As a scholar, teacher, and citizen, she merges scholarship on sustainability governance with a social justice lens to foster a more socially and ecologically interconnected world.
She is author of an award-winning book, Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon (Oxford University Press, 2019). The question of how sustainable development is envisioned and carried into politics orients all of her work. Dr. Bratman is a political ecologist with interdisciplinary training in international relations (PhD 2009, from American University’s School of International Service).
Her research and teaching focus on a range of related issues: urban sustainability and prospects for climate justice, and how pollinator protection relates to a range of issues in global environmental politics issues. She uses postcolonial/decolonial theories, development critiques, and mixed social science methods with an emphasis on ethnography. In her teaching, community-based research and experiential learning collaborations feature prominently.
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