Dr. Thaissa Sobreiro Wins the 2017 Schmink Outstanding Dissertation Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thaissa Sobreiro is the 2017 winner of the Marianne Schmink Outstanding Dissertation Award from UF’s Tropical Conservation and Development Program. Dr. Sobreiro received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology in 2016 from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) program under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Perz.

Dr. Sobreiro’s dissertation, entitled “Indigenous mobilization and multi-local livelihood strategies in the Middle Rio Negro, northwestern Brazilian Amazon.”

For her dissertation research, Thaissa studied how spatial mobility and increased rural-urban relations affect indigenous community political mobilization and sustainable livelihood strategies at different scales in the Brazilian Amazon. She focused her work in the municipality of Barcelos in the state of Amazonas where she had been conducting work since 2005. The region is one of the most conserved in the Brazilian Amazon and is home to more than 20 indigenous ethnic groups. Thaissa’s research drew from work on social movements, rural household livelihoods, natural resource management and rural-urban migration to understand the interactions between indigenous mobility, political mobilization and livelihood strategies. Her work cut across scales (household, municipality, region) providing a new perspective on the importance of indigenous urban networks in strengthening political organization, increasing sustainable livelihood options and influencing natural resource management.