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Mairon G. Bastos Lima is a Research Fellow at the headquarters of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), in Sweden. He focuses on the policy, governance and political dimensions of agri-food systems and commodity supply chains, and collaborates closely with the Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) initiative.

Prior to joining SEI, Mairon worked as a consultant and postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). His research has addressed a range of agriculture and land use issues in developing countries as well as at the international level, including leakage in environmental governance, SDGs’ synergies and politics, the expansion of oil palm in Indonesia and soy in Brazil, climate-smart agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa, and landscape approaches to reconcile forest conservation with rural development in Latin America (Ecuador, Brazil, and Mexico).

Besides being an Earth System Governance fellow, Mairon has collaborated over the years with the UNDP and the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) on social equity dimensions of sustainability. He has published extensively on inclusiveness, sustainable food security, agriculture & tropical deforestation, renewable energy in the context of rural development, and the bioeconomy.

He holds degrees from the Federal University of Paraná (BSc, 2004), the Federal University of Minas Gerais (post-graduate diploma, 2005), the University of Waterloo (MES, 2008), and the VU University Amsterdam (PhD, 2014).


Recent Publications:

  • Bastos Lima, M.G. and Da Costa, K. (2022). Quo vadis, Brazil? Environmental Malgovernance under Bolsonaro and the Ambiguous Role of the Sustainable Development Goals. Bulletin of Latin American Research, forthcoming. (Online access)
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. and Palme, U. (2022). The Bioeconomy–Biodiversity Nexus: Enhancing or Undermining Nature’s Contributions to People? Conservation 2 (1), 7-25. (Online access)
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. (2022). Just transition towards a bioeconomy: Four dimensions in Brazil, India and Indonesia. Forest Policy and Economics 136, 102684. (Online access)
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. (2021). The Politics of Bioeconomy and Sustainability: Lessons from Biofuel Governance, Policies and Production Strategies in the Emerging World. Springer, Dordrecht. [Online access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. and Kmoch, L. (2021). “Neglect paves the way for dispossession: The politics of ‘last frontiers’ in Brazil and Myanmar.” World Development 148, 105681. [Open access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G. (2021). “Corporate Power in the Bioeconomy Transition: The Policies and Politics of Conservative Ecological Modernization in Brazil.” Sustainability 13(12), 6952. [Open access].
  • Bastos Lima, M.G., Harring, N., Jagers, S.C., Löfgren, Å, Persson, U.M., Sjöstedt, M., Brülde, B., Langlet, D., Steffen, W., Alpízar, F. (2021). “Large-scale collective action to avoid an Amazon tipping point – key actors and interventions.” Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 3, 100048. [Open access].
  • Russo Lopes, G., Bastos Lima, M.G., Reis, T.N.P. dos (2021). “Maldevelopment revisited: Inclusiveness and social impacts of soy expansion over Brazil’s Cerrado in Matopiba.” World Development, 139, 105316. [Open access].
  • Russo Lopes, G. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2020). “Necropolitics in the jungle: COVID-19 and the marginalisation of Brazil’s forest peoples.” Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39 (S1), 92-97. [Online access].
  • 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. [Online access]
  • 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]

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