Letícia Santos de Lima

Letícia Santos de Lima

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher (Beatriu de Pinós Fellow) at ICTA, and an Associate Professor at UFMG, Brazil (on leave). I hold an Environmental Engineer degree (UFOP, Brazil, 2009), a MSc degree in Environmental Systems Analysis and Modelling (UFMG, Brazil, 2011), and a PhD degree in Geography (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 2017). My research focuses on the science-policy interface of land-water systems, aiming to understand interactions between land use/cover change, climate change, and the hydrological responses to these interactions. I investigate the impacts of these processes in society and the effectiveness of mechanisms to tackle them. I combine natural science methods, such as environmental modelling and spatial analysis, with social science methods such as institutional analysis, and case study research methods. My research has covered topics such as deforestation and hydrological feedbacks in the Amazon basin, policy analysis of the Brazilian Forest Code, the impact of scientific uncertainty on PES mechanisms for watershed conservation in Colombia, as well as the impacts of dams on local people’s vulnerability.


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