Plenary Speakers

The Global Studies Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

João Paulo Rodriguez Chaves Livio Sansone
Sonia Fleury Myrian Santos
Marcelo Côrtes Neri Ilse Scherer-Warren
Elisa P. Reis Gustavo Lins Ribeiro

Garden Conversation Sessions

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

João Paulo Rodrigues Chaves
João Paulo Rodriguez Chaves, 30 years old, is member of National Coordination of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) and, at present, coordinates the MST national secretariat in São Paulo. He does the articulation between the MST and others social movements of national level. He is settled in the region of Pontal do Paranapanema, in São Paulo state, having camped with his family in 1985.

Sonia Fleury
Professor Fleury works at the Brazilian School of Public Administration and Business, Getulio Vargas Foundation, since 1983, as a senior researcher in charge of the Study Program on Innovation in the Public Sphere, having developed studies related to Democracy, Citizenship and Social Exclusion; Social policies, decentralization and participation; State reform and governance; Brazilian Political System; Public Policy and Theories on Democracy.

Professor Fleury has a Doctorate degree in Political Science, a master degree in Sociology and a Bachelor degree in Psychology, and has published over 120 articles in scientific magazines in different countries, and wrote or participated as author in more than 20 books in Brazil, several countries in Latin America, Europe, Canada and USA.

She has also given classes in different Universities in Argentina, Spain, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Paraguay. In USA she has been a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute in Notre Dame University and a Senior Social Development Specialist Lecturer at the INDES, Inter-American Development Bank.

In Brazil, she worked as a researcher at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and was a professor at the National School of Public Health until 1995. She also participated as a member of different NGO’s and social movements, such as CEBES, ABRASCO and IBASE. As a consultant, she worked for Brazilian social ministries, Latin American governments and international agencies, such as IDB, UNDP, World Bank, CLAD, SELA, PAHO/WHO.

During the works of the National Constituency Assembly she worked as an adviser of the Senator in charge of the Social Security report in the Social Order Chapter. She has also been involved as a militant in several networks of social rights defenders.

During the first Government of President Lula, Professor Fleury was invited to be a member of the National Council on Economic and Social Development – CDES. She also participated as member of the Brazilian Health Social Determinants Commission.

For her contribution to improving health policy in Brazil she has been given the Gold Medal Oswaldo Cruz, from the Health Ministry in 2009.


Marcelo Côrtes Neri
Marcelo Côrtes Neri is the chief-economist of the Center for Social Policies (CPS) at Getulio Vargas Foundation. He also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate programmes at the EPGE/FGV. He holds a PhD in Economics, Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Economics, PUC-Rio. He has worked as a researcher at the Social Studies department in IPEA (Brazilian government’s institute for applied economic research). His main areas of interest are well being, poverty, education and microeconometrics. Some of his studies include: End of Hunger Map, and The New Middle Class in Brazil. He also edited the following books (in Portuguese):Microcredit, the Northeastern Mystery and the Brazilian Grameen, , Social Security Coverage: Diagnosis and Proposals, Social Essays, Portraits of Disability in Brazil, Inflation and Consumption. He was invited by President Lula to become a member of the Council of Economic and Social Development and he is currently at the steering comitee of CDES, elected by other members. He works actively in the proposal, evaluation and debate of public policies; having participated in the creation of a system of state minimum wages, the design of Familia Carioca a conditional cash transfers program launched in the city of Rio. His proposal of a mechanism for social credit linked to the Millennium Development Goals received an award at the Global Network Meeting, in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Neri was ranked one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in 2010 by Época and one of the 50 most influential Cariocas in 2003 by Veja, the two magazines with highest circulation in Brazil. He writes regularly Conjuntura Econômica, Valor Econômico and Folha de São Paulo

Elisa P. Reis

Professor of Political Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD in Political Science (MIT, US 1980); MA (1972) and BA (1967), Brazil; Post-graduate diploma in development sociology, ILADES, Chile (1968). Fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). Visiting professor at University of California at San Diego, Columbia University, MIT and Ludwig Maximilians Universitat. Munich.

Author of more than 100 articles in Brazilian and international periodicals. Among her latest publications in English is “New Ways of Relating Authority and Solidarity: Theoretical and Empirical Explorations”, in The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology, Kalekin and Denis (eds.), Sage, 2009. Among her books, Elite Perceptions of Poverty and Inequality (ed. with M.Moore) Zed, 2005 has been very influential in poverty studies.

Selected administrative experiences: Secretary of the Brazilian Sociological Society (SBS), President of the National Association for the Social Sciences (ANPOCS), Vice-president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (current), Chair of the Interdisciplinary Research Network for Studies on Social Inequality (NIED) (current), Vice-president for Latin America of the Comparative Research on Poverty (CROP).


Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro – Ph. D. in Anthropology (City University of New York, 1988); Full Professor of Anthropology in the University of Brasilia; Level 1A Research Fellow of Brazil’s National Council of Scientific and Technological Develoment (CNPq). He was a visiting professor in several universities and research centers in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and the U.S. He has done research and written on topics such as development, environmentalism, international migration, cyberculture, globalization and transnationalism. His doctoral dissertation on the construction of the Yacyreta Dam won the National Association of Graduate Programs in the Social Sciences 1989 Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation and was published in Argentina, Brazil and the United States. He has written and edited 14 volumes in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and more than 100 chapters and articles in different journals and books in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the U.S., in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Japanese, French and German. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York); Advisory Editor of Current Anthropology (Chicago); president of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology; a founder and the first chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He is a co-chair of the Committee on World Anthropologies of the AAA and serves on more than 20 editorial boards of journals in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America, including the American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology Today, Journal des Anthropologues and Alteridades. His last books are the edited volume (with Arturo Escobar) “World Anthropologies. Disciplinary Transformations in Systems of Power” (Oxford/New York: Berg Publishers, 2006) and “The Capital of Hope”, in Portuguese, about the construction of Brasilia from the workers’ point-of-view (Brasilia: Edunb, 2008).

Livio Sansone
Livio Sansone (Palermo, Italy, 1956) got his Ba in sociology at the University of Rome and MA and PhD from the University of Amsterdam (1992). From 1992 lives in Brazil where he is associate professor of anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He is the head of the Bureau of International affair of UFBA and of the Factory of Ideas Program – an advanced international course in ethnic and racial studies – and coordinates the Digital Museum of African and Afro-Brazilian Heritage – www.arquivoafro.ufba.br. He has published extensively on youth culture, ethnicity, inequalities and globalization with research based in the UK, Holland, Suriname, Brazil and, recently, Cape Verde and Senegal.

Myrian Santos
Myrian Sepúlveda dos Santos is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She gained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, New York, in 1994. Her research interests relate to collective memory, sociological and cultural theory. She is currently developing research on collective memory and trauma in prisons. Her publications include several books and articles on social theory, museum exhibits, popular culture, carnival festivities, slavery, race relations and, more recently, violence.

Ilse Scherer-Warren
Ilse Scherer-Warren is Full Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science of the Federal University of Santa Catarina and coordinator of the Nucleus of Research on Social Movements (NPMS/UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil). Previously she worked at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has also spent sabbatical periods at the University of London, the University of São Paulo, the University of Brasília and the CES-AL/University of Minas Gerais. Her main fields of interest are social movements, civil society, social networks, social exclusion and inclusion, citizens’ rights etc. and, more recently, affirmative action. Her publications include several books and articles on these themes. Currently she is developing research at the National Institute of Science and Technology for Inclusion in University Education and Research.