Eduardo S. Brondizio is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University (USA). He held the Antonio Nariño Chair as Visiting Professor (from September 2012 to March 2013) at the University of Paris 3/Sorbonne Nouvelle, Institut des Hautes Études de l’Amérique Latine, in Paris. His research focuses on a comparative analysis of rural populations in Brazil and other Latin American countries, with a special focus on these populations’ interactions with government development programmes, the regional and global commodities sector, and demographic and climate change. He also studies the consequences of these transformations for local populations and for sustainable regional development. His work incorporates ethnographic, socio-demographic and historical enquiries, as well as institutional and geospatial analyses, and the study of rural/urban networks. He has contributed to many international evaluations of the human aspects of environmental change on a global level. He is a member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP/ICSU).
My goal in applying for a fellowship at Paris IAS for the 2012-13 academic year is twofold: First, during the autumn semester, I will finish writing a book entitled Families, Communities, and Cities: On the Emergence of Socio-Ecological Complexity in the Amazon. The first part of the book presents an historical review of social theory focusing on human/environment interaction. In this part, I will introduce a framework that will support the second part of the book. The second part is based on the integration of longitudinal ethnographic research and regional data collected over the past 25 years in different parts of the Amazon. My second goal, during the second semester, is to organise, through Paris IAS, a series of seminars involving French and international scholars (in collaboration with colleagues at the Laboratory of Social Anthropology-Collège de France, CREADAL/IHEAL-Paris III, and EHESS) focusing on the contributions of social sciences to the study of global environmental change and sustainability. This series will lead to the organisation of an edited volume on the topic, notably highlighting the contributions of French scholarship to this emerging area of research.