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Eve Bratman is fascinated by the political struggles and social frictions involved in efforts to achieve sustainable development. Her primary research focuses on the Brazilian Amazon, and concentrates on how environmental governance takes place as plans for land use, infrastructure, and forest conservation are taking shape. Her forthcoming book, tentatively entitled Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon , is based on a decade of scholarly research in Brazil. Prof. Bratman also has an active research interest in urban sustainability and environmental justice issues in the United States. Her ongoing research concerns the links between community organizing in the face of economic displacement and climate change resiliency in Washington DC (in a collaborative funded research project with Prof. Malini Ranganathan), and on the honeybee as a microcosm of global environmental politics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Rural Livelihoods and Food Systems, International Development, Urban Development, and a seminar called The Honeybee in International Relations. She has published articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies, International Environmental Agreements, Human Ecology, and Third World Quarterly, and CityLab, among others.
C. Anne Claus is an environmental anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary Japan. Her forthcoming book (in development), Drawing Near: Conservation Practice in Okinawa’s Coral Reefs, investigates how the interplay of international and local discourses of resource stewardship produces sustainable practices and shapes social transformation. An ethnography about experientially-focused conservation in Japan’s only subtropical prefecture, Drawing Near offers new perspectives on the projects of international conservation, which is often characterized elsewhere by its protectionist approach. The book is based on two years of ethnographic research with diverse costal residents in the Okinawan islands, local and international conservationists, and marine policy makers from around the Japanese archipelago. She has published work on the socio-economic impacts of environmental policies on coastal communities; the political ecology of disasters; and conservation social science. Dr. Claus is also starting a new research project on alternative food provisioning systems (like community-supported fisheries) in post-disaster Japan.