Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers:
Dr. Christian Brannstrom
Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
A.B. International Relations, University of California, Davis, 1990
Dr. Christian Brannstrom’s research focuses on nature-Society relations, in particular the historical geography of the environment and resource management in Brazil and Latin America. He also has a keen interest in environmental history and has edited a recent volume Territories, Commodities and Knowledges: Latin American Environmental History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London). In addition, Dr, Brannstrom is interested in changes in natural resource regimes, particularly the decentralization of policies for water resources, and the impacts of agricultural land uses on the environment in Brazil, particularly western Bahia. An ongoing project, “New Environmental Governance in Brazil”, developed by Dr. Brannstrom, analyzed types of governance regimes, evaluates the influence of state actors and civil society on water governance, and measures environmental outcomes of new governance regimes.
New Environmental Governance in Brazil - analyzes types of governance regimes, evaluates the influence of state actors and civil society on water governance, and measures environmental outcomes of new governance regimes.
The Making of an Irrigated Agricultural Landscape in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, 1900-1945” is planned as a book covering three major themes: (1) ideas, stressing the invention of the Lower Rio Grande Valley as a “Magic Valley,” an ethnically white agricultural paradise with abundant, cheap, and subservient Mexican labor; (2) water governance, focusing on the construction of the irrigation infrastructure by private firms and their conversion to quasi-public irrigation and water districts; and (3) land, emphasizing the clearing of shrubland and constructing the grapefruit commodity chain.