I have two Baschelor degrees, on Human and Physical Geography, and in Teaching Geography as well as a Master degree in Soil Sciences – both in the Federal University of Viçosa of Minas Gerais (MG)/Brazil. I am an 'adjunct professor' (a permanent teaching) at Federal Institute of MG (IFMG, acronym in Portuguese), where I teach “Agricultral Extension” for the Baschelor course of Agronomy and Biology - including methods and theories to integrate scientific and non-scientific knowledge and support the land use and resource management of small scale farmers and Indigenous peoples and Local communities (IPLC). I also teach Geography for technical courses at IFMG.
The topic of my PhD thesis follows from the research career I have started since 2007 on Ethnoecology and Ethnoepedology which are disciplines that aim to understand the "Indigenous and Local knowledge"(ILK) systems of IPLC (i.s. peasants, maroons and indigenous communities among others). My research aims overall, to advance the legitimate and effective inclusion of ILK together with scientific knowledge in knowledge integration and co-production processes and outcomes that are used to mediate the implementation of environmental policies. The research also pays attention to: i) further the dialogue and cross-fertilization of knowledge and worldviews between Southern and Western (Northern) scholars and practitioners; ii); iii) understand what the diversity comprised in scientific and non-scientific knowledge is made up of, in association to ontologies, worldviews, and practices; iii) support the management by science, policy, and society actors of uneven power relations that pervade and perform these processes, as well as the dominance of Western knowledge, dichotomization, and reductionism they comprise; iv) understand the entwinement and holistic addressing of knowledge, sociocultural and ecological diversity in different scales of landscape and territorial contexts; v) contribute to the advance of global frameworks that are applied in local contexts, including environmental assessments frameworks that draw on the concepts of "Ecosystem services" and of "Nature's contributions to people" (of IPBES), and natural resource management and governance planning frameworks that draw on concepts of “integrated landscape approaches" and of "Adaptive Collaborative Resource Management". Finally, I analyse the drivers and implications of knowledge inclusion and exclusion; and the feasibility, uncertainty; and trade-offs and synergies involved in policy planning and practices and in diverse social sectors’ practices that affect nature conservation and the capacity of IPLC to contribute to biodiversity. Diverse "action-research participatory" methods are applied therefore in a methodological bricolage that links social and natural sciences.
I aspire to contribute with this research topic and themes, to support environmental conservation; social-ecological resilience; sustainable development; epistemological, sociocultural and ecological diversity; human and (non-human) well-being; IPLC's identity and land rights and needs on food/livelihoods and territorial security and sovereignty; and orienting science, policy, and soceity towards social and environmental justice.