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.
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.