UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy
In 2010, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Fulbright Commission of Brazil signed an agreement to create a Fulbirght Visiting Professorship in Environmental Sciences and Policy, which brings an eminent Brazilian scholar to the University of Texas at Austin to teach a graduate course and conduct research for one semester each academic year, from 2011 through 2015.
This program is a testimony to the strong cross-university interest in Environmental and Brazilian Studies and to LLILAS's leading role in bringing these diverse constituencies together, while attracting prominent Latin American scholars to the UT campus. It is supported by five different units of the University of Texas at Austin, including: the Office of the President, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the McCombs School of Business, and the School of Law.
Amaro Pereira is an economist specializing in the energy sector. He earned his master’s and PhD degrees in Energy Planning from COPPE, the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Post-Graduate Institute of Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, where he now serves as associate professor. In addition to his teaching, Pereira is a researcher at the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment in Rio de Janeiro and director of the Institute for Strategic Development of the Energy Sector, ILUMINA. He is author or co-author of books, journal articles, book chapters, and research reports on energy and the environment. Professor Pereira will offer the course Public Policy and Planning of the Energy Sector during fall 2015.
Celio Bermann is an Associate Professor with and Vice-Coordinator of the Graduate Program on Energy at the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Bermann teaches courses on environmental energy systems fundamentals, resources and energy supply, and policy analysis of energy and environmental issues. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Campinas; an MSc in Production Engineering from the University of Rio de Janeiro, with a specialization in urban and regional planning; and a BA in Architecture from the University of Sao Paulo. He also received a DEA in History and Geography of Populations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris. Dr. Bermann's most recent works include the book To Have and Have Not Resource Governance in the 21st Century (Berlin: Henrich Böll Foundation, 2008), and the journal article “Green and Sustainable Economy” (Estudos Avançados, v. 26, no. 74, Sao Paulo, 2012). He will teach one graduate seminar in Spring 2014, LAS 381 Biofuels production and consumption: the international context and the Brazilian experience to replace fossil fuels.
Edson Peters teaches environmental law at the undergraduate and graduate level in various universities throughout Brazil and is a prosecutor for Paraná’s State Public Ministry of Justice. He received his master's in the law of public relations and his doctorate in federal law from the Universidade Federal de Paraná. Professor Peters has taught in the International Master’s Program in Urban and Industrial Environment of the UFPR-SENAI at the Universität Stuttgart, Germany. He also has been a researcher in environmental law at the Universidad de Burgos, Spain. During spring 2012 he will teach the course Comparative Study and Analysis of Environmental Jurisdiction and Competences.
Dr. Oswaldo dos Santos Lucon of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is the first UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy, teaching at UT during the spring semester of 2011. Dr. Lucon is also a technical adviser to the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat and currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the São Paulo State Climate Change Council. He received his PhD in energy from USP and also holds an MS in clean technology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Scotland. Dr. Lucon is currently a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is teaching the course Energy and Climate Change: Policies and Challenges, which provides an overview of the ongoing initiatives in emerging economies and developing countries that address challenges posed by climate change.