Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira

PhD Candidate
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 member of the Land Deal Politics Initiative, 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)

 

Selected Publications:

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 SoybeansJournal 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 RestructuringJournal 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 GrabDevelopment 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 RestorationRestoration 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.

*Please contact me if you don’t have access to a journal and would like a copy of my publications.

 

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)