Matheus Alves Zanella

Research Fellow
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Matheus A. Zanella is Research Fellow at the IASS Cluster Global Contract for Sustainability since August 2012. He holds a Master’s in Rural Development from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Ghent University in Belgium and AgroCampus Ouest-France (2011) and a Bachelor in International Relations from the University of Brasília (2007). He has previous working experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) office in Brasília, the Brazilian Ministry of Rural Development and farmers' organizations in his home country, always dealing with topics related to trade, agricultural and environmental policies and their interaction with food security and sustainable management of natural resources.



Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012-current: Research Fellow at IASS Potsdam
  • 2011: Consultant for Trade Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural and Forestry Products, FAO-Brazil & Brazilian Ministry of Rural Development (MDA), Brasília, Brazil.
  • 2009: Consultant, Neofertil Innovations and Investments in Biocapacity, Brasília, Brazil
  • 2006-2009: Policy Assistant for International Affairs, Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture, Brasília, Brazil
  • 2006: Assistant for International Trade Promotion, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), Brasília, Brazil

Research Interests

  • Pro-poor natural resource governance
  • Agri-environmental policies in developing countries
  • Development theory and South-South Development Cooperation
  • Transdisciplinary studies

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Zanella, M. A. & Cardoso, L. V. (2011). Agri-environmental Policies in Brazil and Perspectives for Evaluation. OECD Workshop on the Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies. OECD Publishing, Paris. (link)
  • Zanella, M. A. (2011). Why do Farmers Join Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Schemes? As Assessment of PES-Water Project Participation in Brazil. Master Thesis. GRIN Publishing, Munich. (link)
  • Zanella, M. A. (2010). REDD and opportunities for the promotion of rural development projects in Brazil. Agricultural Policy Magazine, n.3/2010. Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Brasília. (link)

Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2013. Governing Land and Controlling Resources in the Andean region of Imbabura Province, Ecuador. 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Fujiyoshida, Japan.
  • 2012. Why do Farmer s Join Payments for Environmental Services (PES) schemes?. World Water Week 2012. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2012. Payments for Ecosystem Services: The Concept, the Critique, the Soil. Global Soil Week 2012. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011. Agricultural niche markets: what, why, where, and how? Exploring strategies in Brazil and Latin America. Workshop on South-South Cooperation, Brazilian Company for Agricultural Research. Brasília, Brasil.