Débora Lima

Post doctorate researcher
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Débora is a nember of the Latin American Social Science Council. She holds a PhD in Geography from Campinas State University (UNICAMP), Brazil, and was a PhD researcher at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México from 2016 to 2017. She was a professor at the Department of Geography at São Paulo State University and at the Department of Public Administration at the Federal University of Ouro Preto. She has extensive research experience in Latin America, especially in the Cerrado and Amazonia biomes in Brazil. She has also collaborated with a number of NGOs, including the Social Network of Justice and Human Rights, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), the National Campaign for Preservation of Cerrado, the Food First Information Action Network (FIAN) International, and ActionAid. She has been an academic activist since 2012, collaborating with several social movements in Brazil, including workers’ unions, the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) and the Pastoral Land Commission. Her research-resistance has been focused on rural development, political ecology, land conflicts, territorial politics, environmental justice, grassroots, and social movements. She works with peasant, afro-descendant and Indigenous communities, sharing information about farmland acquisitions by foreign companies, deforestation, illegal commodity farms, land conflicts and land grabbing, and providing territorial and anthropological reports to contribute to the recognition of human rights and traditional territories.