News 2020 GIMLA's current News Archive 08.12.2020 Three new thesis offers based on institutional collaborations In the scope of an inter-institutional cooperation between the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America, HEKS/EPER, and local university researchers in Brazil at Uni-Montes (MG) and UFBA, we invite interested Bachelor and Master students to develop their thesis on the role of carbon markets in the conservation of the environment and maintenance of local forms of life and community livelihoods. Three inter-connected research topics are currently available for thesis orientation at GIMLA-HSG: 1. Socio-economic mapping of relevant activities around a river basin This survey identifies all stakeholders with direct and indirect interests in the management of a river basin from an interstate and inter-sector perspective. The student would have to carry out fieldwork in Brazil and contact a wide-range of actors with ease, working in collaboration with partner universities, communities, environmental reserve managers, and agriculture producers in the region. Prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required. 2. Case study on the resilience of the environment and water resources after the removal of a monoculture (eucalyptus) This study aligns community-based reports based on traditional knowledge with hydrographic and rainfall data and satellite imagery. The student may decide to conduct fieldwork in Brazil and/or analyze fieldwork data collected by project partners from the distance. Prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required. 3. Carbon markets and the carbon sink capacity of the Cerrado vegetation compared to other non-native crops. This study addresses the legal and financial incentive structures offered by the carbon credit framework in favor of competing attitudes and activities connected to environmental governance (restoring native forest vs. expanding non-native plantations). This is a desktop study combined with expert semi-structured interviews. Prior knowledge of Portuguese is a plus. Interested students should contact us for more information. Ideal starting date between Feb/March 2020.