SIMONE ALTOé obtained her Ph.D. from Hokkaido University in Japan and is now an independent consultant in Amsterdam. Her Ph.D. thesis is “Sustainable Rural Development and Institutional Support in Brazil: The Case of Small Soybean Farmers in the State of Rio Grande do Sul” (2004).
CHRISTIAN BRANNSTROM is Associate Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on environmental governance and land-use and land-cover change in the Brazilian cerrado. He edited Territories, Commodities and Knowledges, a book on Latin American environmental history, and his recent research articles have appeared in Geoforum, Geocarto International, Environment and History, and Bulletin of Latin American Research.
ELIZABETH FITTING is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University in Canada. Her work examines changing rural livelihoods and cultural practices under state reform and economic globalization. She has researched and published articles on the Mexican debates over GM corn as a focal point for competing narratives about neoliberal policy and globalization, and contextualized these debates in relation to the ways small-scale maize producers and migrants engage and contest such policies and processes in southeastern Puebla.
SHUJI HISANO is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University, Japan. He works on the international