Mairon has a broad international and interdisciplinary background on sustainable development, focused on its policy and governance dimensions.

He specializes in produced resources such as food and energy, with particular interest in themes of sustainable rural development, food security, renewable energy, value chains, and in linking international and domestic spheres of policy and governance.

His education includes: concurrent bachelor and teaching degrees in life sciences (2005); a Master’s in Environmental Studies (2008) with research on agri-food systems sustainability in Brazil and Canada; and a PhD in Environmental Studies (2014) with research on biofuels, comparing policy and governance frameworks in Brazil, India and Indonesia.

His expertise is in qualitative social science frameworks (e.g. analysis of policy instruments and policy coherence; power relations, participation and governance; agency and stakeholder analysis, etc.) and methods (e.g. case study comparisons, in-depth interviews, focus groups).

That is combined with wide fieldwork experience across Asia, Africa and Latin America. In addition to the research for my academic degrees, he has done consultancy work in Brazil, Indonesia and sub-Saharan Africa on indigenous land policy, climate-smart agriculture, REDD+, and recently concluded a post-doctoral programme on foreign finance for forest conservation and sustainable rural development under a “landscape approach” in Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.

He currently works a postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), on sustainable value chains, deforestation prevention, and on policies to prevent leakage.

Selected Publication:

  • Siegel, K.M. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2020) “When international sustainability frameworks encounter domestic politics: The Sustainable Development Goals and agri-food governance in South America”, World Development, Volume 135, November 2020, 105053.
  • Bastos Lima, M.G., Kissinger, G., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Braña Varela, J., Gupta, A. (2017). “The Sustainable Development Goals and REDD+: Assessing Institutional Interactions and the Pursuit of Synergies“. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(4), 589-606. [Online access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Braña Varela, J., and Gupta, A. (2017). “A Reality Check on the Landscape Approach to REDD+: Lessons from Latin America” Forest Policy and Economics, 78, 10-20 [Online access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. and Gupta, J. (2014). “The Extraterritorial Dimensions of Biofuel Policies and the Politics of Scale: Live and Let Die?” Third World Quarterly, 35(3), 392-410 [Online access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. and Gupta, J. (2013). “The Policy Context of Biofuels: A Case of Non-Governance at the Global Level?” Global Environmental Politics, 13(2), 46-64. [Online access]
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. (2012). “An Institutional Analysis of Biofuel Policies and their Social Implications: Lessons from Brazil, India and Indonesia.” United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Occasional Paper n.9, series “Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development”. [Online access]
  • Kuik, O., Bastos Lima, M.G and Gupta, J. (2011). “Energy Security in a Developing World“. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, 2(4), 627-634. [Online access]
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. (2009). “Biofuel Governance and International Legal Principles: Is it Equitable and Sustainable?” Melbourne Journal of International Law, 10(2), 470-492. [Online access]. (This article was selected for a follow-up debate on the Opinio Juris discussion board with Prof. C. Ford Runge, here)
  • McAllister Kattides, M.L. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2008). “Changing Food Systems and Implications for Sustainable Communities: Cyprus, Canada and Brazil.” Environments, 36 (1), 45-58. [Online access]
  • Bastos Lima, M.G (2008). “Street food: Brazilian street vending nourishes the local economy and supports farmers.” Alternatives, 34(3), 30-32.