Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Title:  Oil Palm Plantations in Forest Territories: Environmentalism, Agrarian Politics and the Transformation of Traditional Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon

Date: October 3, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker:  Diana Cordoba Queen's University

The current oil palm boom is arguably one of the most rapid agroenvironmental transformations in the Brazilian Amazon. Little is known about how oil palm plantations impact traditional livelihoods in forest territories. This talk analyzes geo-historical context and changes in livelihoods of differentiated social groups; explores the impact of recent expansion of oil palm in the state of Pará, Brazil, and outlines some of the challenges forest communities face when trying to claim their rights to defend nature and their livelihoods. This research speaks to the production and transformation of particular naturesocial configurations in the Amazon.


Diana Cordoba

Diana Cordoba, Queen's University

Diana Cordoba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. Her research draws on critical agrarian studies and political ecology approaches to emphasize the interactions between local situations and wider economic and political processes in which power influences the (uneven) distribution of resources and shapes development discourses, interventions and institutions. Dr. Cordoba is the author of Participation, Politics, and Technology: Agrarian development in post-neoliberal Bolivia.