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Last Name
Capellini de Oliveira
Sciences Po Paris
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environmental history, contemporary history of Brazil, military dictatorships in Latin America, dams, water management, social movements, energy policy
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About Me

PhD in History at the Université Paris Saclay -UVSQ. My research focuses on the environmental history of the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), especially regarding the Amazon region, infrastructure building, and energy policy. I’m also working on water management, environmental conflict, international circulations of expert knowledge and energy transitions. My thesis won the 2020 thesis Prizes of the Institut des Amériques thesis Prize and the European Brasilianist Research Association .

Currently a postdoc research assistant at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research for Public Policy Evaluation at Sciences Po.


Recent Publications

– « Cidade-empresa e controle da mão de obra na construção da usina hidrelétrica de Tucuruí (1974-1984) », Mundos do Trabalho, Florianópolis, v.12, 2020, p. 1-23,

– « Science et barricade : Les conflits dans la construction du barrage hydroélectrique de Tucuruí pendant la dictature militaire brésilienne. » In : Alexis Vrignon, et. al. (ed.)  Une histoire des conflits environnementaux. Luttes locales, enjeu global. Limoges : Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2018, p. 149-162.

– « Hydroelectric Dams and the Rise of Environmentalism Under Dictatorship in Brazil and Paraguay (1950-1990): the Case of Itaipu. » (Avec Carlos Gomes Florentin). In: Viktor Pal and Stephen Brain. Environmental Politics and Policy under Authoritarian Regimes: Myth and Reality. Oxford: Routlegde, 2018, p. 315-346.

– « A grande aceleração e a construção de barragens hidrelétricas no Brasil », Varia Historia, Belo Horizonte, vol. 34, n. 65, mai/aout 2018, p. 315-346,

– « Tales of the Transamazonian: Hope and Disillusionment on a Route of Ecological Migrations », (avec Antoine Acker), ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 24, n. 2, Spring 2017, pp. 306–324,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Politics, Science, Technology