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The Contribution of Inclusive Waste Management in Building Sustainable Communities: Experiences With Organized Recycling Groups in Brazil

Presentation by Professor Jutta Gutberlet from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Friday, January 23, 2009
3:00 PM
1261 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Gutberlet has a first degree in Biology from the State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP) and a PhD in Geography from the University of Tübingen, Germany. She has worked for different institutions, including international organisations (Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome and Ecuador), non-governmental research institutes (CEDEC in São Paulo, Brazil), and Universities (Tübingen/Germany, Newcastle/Australia and Victoria/Canada). Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria.
While working for the United Nations she was involved with the project elaboration for the Amazon Corporation Treaty. She was also in charge of the environmental education program as part of the activities carried out by the Agroforestry Network in Ecuador. At the Centre for Contemporary and Cultural Studies in São Paulo (CEDEC) she contributed to research on contentious social and environmental issues regarding the metropolitan region of São Paulo. Her academic research has addressed issues such as industrial production and impacts on local communities and the environment; modernisation in agriculture and social/environmental impacts on small-scale farming; liveability and environmental quality in urban settlements.
Dr. Gutberlet's current interests and concerns focus on integrated community development. She is engaged in the search for alternatives and policies to promote sustainability, the generation of employment and quality of life. Her research focuses on livelihood assessments in rural and urban communities.
Among other activities, Dr. Gutberlet has recently been involved in assessing the socio-economic and environmental conditions of traditional coastal communities in the Northeast of Brazil. She also assists the Recycling network in São Paulo in expanding and sustaining their struggle to co-operate within the city’s waste management plan. The research methods adopted usually involve participatory appraisals, community mapping, qualitative and quantitative evaluations and the implementation of measures to empower local communities. Questions on social exclusion, equity, community development, sustainability and environmental education are generally addressed in Dr. Gutberlet's work.

1261 Bunche Hall is The Green Room located in the first floor of Bunche Hall.

Cost : Free and open to the Public

Sponsor(s): , Geography

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