Giovanni M. A. Mascarenhas was born in Goiás, Brazil. Giovanni holds a Master's degree in Agrarian Law and a Law Degree from the Federal University of Goiás. He is a fully qualified lawyer in Brazil with experience in the fields of business, corporate nd environmental law, having worked in private practices as well as in government bodies.
Giovanni's research is focused on the legal and political relations between commodities production and environmental protection in Brazil. Amongst his most important publications are peer-reviewed articles analyzing the relationship the right to adequate food and the use of pesticides, the effects of the so called "green revolution" in the agricultural border in Brazil, and well as the effects of Brazil's policies and laws concerning agriculture and cattle farming on climate, biodiversity and environmental protection.
He is currently a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Climate Protection Programme, developing research focused on the legal and political protection of the Brazilian Amazon. His research is part of the research group "Democratic Governance for Ecopolitical Transformations" led by Maria Cecilia Oliveira at the IASS-Potsdam.