BA, New College of Florida 2006. MA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009.
Brazil, China, global agroindustrial restructuring, geopolitics, political ecology
189 McCone Hall
My dissertation focuses on Chinese investments in Brazilian agribusiness and related infrastructure, but my interests extend to the political ecology of agroindustrialization, the geopolitics of the BRICS, hegemony, and class formation. I have also researched the transnational soybean sector, and the political ecology of land governance and biofuels in Brazil and beyond. I am a secretariat member of the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies, and guest editor with Susanna Hecht of a special issue on “Soy Production in South America: Globalization and New Agroindustrial Landscapes” in the Journal of Peasant Studies.
Visiting Scholar (Fall 2016)
College of Humanities and Social Development
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (Yangling, China)
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Susanna B. Hecht (Eds.). In Press. Soy, Globalization, and Environmental Politics in South America. London and New York: Routledge.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., B. McKay, and C. Plank. 2017. How Biofuel Policies Backfire: Misguided Goals, Inefficient Mechanisms, and Political-Ecological Blind Spots. In Press in Energy Policy.
German, L., A. Goetz, T. Searchinger, J. Tomei, G. de L. T. Oliveira, and C. Hunsberger. 2017. Sine Qua Nons of sustainable biofuels: Distilling implications of under-performance for national biofuel programs. In Press in Energy Policy.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Susanna B. Hecht. 2016. Sacred Groves, Sacrifice Zones, and Soy Production: Globalization, Intensification and Neo Nature in South America. Introduction to special issue: Soy Production in South America: Globalization and New Agroindustrial Landscapes, Journal of Peasant Studies 43(2): 251-285.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2016a. The Geopolitics of Brazilian Soybeans. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(2): 348-372.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2016b. Regularização Fundiária e a “Corrida Mundial por Terras” no Brasil (Land Regularization and the “Global Rush for Land” in Brazil). (An updated, translated, and revised version of an earlier publication in Development and Change). Revista Campo/Território 11(23): 43-75.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Mindi Schneider. 2016. The Politics of Flexing Soybeans: China, Brazil, and Global Agroindustrial Restructuring. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(1): 167-194.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2015. Chinese and Other Foreign Investments in the Brazilian Soybean Complex. Working Paper n. 9, BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2013a. Land Regularization in Brazil and the Global Land Grab. Development and Change 44 (2): 261-283.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2013b. Land Regularization in Brazil and the Global Land Grab. In Governing Global Land Deals: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land, W. Wolford, S. M. Borras, Jr., R. Hall, I. Scoones and B. White (eds.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 71-92.
Eitzel, M., S. Diver, H. Sardiñas, L. Hallett, J. Olson, A. Romero, G. de L. T. Oliveira, A. Schuknecht, R. Tidmore and K. Suding. 2012. Insights from a Cross-Disciplinary Seminar: 10 Pivotal Papers for Ecological Restoration. Restoration Ecology 20 (2): 147–152.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2010. Prescrições Agroecológicas para a Crise Atual (Agroecological Prescriptions for the Current Crisis). Revista NERA (the Journal of the Center for Studies of Agrarian Reform of the São Paulo State University) 13(16): 33-47.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2009. Uma Descrição Agroecológica da Crise Atual (An agroecological description of the current crisis). Revista NERA (the Journal of the Center for Studies of Agrarian Reform of the São Paulo State University) 12(15): 66-87.
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Teaching at UC Berkeley:
Geography 138: Global Political Ecology (Lead Instructor, Summer 2016)
Geography 130: Food and the Environment (GSI Spring 2013 & Spring 2016)
Geography 10: Worldings: Peoples, Regions, and States (GSI Fall 2013)
Development Studies 100: History of Development and Underdevelopment (GSI Spring 2017)
Teaching at the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (China):
Advanced Social Science Seminar: Food, Development, and the Environment
(Co-Instructor, Fall 2016 – Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China)