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Eduardo Brondizio

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ACT Associate Director of Research, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Adjunct Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7100
Phone: (812) 855-8162
ebrondiz[at]indiana [dot] edu

Research Interests: Environmental anthropology, land use and landscape history, Ethnobotany and people-forest interaction, remote sensing applications in Anthropology, household economy and demographics, human adaptation to climate change

I am motivated by the study of rural populations and small farmers in Brazil and Latin America, their ways of life and livelihoods, their social and economic identities, and their importance to the larger society. I see my work contributing to unveil local heterogeneity and the reality of people hidden within regional and global levels of analysis, subsumed or de-contextualized under macro-level explanations of social and environmental change such as common for regions as the Amazon. My own research trajectory has evolved towards understanding interactions between household and community-level processes and larger social, political, and economic systems. My research approach seeks to integrate ethnographic and historical investigation, household surveys, ethnobotanical methods, and tools such as remote sensing, GIS, network analysis, and diverse modeling techniques to study socioeconomic, demographic, and land use change at multiple levels of analysis. My current research is focused on understanding the role of household and community level decisions on the formation of regional social-ecological complexity in the Amazon. Since the late 1980s, I have centered my work in the Amazon region studying the formation and transformation of rural families and communities as they interact with government policies and development programs, regional and global commodity markets, demographic and environmental change, and it is concerned with the local and regional social and environmental implications of these processes, including issues of poverty, deforestation, and the emergence of regional rural-urban network systems. I have maintained a systematic and cumulative, field-based research program in the Amazon focused on the region’s historical peasantry, riverine caboclos of the Amazon estuary, colonist farmers settled along the region’s highways (e.g., Trans-Amazon, and Br-163), and, more recently, rural-urban networks studied in collaboration with colleagues and graduate students. I am also involved with several collaborative and comparative international programs examining human dimensions of global climate change and sustainable development, sociocultural dimensions of ecosystem services programs, and efforts to develop collaborative frameworks for socio-ecological systems research. These include involvement with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Program (IHDP), and several collaborative research networks.

Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences
Chairman, Department of Anthropology, 2005- 2012
ACT's Associate Director for Research
Chercheur Invité, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France, Paris France
Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Native Studies Program (NAIS), and the COAS Individualized Major Program (IMP), Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Ph.D., Environmental Science/Anthropology, Indiana University, 1996
Certificate, Remote Sensing Specialization, São Paulo, Brazil, 1988
B.S., Agronomic Engineering, Universidade de Taubaté, São Paulo, Brazil, 1987