazon. Brazilian Administration Review [in press]. ISSN: 1807-7692.
  • Ferreira, L.C.; T.H.N. de Andrade; R.D.A. Martins; F. Barbi; A. Urbinatti and F. Oliveira. 2011. Governing Climate Change in Brazilian Coastal Cities: Risks and Strategies. In: Lockie, S. and T. Measham (eds). Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management. Canberra: CSIRO Publishing [in press].
  • Martins, R.D.A. and L.C. Ferreira. 2011. Opportunities and Constraints for Local and Subnational Climate Change Policy in Urban Areas: Insights from Diverse Contexts. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues [in press]. ISSN: 1466-6650.
  • Martins, R.D.A. and L.C. Ferreira. 2011. Climate Change Action at the City Level: tales from two global cities in Brazil. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal 22(3) [in press]. ISSN: 1477-7835.
  • Eriksen, S.; P. Aldunce; C.S. Bahinipati; R.D.A. Martins; J.I. Molefe; C. Nhemachena; K.L. O’Brien; F. Olorunfemi; J. Park; L. Sygna and K. Ulsrud. 2011. When not every response to climate change is a good one: Defining criteria for sustainable adaptation. In: Eriksen, S. and K. Brown (eds). Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change – Prioritising Social Equity and Environmental Integrity. London: Earthscan, 7-20 p. ISBN: 9781849714136.
  • Martins, R.D.A. and L.C. Ferreira. 2011. Understanding the Human Dimensions: Challenges for the Research on Global Environmental Change in Latin America. In: Hensel, O., J.F. Selbach and C. Bilibio (eds). Sustainable Water Management in the Tropics and Subtropics- Case Studies in Brazil. Volume 4 – Administration: Legislation, Social, Politics, Economy, Urbanity, Land Use, Education. Kassel: Unipampa/Unikassel/PGCult-UFMA.
  • Eriksen, S.; P. Aldunce; C.S. Bahinipati; R.D.A. Martins; J.I. Molefe; C. Nhemachena; K.L. O’Brien; F. Olorunfemi; J. Park; L. Sygna and K. Ulsrud. 2011. When not every response to climate change is a good one: Defining criteria for sustainable adaptation. Climate and Development 3(1): 7-20. doi:10.3763/cdev.2010.0060. ISSN: 1756-5529.
  • Ferreira, L.C.; T.H.N. Andrade; R.D.A. Martins; F. Barbi; L.C. Ferreira; L.F. Mello; A. Urbinatti and F. Oliveira. 2011. Governing Climate Change in Brazilian Coastal Cities: Risks and Strategies. Journal of US-China Public Administration 8(1): 51-65. ISSN: 1548-6591.
  • Martins, R.D.A. and L.C. Ferreira. 2010. Enabling Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas: A Local Governance Approach. INTERthesis (UFSC) 7(2): 241-275. doi:10.5007/1807-1384.2010v7n2p241. ISSN: 1807-1384.
  • Martins, R.D.A. and L.C. Ferreira. 2010. The Research on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change in Latin America: looking back, moving forward. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 2(3): 264-280. doi:10.1108/17568691011063042. ISSN: 1756-8692.

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