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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Stephanie is an emerging political scientist and sociologist who works on the resolution of sociotechnical controversies in the wake of environmental disasters and the search for environmental justice. Her primary case studies revolve around the Mariana and Brumadinho mining disasters in Brazil.

She has eight years of experience in field research, policy development and evaluation, data analysis, and community engagement. Stephanie has been dividing her time between consulting firms and NGOs. Until August 2023, she serves as a Communications Specialist in an interdisciplinary team at AECOM do Brasil, where she spearheads the socio-economic research front on food security analysis of products produced with water from the Doce River, which was affected by the Mariana mining disaster.

Previously, Stephanie served as a Social Project Analyst at Agência de Iniciativas Cidadãs (AIC), where she led the Vale Cuidar project that focused on raising awareness of early childhood experiences in the municipalities of Resplendor and Tumiritinga in Brazil. By implementing participatory methodologies, Stephanie engaged both children and adults in understanding and improving early childhood conditions. Stephanie has also conducted research and analysis for various consulting firms and NGOs, working on projects related to disaster-affected communities, crime prevention, social policy evaluation, and community outreach.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), during her time as an undergraduate Stephanie worked as a Research Assistant at the Political Science Department on two significant academic research projects, “LGBT rights in debate: A Study on Online Controversies" and “Online deliberation? Systematization and application of a methodology for the study of digital initiatives in the light of deliberative theory.”

Change happens when knowledge is shared. Change happens when we make space for different kinds of knowledge and through this are able to recognise an inequality. In my experience working with communities impacted by environmental disasters, the ability to name the situation as unequal is imperative, it sheds light, and it says ‘This is happening, these are the consequences, we must act upon it’.

Stephanie Reis


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