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I am a geographer, political ecologist, and educator with academic background in political philosophy and the liberal arts. My analytical approach and methodology emerge from an interdisciplinary combination of international political economy, global ethnography, discourse analysis, and critical engagement with historical archives, corporate documents, and government records, particularly on the intersection between transnational capital flows with land, labor, and environmental governance.
My scholarship encompasses three interconnected lines of research.
1. The political ecology of transnational agribusiness and infrastructure, focusing on Chinese investments in Brazilian agribusiness and infrastructure for South American integration.
2. Environmental governance of farmland and biofuels, particularly as transformed by new financial instruments for transnational investments by Chinese companies and US pension funds in Brazil.
3. The co-production of racial and environmental discourses about East Asian diasporas in Latin America, and its implications for contemporary migration and economic cooperation.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. Forthcoming. The Battle of the Beans: How direct Brazil-China soybean trade was stillborn in 2004. Journal of Latin American Geography.
Goetz, A., T. Searchinger, T. Beringer, L. German, B. McKay, G. de L. T. Oliveira, and C. Hunsberger. In press. Reply to commentary on the special issue Scaling up biofuels? A critical look at expectations, performance and governance. Energy Policy.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Susanna B. Hecht (Eds.). 2018. Soy, Globalization, and Environmental Politics in South America. London and New York: Routledge.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2018. Boosters, Brokers, Bureaucrats, and Businessmen: Assembling Chinese Capital with Brazilian Agribusiness. Territory, Politics, Governance.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2018. Chinese Land Grabs in Brazil? Sinophobia and Foreign Investments in Brazilian Soybean Agribusiness. Globalizations 15(1): 114-133.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., B. McKay, and C. Plank. 2017. How Biofuel Policies Backfire: Misguided Goals, Inefficient Mechanisms, and Political-Ecological Blind Spots. Energy Policy 108: 765-775.
German, L., A. Goetz, T. Searchinger, J. Tomei, G. de L. T. Oliveira, and C. Hunsberger. 2017. Sine Qua Nons of sustainable biofuels: Distilling implications of under-performance for national biofuel programs. Energy Policy 108: 806-817.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Susanna B. Hecht. 2016. Sacred Groves, Sacrifice Zones, and Soy Production: Globalization, Intensification and Neo Nature in South America. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(2): 251-285.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2016a. The Geopolitics of Brazilian Soybeans. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(2): 348-372.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2016b. Regularização Fundiária e a "Corrida Mundial por Terras" no Brasil (Land Regularization and the "Global Rush for Land" in Brazil). (An updated, translated, and revised version of an earlier publication in Development and Change). Revista Campo/Território 11(23): 43-75.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., and Mindi Schneider. 2016. The Politics of Flexing Soybeans: China, Brazil, and Global Agroindustrial Restructuring. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(1): 167-194.
Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T. 2015. Chinese and Other Foreign Investments in the Brazilian Soybean Complex. Working Paper n. 9, BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2013a. Land Regularization in Brazil and the Global Land Grab. Development and Change 44 (2): 261-283.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2013b. Land Regularization in Brazil and the Global Land Grab. In Governing Global Land Deals: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land, W. Wolford, S. M. Borras, Jr., R. Hall, I. Scoones and B. White (eds.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 71-92.
Eitzel, M., S. Diver, H. Sardiñas, L. Hallett, J. Olson, A. Romero, G. de L. T. Oliveira, A. Schuknecht, R. Tidmore and K. Suding. 2012. Insights from a Cross-Disciplinary Seminar: 10 Pivotal Papers for Ecological Restoration. Restoration Ecology 20 (2): 147–152.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2010. Prescrições Agroecológicas para a Crise Atual (Agroecological Prescriptions for the Current Crisis). Revista NERA (the Journal of the Center for Studies of Agrarian Reform of the São Paulo State University) 13(16): 33-47.
Oliveira, G. de L. T. 2009. Uma Descrição Agroecológica da Crise Atual (An agroecological description of the current crisis). Revista NERA (the Journal of the Center for Studies of Agrarian Reform of the São Paulo State University) 12(15): 66-87.
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