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American University
Belo Monte dam, hydroelectric energy, conservation, Amazon, sustainable development, honeybees, urban sustainability
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About Me

I am a social scientist who focuses on Brazilian sustainable development issues. My expertise is in Amazon region conservation and development policies, especially around hydroelectric dams and conservation areas. I have researched and written extensively about the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project, in particular. My research areas also include a focus on the politics surrounding honeybee and pollinator protection, bicycling and urban development, and urban sustainability and resilience issues.

Recent Publications

Bratman, E., Shelley, D., Brunette, K, & Nicholson, S. “Justice is the Goal: Divestment as a Radical Tactic within the Climate Movement.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 2016. () 1-14. DOI 10.1007/s13412-016-0377-6.

Bratman, E. December 16, 2015. Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam and the Green Economy. Panoramas.

Bratman, E.Passive Revolution in the Green Economy: Activism and the Belo Monte Dam.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 15:1 (March 2015), 61-77.  The final publication is available at

Bratman, E. “Brazil, the Green Economy and Challenging Environmental Norms in Global Governance.” in Matthew Taylor and Oliver Steunkel, eds., Brazil and the Liberal Order, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

Bratman, E.Contradictions of Green Development: Human Rights and Environmental Norms in Light of Belo Monte Dam Activism.Journal of Latin American Studies 46: 2 (May 2014), 261-289.

Bratman, E. “Human Rights and Environmental Advocacy in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon.” in Ed Lorenz, Dana Aspinall and Mike Raley, eds., Montesinos’ Legacy: The Universality of Human Rights (Lexington Books, 2014).

Bratman, E. “Development’s Paradox: Washington DC is a Third World City?” Third World Quarterly, 32: 9 (November 2011), 1541-1556.

Media Coverage

Eve Bratman on Al Jazeera English, speaking about the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam (Inside Story Americas, February 2012)

TEDx, American University. Behind the Buzz: What Honeybees can Teach us About our Interconnected World. April 17, 2015

Honey Harvest (video), by Lauren Neville.

KCBS Radio (San Francisco). Bicycling and Low Income Populations, live interview. July 27, 2014

WTOP Radio (Washington DC). Local beekeepers grow population as activists target garden centers. May 8, 2014

Al Jazeera News (television). Rio Protests Oil Royalties. November 23, 2012 (commentator)


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