Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Postgraduate







16 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Law and policies as instruments to regulate people’s relationships in society have always interested me, especially when it comes to the role that law and policies can play in supporting sustainable transitions.

Over the past three years I have developed knowledge of public policy across multiple geographic world areas, including Brazil, Europe, and the U.S. While serving as a Research Associate at the Energy Biosciences Institute (USA) and developing my Master thesis research at the University of Illinois European Union Center, I conducted legal research on sustainability metrics and agri-environmental measures put forward in multiple policy frameworks, including the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Brazilian Forest Code. 

I am currently working as a Research Postgraduate at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London under the supervision of Dr. Rocio Diaz-Chavez and Dr. Clive Potter. My research interests lie primarily in the areas of sustainability, institutional theory, landscape governance, collective action, peasant studies and agroecology. In my PhD, I study transformative governance systems supporting agroecological transitions in resource-poor communities in the developing world. More specifically, my research explores how institutions, power relations, history and discourses have shaped agri-food and landscape governance in the state of Pernambuco, Northeast Brazil. 



Aguiar R, Endres JM, Taylor C, et al., 2017, Public Conservation Policies on Private Land: A Case Study of the Brazilian Forest Code and Implications for the Agro-Industry Sector, Pace Environmental Law Review, Vol:34, ISSN:0738-6206

de Aguiar Athias RO, 2016, Book Review: "Global Environmental Forest Policies: An International Comparison" Constance L. McDermott, Benjamin Cashore and Peter Kanowski, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Vol:18, ISSN:1464-3332

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