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Research Centre Brasilia

About the Research Centre

The Research Centre Brasilia is hosted at the International Relations Institute (IREL) by University of Brasilia.

Research Centre Brasilia is linked to the research group on International System in the Anthropocene and Global Climate Change (CLIM), created in 2007 under the coordination of Professor Eduardo Viola. The group is certified by the University of Brasilia and by the Ministry of Science and Technology/CNPq (National Research Council). CLIM aims at fostering interdisciplinary research, capacity building and science-policy interface concerning three interconnected areas of sustainability governance: climate change, biodiversity/indigenous knowledge and oceans/Antarctica. The focus of Research Centre Brasilia research agenda is on multi-level interactions, mainly related to Brazil, with focus on the Amazon and Cerrado biomes, the South American Amazon and to a lesser extent, the whole South America. The Centres’ research network involves senior and young fellows from different countries and academic backgrounds through joint research and teaching projects.

The IREL at the University of Brasilia has the best graduate program in International Relations in Brazil according to the Ministry of Education/CAPES 2016 Report and a very competitive group of researchers on environmental governance. The IREL offers undergraduate and graduate programs and receives students and researchers from around the world. Recently, researchers from Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Portugal, Germany, Japan and the United States have participated in the Institute activities. Students from developing countries have the chance to apply for Brazilian scholarships through the PEC-PG Federal Program. Being close to the national decision-making Centres (Executive Power, National Congress and Regulatory Agencies for Water, Energy, Biodiversity, Forests, Oceans/Antarctica), as well as to the embassies and international organizations, gives the IR Institute a privileged position for dialogue on sustainability challenges and public policies.

Recent publications

Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence & Digitalization, October 2022

New technologies present significant opportunities to manage natural resources better and safeguard the environment. For instance, artificial intelligence (AI) is…

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits
Five years of climate action and summitry have taught us valuable lessons. Orchestrators of climate action can positively influence performance by setting minimum requirements for credibility and robustness among the initiatives they engage.
Transforming Biodiversity Governance
Edited by Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Marcel T. J. Kok, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
2021 Annual Report
The Earth System Governance Project seeks to mobilise and advance scholarship at the interface between global environmental change and governance. Discover how by learning more about the project in this summary of 2021!