GSI Seminar - The river is dead and we will die too: Investigating hydro-power in Mato Grosso, Brazil

23 February 2018, 13:00 - 14:00
Cambridge campus

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Dr Lauren Crabb, from Coventry University London campus will be leading this lunchtime seminar, presenting a pilot project she conducted to investigate the social impacts of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. 

In the early 2000s Brazil suffered an energy crisis which led to prolonged black outs across the country. Under this context a programme of developing renewable energy sources began across the country under various Federal programmes. The social and environmental impacts of large hydroelectric dams are well documented in the literature, yet largely ignored by large conglomerate organisations and politicians trying to secure energy production. This same story can be said of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

This presentation charts the rise in popularity of hydroelectric dams in Mato Grosso to provide low cost and high profit energy which is sold to neighbouring states. By exploring the views of the local population with the backdrop of Federal and State policies we try to explain how hydroelectricity is becoming another vehicle to ensure current social relations, whilst causing environmental damage and destroying the livelihoods of the local populations.

A light lunch will be provided, the event is free to attend and open to all

Event Details

23 February 2018, 13:00 - 14:00
Cambridge campus
Open to all, free to attend