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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Renata Motta

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Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut

Project Leader

Sociology of Latin America with focus on environmental, inequality and gender research

Address
ZI Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin
Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56
Room 228
14197 Berlin

Academic Positions

  • Since 04/2019: Project Leader BMBF-Junior Research Group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy
  • Since 07/2018: Assistant Professor of Sociology (Junior Professur in Soziologie Lateinamerikas mit den Schwerpunkten Umwelt-, Ungleichheits- und Genderforschung), Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 09/2017- 06/2018: Visiting Associate Professor of Brazilian Studies and Global Studies School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 03/2015-08/2017: Assistant Professor of Sociology (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 03/2014-02/2015: Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 03/2011-03/2014: Doctoral Researcher at BMBF-funded project desiguALdades.net (International research network on interdependent inequalities in Latin America), Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Visiting Positions

  • 03/2019: Visiting Professor (Erasmus+ Program), Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

Education

  • 2015 Ph.D., Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Thesis: Contesting GM Crops in Argentina and Brazil (summa cum laude) Funded by: BMBF (desiguALdades.net) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
  • 2008 M.A., Social Sciences, Graduate Program of Comparative Latin American Studies, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
  • 2004 B.A., International Relations Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Reviewer and referee editorial experience

Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Revista Dados, Geoforum, Critical Reviews on Latin American Research, Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, Journal of Environmental Management, Humanitas, International Journal of Public Health

Review of Research Applications

  • DFG (2018, 2020)
  • 2020 Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE), Berlin University Alliance (BUA)

Editorial Experience

6. Editorial Council. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais (Since February 2021).

5. Editorial Council. Estudos Sociedade e Agricultura (Since March 2021).

4. Guest Editor (with Eloísa Martins). Special Issue “Food and Social Change”. The Sociological Review. 2021.

3. Guest Editor (with Marcela Suárez) Special Issue Women in Movement and Feminisms: critical materialisms, and environmentalisms. Journal of Studies in Social Justice. (Final submission due September 2021).

2. Newsletter Research Committee 47 (RC47) on Social Classes and Social Movements from the International Sociological Association (2014-15)

1. SoRU News. E-newsletter of the ISA/ESA Research Network on Risk and Uncertainty. ISSN 2035-5391 (SoRU News Print) and ISSN 2035-5405 (SoRU News Online) (2013-2014)

Organization of events

2021

  • Virtual debate “Povos do campo da floresta e das águas e insegurança alimentar: resistências em tempos de pandemia”, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Mai, 6

  • Release and debate about research report “Efeitos da Pandemia na alimentação e na situação de segurança alimentar no Brasi”l Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. April, 13.

  • Session “Social Movements As Protagonists of New Agrifood Markets”, with Paulo Niederle, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasilien; Camila Penna, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasilien; Simin Fadaee, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brasilien, 23-28 February

2020/2021

  • Berliner-Brasiliendialog/Diálogos Berlim-Brasil. Series of events in cooperation between
  1. Implementation: Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin und Mecila, Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Lateinamerika,
  2. Patronage: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung und Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
  3. Civil society partners: Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile-Lateinamerika/Brasilien Initiative Berlin, katholisches Hilfswerk Misereor

2019

  • Workshop “Food Inequalities: Power, Politics and Pesticides, Food for Justice. Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 09. December
  • Workshop: Women in Movement and Feminisms: Critical Materialisms, alliance building, and environmentalisms, 19-20 February, Berlin, Germany

2018

  • Brasil: Democracia em Perigo! Round Table. Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. 6 November and 19 November.

2017

  • Simpósio O Poder dos Alimentos: um diálogo entre saberes e fronteiras. Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, UERJ
  • Workshop Inequalities and Power Struggles in Contemporary Brazil: Divides, Narratives, Scenarios. Freie Universität Berlin

2015

  • Symposium Brazil 2015 and Beyond. Freie Universität Berlin.

2013

  • Colloquium desiguALdades.net, 2013-2014.

2012

  • Environmental Social Sciences Colloquium. Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Workshop on Agrobusiness and Inequality. desiguALdades.net. Berlin. July 13th.

Presentations given

2021

  • “Food politics and urban politics: social justice and place making in Belo Horizonte, Brazil”, presentation with Nicolas Goez in the Panel "Articulating food, place and social justice in the context of global health and environmental uncertainties", Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association: Social Justice in times of uncertainty, June 28

  • “Approaches to food justice and their role in transformative food research” Workshop EurSafe Conference 2021: Justice and Food Securoty in a Changing Climate, June 23-26 

  • "Feminist solidarities and coalitional identity: the popular feminism of the Marcha das Margaridas", Panel GEN 418 In and Beyond Popular Feminisms: Ruralities and natural ressources (Part 1), LASA 2021. 27th May      

  • "Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy", Chair, Panel AGR 068, LASA 2021, 26. May

  • "A (re)volta da fome no Brasil. Desigualdades alimentares e lutas por justiça alimentar". IHU ideias, Instituto Humanitas Unisinos. 20th May

  • "Povos do campo da floresta e das águas e insegurança alimentar: resistências em tempos de pandemia", Kommentatorin, ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin. 06th May

  • "Efeitos da Pandemia na alimentação e na situação de segurança alimentar no Brasil", Veröffentlichung und Debate zum Forschungsbericht, ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin. 13th April

  • "Movements, Intersectionality, and Politics of Liberation in the Global North and South", Chair, RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements, IV ISA Forum of Sociology: Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality. 28th February 

  • "Feminist Solidarities and Coalitional Identity: The Popular Feminism of Marcha Das Margaridas", session Women on the Move: New Activisms in the Contemporary Feminist Wave (RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements), IV ISA Forum of Sociology: Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality. 26th February

  • "Allowing Rural Difference to Make a Difference: The Brazilian Marcha Das Margaridas", zusammen mit Marco Teixeira, session Movements, Intersectionality, and Politics of Liberation in the Global North and South (RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements), IV ISA Forum of Sociology: Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality. 23rd February

2020

  • Sistemas alimentares em disputa: respostas dos movimentos sociais à pandemia Covid-19, Grupo de Trabalho GT41 - Sociologia da Alimentação, da Comida e do Comer: Temas emergentes. 44º Encontro Anual da ANPOCS, 01. Bis 11. Dezember 2020 (digital).

  • Alimento para Justiça: Poder, Política e Desigualdades Alimentares na Bioeconomia, CERESAN – CPDA, digital, 06. November.

  • Representar las desigualdades, Buchvorstellung mit den Autor*innen Elizabeth Jelin, Renata Motta und Sérgio Costa. Moderation Daniel Kessler, Koordination Ramiro Segura, IDES Argentina, 27. Oktober.

  • Alimento para Justiça: Poder, Política e Desigualdades Alimentares na Bioeconomia, Meeting, GEPAD – UFRGS, digital, 8. Juli.

  • Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. Research Project and Case Studies Daisy’s March and We are fed up!. Colloquium at the 10th Food Studies Conference New York, digital, Oktober 2020.

  • Podcast “Violent matters: Feminist solidarities through the politics of the body and nature”. Citizenship Lectures Summer 2020: Global Riots. Universität Potsdam. Abrufbar unter: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/centre-citizenship/events/citizenshiplectures.

  • Violent matters: feminist solidarities across food and body politics. International Symposium. The Conservative Backlash: Brazil in Comparative Perspective. Institute for Latin American Studies. 17-18 February 2020.

2019   

  • Ernährungssouveränität als feministisches Thema. Sektion Umweltsoziologie. 2. Regionalkonferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 23. bis 27. September 2019.
  • Food for Justice: Gender- und postkoloniale Theorien, um ‚food security‘ neu zu denken. Workshop „Der lange Schatten des Produktivismus – und die möglichen Quellen seiner Überwindung“. 2. Regionalkonferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 23. bis 27. September 2019.
  • Undone Science and Counter-Expertise in the Emerging Bioeconomy. International Workshop: Socio-ecological Inequalities in the Emerging Bioeconomy. Transnational Perspectives on Local and Global Developments. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 25-27 June 2019.
  • Food sovereignty as a feminist issue. Panel “Women in Movement and Feminism in Latin America: Critical materialism, alliance building, and environmentalism”. LASA Conference 2019 (Boston, 25-27 May 2019.
  • Food sovereignty in working women’s movements. Workshop Food Lokal/Global in Bewegung. Workshop 28-29 March 2019. Gesellschaft für Ethnographie. Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Food sovereignty as a feminist issue. Gender Lunch Talk. Margherita-von-Brentano Zentrum. Freie Universität Berlin. 24 January 2019.

2018   

  • Estamos fartos: coalizões político-ecológicas pela alimentação. Agriculture and Food in an Urbanizing Society. Porto Alegre, Brazil. 17-21 September.
  • The Daisies’ March: Labour Movements, Feminism and Identity Politics across the Urban-Rural Divide. Agriculture and Food in an Urbanizing Society. Porto Alegre, Brazil. 17-21 September.
  • Las movilizaciones sociales en contra los transgénicos en Argentina y Brasil. IDES. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 26 June.
  • We Are Fed up: Politico-Ecological Coalitions for Food. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, Canada, 15-21 July.
  • Food sovereignty in working women's movements. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, Canada, 15-21 July.
  • Invisible tides: Mobilizing ruralities and gender. LASA2018 Congress. Barcelona, Spain. 23-26 May.
  • Global Entangled Inequalities: Conceptual Discussions and Evidence from Latin America. LASA2018 Congress. Barcelona, Spain. 23-26 May.
  • Politics and resistance to genetically modified crops in Brazil and Argentina. University of Copenhagen. 20 March.

2017 

  • Opening remarks and conclusion. Simpósio O Poder dos Alimentos: um diálogo entre saberes e fronteiras. Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, UERJ.
  • Workshop Inequalities and Power Struggles in Contemporary Brazil: Divides, Narratives, Scenarios. Freie Universität Berlin
  • Politics and Resistance to Genetically Modified crops in Brazil and Argentina. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Lima, Peru, 29 April-2 May.
  • Soziale Ungleichheit(en). Ringvorlesung Kontexte und Begriffe der     Lateinamerikaforschung, Freie Universität Berlin, 2 February.

2016   

  • Politics and resistance to genetically modified crops in Brazil and Argentina. Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) Lecture Series. Universiteit van Amsterdam. Amsterdam, 30 September.

2015

  • Die Rolle des Rechts in der sozialen Mobilisierung gegen Genveränderte Pflanzen. Dritter Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie-Vereinigungen. Berlin, Germany, 9.-11. 
  • Multiple scales for contesting GM crops in Argentina and Brazil. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27-30 May.
  • Symposium Brazil 2015 and Beyond. Freie Universität Berlin.

2014   

  • Contentious Politics and the Global South. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July. Abstract Book. Pp. 674
  • XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July. Abstract Book. Pp. 674

2013   

  • Mediating between Structure and Agency: Media Selection of Social Movement Frames in Campaigns Against Agrobiotechnology. American Sociological Association New York, USA, 10-13 August.
  • Beyond the Mass Mediated Public Sphere: Social Movements and Social Media. European Sociological Association (ESA)11th Conference. Turin, Italy, 28- 31 August. Abstract Book. ISBN 978-88-97523-49-9. pp    847.
  • Framing Risk as Injustice. European Sociological Association (ESA) 11th Conference. Turin, Italy, 28- 31 August. Abstract Book. ISBN ISBN 978-88-97523-49-9. pp 1116.
  • Are GM crops a risk issue? ESA Research Network on Risk and Uncertainty Mid-Term Conference. Amsterdam, 23-25 January.

2012   

  • Framing risk: contention or legitimation? II International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August.
  • Inequalities and risk: Public debates about GMOs in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. II International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August.

Arts and science collaboration

  • Interview on the topic of globalization as a video contribution for the exhibition „Rembrandts Orient. Westöstliche Begegnung in der niederländischen Kunst des 17. Jahrhunderts“. Museum Barberini, Potsdam (Publication March 2021).

  • Contribution to the catalog of the exhibition "Katastrophe. Was kommt nach dem Ende?". Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt (Publication May 2021).

  • Ricardo de Paula. Coreographer and Performer. Project: MIMIMI Space: Eine interdisziplinäre künstlerische Antiquitätensammlung. Participation in the conception and performance: Solidarität und Empowerment; Kochen einer brasilianischen Feijoada mit einem um politische Statements erweiterten Rezept. Savvy Contemporary: the Laboratory of Forms and Ideas. September-Dezember 2020

  • Performance Group die apokalyptischen tänzer*innen. Prolog Banana Island. Zwischen Bühne und Welthandel: Ein Podiumsgespräch zu (Neo)Kolonialen Praktiken des Westens. Café LesBar, Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart. 15 November 2019.
  • Invocations. Research, Performance and Exhibition Project: Soil is an inscribed body. On sovereignty and agropoetics. Savvy Contemporary: the Laboratory of Forms and Ideas. 13-15 September 2019.

Public sociology

Interviews on TV

6. Jornal Hoje. Globo. Seis em cada dez famílias brasileiras estão em insegurança alimentar. Available at: https://globoplay.globo.com/v/9432954/

5. Jornal GloboNews. Edição das 10h. Seis em cada dez famílias brasileiras estão em insegurança alimentar. Available at: https://canaisglobo.globo.com/assistir/c/p/v/9436261/

4. SBT Brasil. Brasil: 59,4% dos lares enfrentam insegurança alimentar durante pandemia. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtfLQ47Y_MQ

3. DW News TV 15:00h | Topic: Bolsonaro in office. Berlin, 4. Januar 2019. Available at: https://share.ard-zdf-box.de/s/DNiZq8EoQEzw4A6

2. DW News TV 17:00 | Topic: Bolsonaro in office. Berlin, 4. Januar 2019. Available at: https://share.ard-zdf-box.de/s/WosYnkmi7mRKorb

1. Cuadriga - Brasil: ¿Temer acorralado? Deutsche Welle. Berlin, 8. Juni, 2017. Available at: https://www.dw.com/es/cuadriga-brasil-temer-acorralado/av-39170798

Round tables and public debates

6. Moderation: Perspectivas: Reconstruindo nosso futuro comum. Panel #9 Berliner Brasiliendialoge/Diálogos Berlim-Brasil: O Brasil em meio a múltiplas crises.16 February 2021.

5. Moderation: Relações campo-cidade: entre a agroexportação e a soberania alimentar. Panel #5 Berliner Brasiliendialoge/Diálogos Berlim-Brasil: O Brasil em meio a múltiplas crises. 19 January 2021.

4. Moderation: O Brasil sob a crise do COVID-19. Panel #1 Berliner Brasiliendialoge/ Diálogos Berlim-Brasil: O Brasil em meio a múltiplas crises. 1 December 2020.

3. Round Table: Ein Jahr Regierung Bolsonaro eine Bilanz. Lateinamerika-Forum Berlin. 16 January 2020.

2. Round Table: Democracy Lecture 2019 from the "Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik": Luiz Ruffato. Brasilien: Der neue Faschismus? Volksbühne Großes Haus. Berlin, 2 May 2019

1. Moderation: Demokratie unter Beschuss. Hassreden, Repression und Desinformation unter Bolsonaro. Ein Gespräch mit dem Aktivisten und Politiker Jean Wyllys und mit Elizabet Cerqueira, Aktivistin der Landlosenbewegung (MST) im Bundesstaat Goiás. Organized by: Brasilien Initiative Berlin, FDCL, KoBra - Kooperation Brasilien, Brasilien Initiative Freiburg, RefrACTa Coletivo Brasil-Berlim, amigas do MST – Deutschland. Berlin, 18 February 2019.

Quotes in the press

14. Fome volta ao Brasil e quase dois terços da população urbana sofrem de insegurança alimentar. Instituto Humanitas Unisinos. Special Interview with Renata Motta. Available at: http://www.ihu.unisinos.br/159-noticias/entrevistas/608506-fome-volta-ao-brasil-e-quase-dois-tercos-da-populacao-urbana-sofrem-de-inseguranca-alimentar-entrevista-especial-com-renata-motta

13. Seis em cada dez casas brasileiras vivem insegurança alimentar; falta comida em 15% dos lares. Estadão. Available at: https://brasil.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,seis-em-cada-dez-casas-brasileiras-vivem-inseguranca-alimentar-falta-comida-em-15,70003679339

12. Mais de 125 milhões de brasileiros sofreram insegurança alimentar na pandemia, revela estudo. Folha de SP. Available at: https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/equilibrioesaude/2021/04/mais-de-125-milhoes-de-brasileiros-sofreram-inseguranca-alimentar-na-pandemia-revela-estudo.shtml

11. Fome no Brasil cresce e supera taxa de quando Bolsa Família foi criado. DW Brasil. Available at: https://www.dw.com/pt-br/fome-no-brasil-cresce-e-supera-taxa-de-quando-bolsa-fam%C3%ADlia-foi-criado/a-57187014

10. Brasil: casi 60% de la población sufre de inseguridad alimentaria debido a la pandemia de coronavirus. La diaria política. Available at: https://ladiaria.com.uy/politica/articulo/2021/4/brasil-casi-60-de-la-poblacion-sufre-de-inseguridad-alimentaria-debido-a-la-pandemia-de-coronavirus/

9. Brasil tem 125 milhões de pessoas que não sabem se vão se alimentar bem. Correio Braziliense. Available at: https://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/economia/2021/04/4918113-brasil-tem-125-milhoes-de-pessoas-que-nao-sabem-se-vao-se-alimentar-bem.html

8. Qual o quadro de insegurança alimentar no Brasil da pandemia. Nexo Jornal. Available at: https://www.nexojornal.com.br/expresso/2021/04/13/Qual-o-quadro-de-inseguran%C3%A7a-alimentar-no-Brasil-da-pandemia

7. DER HUNGER IST ZURÜCK. Lateinamerika Nachrichten. Available at: https://lateinamerika-nachrichten.de/artikel/der-hunger-ist-zurueck/

6. Studie: Zunahme der Ernährungs- und Lebensmittelunsicherheit in Brasilien. Pressestelle FU Berlin. Available at: https://www.fu-berlin.de/presse/informationen/fup/2021/fup_21_089-ernaehrungssicherheit-brasilien/index.html

5. Fome no Brasil cresce e supera taxa de quando Bolsa Família foi criado. Combate Racismo Ambiental. Available at: https://racismoambiental.net.br/2021/04/13/fome-no-brasil-cresce-e-supera-taxa-de-quando-bolsa-familia-foi-criado/

4. Comida saudável sumiu do prato dos brasileiros; “fome é escolha política”, afirma pesquisadora. O jojo é o trigo. Available at: https://ojoioeotrigo.com.br/2021/04/comida-saudavel-sumiu-do-prato-dos-brasileiros-fome-e-escolha-politica-afirma-pesquisadora/

3. Mais de 125 milhões de brasileiros sofreram insegurança alimentar na pandemia, revela estudo. BHAZ. Available at: https://bhaz.com.br/mais-de-125-milhoes-de-brasileiros-sofreram-inseguranca-alimentar-na-pandemia-revela-estudo/#gref

2. Die Menschheit fairsorgen: Eine Forschungsgruppe untersucht, wie Ungleichheiten im globalen Ernährungssystem entstehen und wie sie behoben werden können. (4. Dezember 2020). Beilage des Tagesspiegel. Freie Universität Berlin. 5 Dezember 2020.

1. Crüsemann, Mahé and Schirrmeister, Benno. Konsumgewohnheiten: Total Banane. Die taz. 10. Januar, 2020. Available at: https://taz.de/Konsumgewohnheiten/!5651732/

Academic service

  • 2020: Examination Board Institute of Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2019-2020: Representative of Professors at the Institute of Latin American Studies (Institutsrat)

  • 2015-2017: Representative of Lecturers at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2011: Doctoral Researchers Representative desiguALdades.net

Professional Affiliations 

  • Board Member, Research Committee 47 International Sociological Association (2014-2018)
  • Board Member, ESA Research Network on Risk and Uncertainty (2013-2014)
  • Member, European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • Member, International Sociological Association (ISA)             
  • Member, Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Other work experience 

Special Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of Republic, Brazil (2008-09)

  • http://www.sedh.gov.br/, International Office
  • Areas of expertise:human rights reports and meetings related to United Nations System and the Mercosur and advice of the State Minister on any related international issues.
  • Activities:

- Coordination of the Brazilian oral defense of its periodical report in compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
- Coordination of the first voluntary annual report to monitor the Universal Periodical Review.
- Co-coordination of the preparation of the XIII and XIV Sessions of the Meeting of Mercosur High Level Authorities on Human Rights (RAADH), under the Brazilian pro tempore Presidency of Mercosur.
- Participation to the XI National Conference of Human Rights, Brasília, December 2008.
- Elaboration of the III Program for Human Rights (as part of the team of Rapporteurs for the Section on Human Rights and Development).
- Preparation of the Brazilian responses to all communications received from Special Rapporteurs (to Human Rights Council from the United Nations) on various human rights questions.


Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (2005- 2008)

  • http://www.anvisa.gov.br/eng/index.htm, International Office
  • Areas of expertise: international regulation on health and trade, food safety, health and environment, in particular from the Codex Alimentarius (FAO/WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO)–Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)–and UNEP Conventions.
  • Activities:

- Dialogue with technical areas from Anvisa to achieve a coherent position consistent with Anvisa’s mission.
- Coordination with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other governmental bodies to form a Brazilian position on issues related to health, environment and trade to be defended in international negotiations.
- Compliance to the transparency obligations under the SPS and TBT Agreements from the WTO.
- Analysis of legal provisions concerning TBT and SPS rights and obligations in bilateral and regional trade agreements.

Languages 

  • Portuguese (native speaker)
  • German (fluent)
  • English (fluent - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE)
  • Spanish (fluent - D.E.L.E. Nivel Superior)
  • French (intermediate - 2007 D.E.L.F. B2)

Research interests

Political Sociology, Gender Studies, Food Studies, Social Inequalities, Social Theory, Social Movements, Latin American Studies, Brazilian Studies, Global Studies, Environmental Sociology, Political Economy, Rural Sociology, Media Sociology, Risk Sociology, Comparative Sociology


Research funding

2019   

  • Project writer and Project leader of Junior Research Group (2 postdocs, 2 doctoral researchers, 2 master student assistants)
Title: “Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy”
Call: “Bioökonomie als gesellschaftlicher Wandel”
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
Status: Ongoing (01.04.2019-31.03.2024)
Budget: 2,400,000€
  •  Principal Investigator. Postdoctoral Research: Dr. María Piquer-Rodríguez
Title: Understanding differences in land systems and their social-ecological impacts within and across ecoregions in South America
Call: GEOX Young Academy of the GFZ Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam.
Status: Ongoing (December 2019-November 2021)
Budget: 97,747€
  •  Principal Investigator and co-writer of research proposal
    Title: Sustainability of Superfoods: Exploring the Interconnectedness of Food Choice, Social Inequalities, and Ecological Degradation
    Call: Berlin University Alliance Grand Challenge Initiative “Social Cohesion”.
    Status: Ongoing (1.11.2019-30.04.2020)
    Budget: 8,148€
  • Proposal writer and main workshop organizer
Workshop: Women in Movement and Feminisms: Critical Materialisms, alliance building, and environmentalisms, 19-20 February, Berlin, Germany
Funding: Freie Universität Berlin “Unterstützung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen bei deren wissenschaftlicher Profilbildung und dem Aufbau von fachlichen Vernetzungen”
Status: Completed
Budget: 14,825€

2017   

  • Co-writer of proposal and main workshop organizer
Workshop “The Power of Food”, 29-30 September, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Call: Ideenwettbewerb Brasilientag
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
Status: Completed
Budget: 15,000€ 
  • Research Project Bridging Environments: United by Food?
Funding: Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrum, FU Berlin
Status: Completed
Budget: 10,000€

 

Travel grants and scholarships

20. Travel Grant. DAAD. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Boston, USA, 24-27 Mai. 2019

19. Travel Grant. DAAD. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, Canada, 15-21 July. 2018.

18. Travel Grant. DAAD. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Lima, Peru. 2017.

17. Travel Grant. DAAD. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2015.

16. Travel Grant. DAAD. XVIII World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan. 2014.

15. Scholarship. 3rd Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. 2013.

14.Travel Grant. BMBF. 3rd Summer School desiguALdades.net “Asymmetries of Knowledge”, National University of Bogota, Colombia, October/29th to November 3rd. 2012.

13. Travel Grant. Dahlem Research School. II ISA Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August. 2012.

12. Travel Grant. Dahlem Research School. 3rd International Political Science Association (IPSA) Annual Summer School „Concepts and methods in Political Science and Methods”, University of São Paulo, Brazil, January 30-February 10. 2012.

11. Scholarship for Doctoral Studies. Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung for doctoral research in the project desiguALdades.net, Berlin, Germany. 2011-2014       

10. Travel Grant. Dahlem Research School. 35º Encontro da ANPOCS, Caxambu, Brazil, October. 2011

9. Scholarship and Travel Grant. ESA PhD Workshop. European Sociological Association University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, September. 2011

8. Travel Grant. Dahlem Research School. ESA 10th Conference: Social Relations in Turbulent Times, Geneva, Switzerland, September. 2011

7. Travel Grant. Dahlem Research School. Research stay at ECLAC/UN, Santiago, Chile, March-April. 2011

6. Travel Grant. Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Ciências Sociais. 34º Encontro da ANPOCS, Caxambu, Brazil, October. 2010.

5. Jean Monnet Travel Grant for "Workshop for Young Researchers: European Integration between Trade and Non-Trade: Selected Issues", Maastricht University, Holland. 2011.

4. Scholarship for Doctoral studies. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. 2009-2011.

3. #1 in the admissions rank for the M.A., Social Sciences, Graduate Program of Comparative Latin American Studies, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil.

2. Scholarship. DAAD for Winter Course in the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg. 2004

1. Scholarship from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, (Fund for Incentives for Research, FIP) in the project "Decentralization and Defragmentation in the Provision of Public Health: The Experience of the Intermunicipal Health Consortia in Minas Gerais",         coord. by Profs. Drs. Carlos Alberto Rocha and Carlos Aurélio Faria, Department of          Social Sciences. 2003.

Monographs

2. Motta, R. (2018). Mobilização social, capitalismo global e lutas pela alimentação: um estudo comparado da Argentina e do Brasil. Rio de Janeiro, Fiocruz.

1. Motta, R. (2016). Social Mobilization, Global Capitalism and Struggles over Food: A Comparative Study of Social Movements. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Edited Volumes

3. Martins, E. & Motta, R. (2021). (eds). Food and Social Change: Culinary elites, contested technologies, food movements and embodied social change in food practices. The Sociological Review Monograph Series, 69 (3). London, UK: SAGE.

2. Jelin, E.,Costa, S. & Motta, R. (2020) (eds.) Repensar las desigualdades: cómo se producen y entrelazan las asimetrías globales (y qué hace la gente con eso). Buenos Aires: siglo veintiuno.

1. Jelin, E.,Costa, S. & Motta, R. (2017) (eds.). Global Entangled Inequalities: Concepts and Evidence from Latin America. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

18. Motta, R. & Martins, E. (2021). “Food and Social Change: Culinary elites, contested technologies, food movements and embodied social change in food practices”. The Sociological Review Monograph Series. 69 (3): 503-519.

17. Motta, R. (2021). “Social movements as agents of change: fighting intersectional food inequalities, building food as webs of life”. The Sociological Review, 69 (3): 603-625.

16. Motta, R. (2021 online first). “Feminist solidarities and coalitional identity: the popular feminism of the Marcha das Margaridas”. Latin American Perspectives.

15. Teixeira, Marco and Motta, Renata. (2020 online first). “Unionism and feminism: alliance building in the Brazilian Marcha das Margaridas”. Social Movement Studies.

14. Arancibia, Florencia, Renata Motta, and Peter Clausing. (2020). “The neglected burden of agricultural intensification: a contribution to the debate on land-use change”. Journal of Land Use Science, 15(2-3): 235–251.

13. Arancibia, Florencia, and Renata Motta. 2019. “Undone Science and Counter-Expertise: Fighting for Justice in an Argentine Community Contaminated by Pesticides”. Science as Culture, 28 (3): 277–302.

12. Medeiros, Débora and Motta, Renata (2019). “Ein Blick aus der Bewegungsforschung auf den Rechtsruck in Brasilien”. Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen FJSB, 32 (4): 621–633.

11. Ruffato, Luiz; Motta, Renata; Zilla, Claudia & Kristina Dietz (2019). “Brasilien: Der neue Faschismus?” Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Heft 6/2019.

10. Motta, R. (2016) Capitalismo Global y Estado Nacional en las Luchas acerca de los Cultivos Transgénicos en Brasil. Estudios Críticos del Desarrollo, 6 (11): 65-80.

9. Motta, R. (2016). Global Capitalism and the National State in the Struggles over GM Crops in Brazil. Journal of Agrarian Change, 16 (4): 720-27.

8. Castro, F. de, & Motta, R. (2015). Environmental Politics under Dilma: Changing Relations between the Civil Society and the State. LASA Forum, XLVI(3): 25-27.

7. Motta, R. (2015). Transnational Discursive Opportunities and Social Movement Risk Frames Opposing GMOs. Social Movement Studies, 14 (5): 576–595.

6. Motta, R. (2014). Risco e modernidade uma nova teoria social? Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 29 (86): 15–27.

5. Motta, R. (2014). Social Disputes over GMOs: An Overview. Sociology Compass, 8 (12): 1360–1376.

4. Motta, R., & Alasino, N. (2013). Medios y política en la Argentina: las disputas interpretativas sobre la soja transgénica y el glifosato. Question, 1 (38): 323–335.

3. Motta, R. (2009). Sociologia de risco: globalizando a modernidade reflexiva. Sociologias, 22: 384–396.

2. Motta, R. (2009). Ciências Sociais na América Latina: Privilégio Epistémológico, Estilo Original. Revista Debates, 3 (1): 9–26.

1. Motta, R. (2008). Biopolítica e neoliberalismo: a vigilância sanitária no limite da utilidade para o comércio internacional. Revista de Direito Sanitário, 9 (2): 9–30.

Book Chapters

13. Motta, R. and Teixeira, Marco (forthcoming). Allowing rural difference to make a difference: the Brazilian Marcha das Margaridas. Submitted toBook: Transnational objects, activist solidarities, feminist analytics. Brown University, Ontario, Canada.

12. Lapegna, Pablo; Motta, Renata; Maritza Paredes (forthcoming). Dynamics of Demobilization in South America”. In: Rossi, Federico (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Social Movements. Oxford University Press.

11. Costa, Sérgio and Motta, Renata (2019). Social classes and the far right in Brazil. In: In spite of you: Bolsonaro and the new Brazilian resistance. Edited by Conor Foley.

10. Rauchecker, Markus and Motta, Renata (2019). Grüne Technik. Beitrag für Glosar: ABC der Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte. edited by Sarah Kirst, Jan Brünner, Louise Prause). Transcript Verlag.

9. Motta, R. (2018). A criação de uma controvérsia sobre os transgênicos no Brasil. In A. Mueller & F. Soares. Modernidade sem Fronteiras: Desenvolvimento e Desigualdades Entrelaçadas. Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul: Editora Unijuí, pp. 205-230.

8. Motta, R. (2017) Socio-Environmental Inequalities and GM crops: Class, Gender and Knowledge. Co-edition of book with Elizabeth Jelin and Sérgio Costa. Global Entangled Inequalities: Concepts and Evidence from Latin America. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

7. Motta, R. (2017). La movilización de mujeres en las luchas contra los cultivos transgénicos en Argentina y Brasil. In M. Braig, M. Zapatha & M. Rauchecker. Género y Sustentabilidad.

6. Motta, R. (2016). Peasant movements in Argentina and Brazil. In K. Dietz & B. Engels (Eds.) Contested extractivism, society and the state: Struggles over mining and land. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

5. Motta, R., & Arancibia, F. (2016). Health experts challenging the safety of pesticides in Argentina and Brazil. In M. Chamberlain (Ed.), Medicine, Discourse and Power. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 179-206.

4. Góngora-Mera, M., & Motta, R. C. (2014). El derecho internacional y la mercantilización biohegemónica de la naturaleza: la diseminación normativa de la propiedad intelectual sobre semillas en Colombia y Argentina. In B. Göbel, M. Góngora-Mera, & A. Ulloa (Eds.), Desigualdades socioambientales en América Latina. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colómbia, pp. 395–433.

3. Motta, R. (2013). Risky Politics:  A Sociological Analysis of the WTO Panel on Biotechnological Products. In M. B. A. van Asselt, E. Versluis, & E. Vos (Eds.), Balancing between Trade and Risk: Integrating legal and social science perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 59–80.

2. Motta, R. (2013). Ganancias, abortos y cáncer: riesgos y desigualdades en torno a la soja transgénica en Argentina. In L. Vecslir (Ed.), Entre la incertidumbre y el riesgo. Reflexiones sobre la modernidad radicalizada en la América Latina (ebook). Bahia Blanca: EdiUNS.

1. Motta, R., & Sobral, F. (2009). O risco dos OGMs: um conflito entre os campos político, científico e econômico. In A. M. Fernandes & S. Raninscheski (Eds.), Américas Compartilhadas. São Paulo: Francis, pp. 197–219.

Book reviews

5. Motta, Renata. (2019). “Book Reviews: Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America”. Latin American Politics and Society, 61 (1): 160–163.

4. Motta, R. (2019). “The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation: The Piquetero Movement in Argentina”. Contemporary Sociology, 48 (5): 571–73.

3. Motta, R. (2019). “Estado e movimentos sociais: uma pesquisa no Incra“. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 34 (100).

2. Motta, R. (2018). Review of Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina, by Pablo Lapegna. Oxford University Press, 2016. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS), 105: Rev. 10.

1. Motta, R. (2017). Brazil’s Emerging role in Global Governance: Health, Food Security and Bioenergy, by Markus Fraundorfer. Palgrave & Macmillan, 2016. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS), 104.

Published Working Papers and Research Reports

6. Galindo, E.; M. Teixeira, M. Araújo, R. Motta, M.Pessoa, L.Mendes & L. Rennó. (2021). “Efeitos da pandemia na alimentação e na situação da segurança alimentar no Brasil.” Food for Justice Working Paper Series, no. 4. Berlin: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy.

5. Meinecke, M; Motta, R; Neuber, M.; Sommer, M.; Teune, S.; Hennigfeld, J.; Unkel, N. & Küppers, C. (2021). Politische Ernährung. Mobilisierung, Konsumverhalten und Motive von Teilnehmer*innen in der Wir haben es satt!-Demonstration 2020, Food for Justice Working Paper Series (Nr. 3). Berlin: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy.

4. Teixeira, Marco Antonio, Renata Motta, Lúcio Rennó, Marcelo Galiza Pereira de Souza and Lea Zentgraf (forthcoming). “Marcha das Margaridas 2019: alimentação, mobilização social e gênero“. Food for Justice Working Paper Series, no.2. Berlin: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy.

3. Motta, R. (forthcoming). Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. Preliminary Research Program. Food for Justice Working Paper Series (Nr.1). Berlin: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy.

2. Motta, R., Poth, C. and Rauchecker, M. (2016). The Construction and (De)legitimation of Knowledge: The Biotechnological Agrarian Model in Argentina. desiguALdades.net Working Paper Series 96. Berlin: desiguALdades.net International Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America.

1. Motta, R. (2013). The public debate about agrobiotechnology in Latin American countries: a comparative study of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. ECLAC Production Development Series 193. Santiago de Chile: ECLAC.

Work in progress or under review

3. Motta, R. and Teixeira, Marco. Food sovereignty and popular feminism in Brazil. Special Issue: “Gender and Food: Contemporary perspectives, Studies and Research”. Anthropology of Food. Status: minor revisions due June 2021.

2. Motta, R. Violent matters: feminist solidarities through the politics of the body and food. Special Issue: Women in Movement and Feminisms: critical materialisms, and environmentalisms. Journal of Studies in Social Justice. Status: Submission due May 2021.

1. Motta, R. Wir haben es satt: Politisch-ökologische Ernährungskoalition. Sonderausgabe: Food Lokal/Global an der Berliner Blätter. Status: submitted March 2021.

Articles in Newspapers, Magazines and Blogs

8. Rennó, L., Teixeira, M, and Motta, R. (2021). Auxílio emergencial e segurança alimentar. Valor ecomômico. Available at: https://valor.globo.com/opiniao/coluna/auxilio-emergencial-e-seguranca-alimentar.ghtml

7. Motta, R., Teixeira, M. and Galindo, E. (2021). Pandemia da insegurança alimentar. Folha de São Paulo. Available at: https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/opiniao/2021/04/pandemia-da-inseguranca-alimentar.shtml

6. Teixeira, M., Motta, R. and Galindo, E. (2021). Desigualdades alimentares em tempos de pandemia. Nexo Jornal Políticas Públicas. Available at: https://pp.nexojornal.com.br/opiniao/2021/Desigualdades-alimentares-em-tempos-de-pandemia

5. Motta, R. and Meinecke, M. (2020). Soziale Bewegungen für eine Agrar- und Ernährungswende. Webseite BMBF Wissenschaftsjahr 2020/21 Bioökonomie. Available: https://www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/2020-21/aktuelles-aus-der-biooekonomie/koepfe-des-wandels/soziale-bewegungen-fuer-eine-agrar-und-ernaehrungswende

4. Motta, R. and Teixeira, Marco (2019). Women from every corner occupy Brasília: the Marcha das Margaridas. Open Movements. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/marcha-das-margaridas/

3. Motta, R. and Teixeira, Marco (2019). Radar da Participação #3: Mulheres do campo, das florestas, das águas e das cidades ocupam Brasília: a Marcha das Margaridas 2019. In: Democracia e Participação. Available at: https://www.democraciaeparticipacao.com.br/index.php/destaque/262-radar-da-participacao-3-mulheres-do-campo-das-florestas-das-aguas-e-das-cidades-ocupam-brasilia-a-marcha-das-margaridas-2019

2. Motta, R. (2016). Gleiches Übel, unterschiedliche Wege: Wie gentechnisch veränderte Soja in Argentinien und Brasilien Fuß fasste. Zeitschrift der Informationsstelle Lateinamerika (ila), 398, 4-6.

1. Motta, R. (2012). “GM soy producers and crop sprayer face criminal charges”, GM Watch, August 20. Available at: http://gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2012/14133-verdict-expected-on-gm-soy-producers-charged-over-pesticide-spraying.