Maria Carmen Lemos Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Ph.D. Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.Sc. Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. Economics,Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Research Interests:

My broad research interests are related to the human dimensions of global change and social studies of science. I am particularly interested in understanding: (a) the intersection between development and climate, especially concerning the relationship between anti-poverty programs and risk management (b) the use of technoscientific information, especially seasonal climate (El Nino forecasting) in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change (drought planning, water management, and agriculture) in the U.S. (Great Lakes) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Chile); (c) the impact of technocratic decisionmaking on issues of democracy and equity; (d) the co-production of science and policy and the role of technocrats as decisionmakers; (e) the role of popular participation in urban environmental policymaking and policymaker/client interactions; (f)U.S.-Mexico border region environmental policymaking especially regarding transboundary water conflict, environmental health, a common use of shared natural resources.


Teaching Interests:

international environmental public policy; environment and development; climate and development

Current/Recent Teaching:

Environmental Policymaking in Latin America ENVIRON 212 Global Change III: Impacts, Institutions and Adaptation ENVIRON 313 Environment and Development: Dilemmas of Power and Place in a Global World (with Arun Agrawal) NRE 677 Environment and Development NRE 580 Integrated Problem Solving (with Don Scavia) NRE 563 International Environmental Policy NRE 555 Climate and Development


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