Concentration Area: Social Environmental Development

The Program structure concentrates on the area of knowledge known as Social Environmental Development, which depicts its essence and comprises four research lines and their respective research projects. These research lines  demonstrate the faculty and students scholarship and scientific publications, including their thesis and dissertations. The latter are linked to their supervisor`s research projects, with strong interdisciplinary articulation aimed at development  and environmental studies.


Research Line:

Economic, Regional and Agrarian Development

It brings up issues of economic development by an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on regional development and agrarian dynamics, with emphasis on the complexities involving nature-society interaction.

Registred/Certified Groups in CNPq – Total of Groups: 2 

1. Agrarian Dynamics and Sustainable Development in the Amazon (Leader: Professor Francisco de Assis Costa). 

2. Economic History and Public Planning in the Amazon (Leader: Professor Fábio Carlos da Silva). 


Research Line:

State, Institutions, Planning, and Public Policies

The impacts of the institutional economic-social alterations are interpreted in this research line from an effort of methodological integration, allowing both historical studies and up-to-date themes to have an interdisciplinary approach.

Registred/Certified Groups in CNPq – Total of Groups: 4 

1. Analysis and Evaluation of Public Policies (Leader: Professor Armin Mathis). 

2. Defense and Frontier in the International Amazon (Leader: Professor Durbens Martins Nascimento). 

3. Communication, Culture and Development in the Amazon (Leader: Professor Fábio Fonseca de Castro)

4. Center of Studies of Governability and Policies in the Amazon (Leader: Professor Josep Pont Vidal).

5. ReExisTERRA – Indigenous and Traditional Populance in Times of Climatic Changes: Adaptations, Persistance and Resistance in Amazonian Lands and Territories (Leader: Professor Marcela Vecchione Gonçalves).


Research Line:

Natural Resources Management

In this research line, researches, in a interdisciplinary approach, seek to identify and comprehend the various forms of access and use of natural resources and the unfolding of these actions in global, regional and local changes.

Registred/Certified Groups in CNPq – Total of Groups: 2 

1. Productive Chain, Market and Sustainable Development (Leader: Professor Antonio Cordeiro de Santana)

2. Economy, Conservation and Environmental Governance of the Amazon (Leader: Professor Claudia de Barros e Azevedo Ramos)

3. Development and Use of Natural Resources in the Amazon (Leader: Professor Oriana Trindade de Almeida). 

4. Public Policies and Institutional Change (Leader: Professor Nírvia Ravena).


Research Line:

Society, Urbanization and Population Studies

The complexities of social and cultural issues in the cities and the migration phenomena are brought up in an integrated form in this research line, which also exams topics like traditional populations, social cartographies, human territorialities and spatialities of activities, and diverse social groups.

Registred/Certified Groups in CNPq – Total of Groups: 7 

1. Work, Companies, and Globalized Markets (Leader: Professor Edna Maria Ramos de Castro). 

2. Environment, Population, and Development of the Amazon - MAPAZ (Leader: Professor Luis Eduardo Aragon Vacca). 

3. Territorial Arragement and Urban Diversity in the Amazon – GEOURBAM (Leader: Professor Saint-Clair Cordeiro da Trindade Júnior). 

4. Tourism, Culture and Environment (Leader: Professor Silvio José de Lima Figueiredo). 

5. New Social Cartography Laboratory: Processes of Territorialization, Collective Identities and Social Movements (Leader: Professor Rosa Acevedo, in partnership with Dr. Alfredo Wagner Berno de Almeida). 

6. Leisure, Environment and Society Research Group (Leader: Professor Mirleide Chaar Bahia). 

7. Biodiversity, Natural Resources Management and and Society in the Guiana Shield (Leader: Professor Ligia Terezinha Lopes Simonian).