Professor Eve Bratman "The Death and Life of Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon"

November 12 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Stager 114 Classroom

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"The Death and Life of Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon"
While global fanfare over Sustainable Development Goals abounds, the Brazilian Amazon is on fire, and all sorts of plans are made for the region that continue to take place in the name of sustainable development. Based on ethnographic research and detailed case studies that focus on the creation of vast conservation corridors, the construction of one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world, and new forms of land settlement projects, Dr. Bratman's research shows how well - intentioned plans for Amazonian sustainable development lead to state encroachments, capital expansion, and regional imbalances of power. On the balance, such interventions are more devastating than beneficial. Given that governmental and corporate interests are constantly bumping up against those of environmentalists and local populations, Dr. Bratman argues that sustainable development is essentially a political process, and should be thought of more as a process involving embroilment in conflict rather than a product or a sweet spot of harmonious balance. Her work interrogates why sustainable development continues to be such a powerful and influential idea in the region, and the uneven impacts it has had on various political and economic interests and geographic areas. 
Eve Bratman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. She is a political ecologist who has a doctorate in International Relations from American University's School of International Service. Eve joined Franklin & Marshall College in 2016, where her research and teaching focus on climate justice, global environmental politics, land use and development politics, and pollinator protection. Her book is Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon. It is based on ten years of research concerning development policies, infrastructure, conservation, and human rights in the Brazilian state of Pará, and it was published by Oxford University Press.
This talk is sponsored by The International Studies Program