December 6, the IU Board of Trustees approved ten new appointments to the rank of distinguished professor, the university’s highest rank for scholars and researchers. Among the faculty so recognized was CLACS affiliate Eduardo Brondizio, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes. From the IU press release: “Prof. Brondizio’s work focuses on the study of human-environmental interactions in the Amazon and is at the forefront of current discussions about climate change, biodiversity, sustainability, institutions and governance. He is considered a pioneer on the integration of ethnographic methods, surveys and remote sensing in anthropological research, and a leading authority on multi-scalar analysis. His work has contributed to understanding the mechanisms connecting household decisions and regional landscape change, rural-urban social networks and interactions between global commodity chains and small farmers. Brondizio has served on numerous international scientific boards in the Americas, Europe and Asia and contributed leading roles in international global environmental change and sustainability research initiatives. He is currently the co-chair of the United Nations' Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the most comprehensive assessment to date of biodiversity, ecosystems and their contributions to society.”
Among current projects, Brondizio is leading an international research network examining the contributions of individual and collective action to forest conservation and watershed protection in the Brazilian, Peruvian, and Bolivian Amazon, including the development of participatory future scenarios for the region. In collaboration with IU faculty and graduate students, he continues his long-term research on the transformation of rural communities in the Amazon, the impacts of climate change, deforestation, urbanization, global markets, and poverty in the region. In collaboration with IU colleagues, Brondizio is member of IU’s Emerging Areas of Research project ‘Sustainable Food System Sciences’ (PI James Farmer), which includes research sites in Indiana and from around the world.
Please join CLACS in congratulating Prof. Brondizio!