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Social and environmental processes that accompany the construction of Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, Altamira, PA

Grant number: 15/02883-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Emilio Federico Moran
Grantee:Vanessa Boanada Fuchs
Host Institution: Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais (NEPAM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/51465-0 - Social and environmental processes that accompany the construction of Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, Altamira, PA, AP.SPEC


The work will focus on the impacts of Belo Monte on the riverine populations near Altamira that will be affected by the reservoir that will flood many riverine communities. The postdoc will evaluate the social and economic system of these traditional populations during the process of dam construction, how their lives will be changed, and where they are resettled. In theoretical terms, the postdoc will gain experience with new approaches to human-environment research, in order to better understand how people make decisions and how they adapt to a situation of rapid environmental, social and economic change. The work will try to build a comprehensive understanding of how the construction of Belo Monte is changing the lives of riverine populations, and how they make decisions about their future within this context. The postdoc will collaborate with another Postdoc that will focus on the urban population of Altamira since many riverine people are or will be urbanized. It is expected the postdoc will spend a minimum of four months a year in the riverine communicities, to work with other team members, facilitate the field work of the entire team, and to travel to Michigan each year to coordinate publications with the PI. (AU)

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