expert in environmental economics, social investment, stakeholder engagement and socio-economic risk assessment; associate professor of economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
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Valéria Gonçalves da Vinha, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a consultant in Sustainable Development, Stakeholder Engagement and corporate-community relations. She has directed sustainable development projects in sensitive areas in Brazil for paper and pulp and forestry clients. She has also managed socio-economic and stakeholder appraisals for oil and gas clients (Shell, BP, Kerr-McGee, Exxon-Mobil) and has participated in several projects sponsored by the Summit Foundation, the Ford Foundation, UNDP, Petrobras, CBEDS (the Brazilian branch of the WBCSD) focused on corporate-community relations and biodiversity management.
As Professor of Economic History at the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, her doctoral dissertation on "environmentally committed corporations" serves as the theoretical basis for her work with extractive industry. While a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998, Dr. da Vinha participated in several case studies of Shell’s Camisea Project in Peru.
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