Dr M.V. Isaias Mendes (Vinícius)

Employee - Environment

Dr M.V. Isaias Mendes (Vinícius)
Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 141
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN

Postal address

Postbus 9108
6500 HK NIJMEGEN

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


In my research, I try to understand how unequal power relations modulate practices of (transnational) environmental governance involving Brazil and, more broadly, Latin America. In doing so, I engage with concepts from the disciplines of International Relations and Political Economy, recently with a reflectivist/constructivist approach.

I have participated in three research projects so far. First, between 2015-2016, I conducted on-site observations and interviews to analyze how international organisations, private companies and the municipal government have collaborated to shape ‘climate smart city’ policies in Rio de Janeiro.

Subsequently, I studied how digital platforms (firms and technologies) have been re-shaping the political economy of climate change. To tackle this question, I have carried out fied research in Brazil, Germany and the USA between 2018-2022.

Currently, I am working on the Horizon Europe project PLANET4B (2023-2026), where I co-lead a case study on how the supply chains of beef and soy between Brazil and the Netherlands affect biodiversity and local communities in the Amazon.

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