Dr Antonio A R Ioris (principal investigator) is Reader in human geography at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. In the 1990s, Ioris worked as agricultural engineer in the southern tracts of the Amazon and, since 2010, has conducted research on development, poverty and agricultural frontiers in the region. His academic interests rest in the political dimension of the interdependencies between social groups and the rest of nature. Most of current research is related to social and environmental justice, the multiple obstacles faced by marginalised groups and creative reactions at different geographical scales. The work is intended to have both academic and more-than-academic relevance and is focused on the political economy of development environmental regulation, the resistance of indigenous peoples, governance and politics.
Dr. Vitale Joanoni Neto
Dr. Vitale Joanoni Neto (co-investigator) is adjunct professor at the Department of History at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, in the Graduation and Post-Graduation, Master and Doctorate programmes (see details at: http://ppghis.com/ppghis/corpo-docente.html). He has a PhD in History from UNESP and his research is currently focused on development process in Brazil and Mato Grosso in the second half of the twentieth century, including questions related to migration, labour, the Catholic Church and policy-making. In 2015/16 he was visiting scholar at the School of Geosciences in the University of Edinburgh working in collaboration with Dr Antonio Ioris. More information at http://lattes.cnpq.br/4250602422299416