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Raoni Rajão

Former Fellow

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Social Studies of Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil


  • Environment
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Science and Technology

Full Biography

Raoni Rajão is an associate professor in environmental management and social studies of science & technology in the Department of Production Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. His research interests include spatially explicit modelling, ecological economics, political ecology and science-policy interface with a particular focus on climate and forest policies in Brazil. He has collaborated with different agencies of the United Nations, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), amongst others, and has advised senior officials from state and federal governments in the creation of environmental policy with a focus on REDD+ and agricultural traceability. His research has featured in journals such as Global Environmental Politics, Social Studies of Science, Science (AAAS) and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). He is an affiliated member of the Brazilian Academy of Science.

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Major Publications

  • Hecht, S., & Rajão, R. (2020). From “Green Hell” to “Amazonia Legal”: Land use models and the re-imagination of the rainforest as a new development frontier. Land Use Policy, 96, 103871.
  • Rajão, R., Soares-Filho, B., Nunes, F., Börner, J., Machado, L., Assis, D., ... & Figueira, D. (2020). The rotten apples of Brazil's agribusiness. Science, 369(6501), 246-248.
  • Rajão, R., & Georgiadou, Y. (2014). Blame games in the Amazon: Environmental crises and the emergence of a transparency regime in Brazil. Global Environmental Politics, 14(4), 97-115.