Scientific Articles & Reports



Aragão R.B.d.A., Bastos Lima M.G., Burns G.L. and Ross H (2022) To clear or not to clear: Unpacking soy farmers’ decision-making on deforestation in Brazil’s CerradoFrontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 6, 942207. [Online access]

Russo Lopes, G. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2022) Understanding deforestation lock-in: Insights from Land Reform settlements in the Brazilian Amazon. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 5, 951290. [Online access]

Pendrill, F., Gardner, T., Meyfroidt, P., Persson, U.M., Adams, J., Azevedo, T., Bastos Lima, M.G., et al. (2022). Disentangling the numbers behind agriculture-driven tropical deforestation. Science 377(6611), eabm9267. [Online access or direct download]

Bastos Lima, M.G. and Da Costa, K. (2022). Quo vadis, Brazil? Environmental Malgovernance under Bolsonaro and the Ambiguous Role of the Sustainable Development Goals. Bulletin of Latin American Research 41(4), 508–524 [Online access]

Siegel, K. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2022). Introduction: Quo Vadis, Latin America? Human Rights, Environmental Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals. Bulletin of Latin American Research 41(3), 341-343 [Online access]

zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J.; Bastos Lima, M.G.; Bellfield, H.; Dontenville, A.; Gardner, T.; Godar, J.; Heilmayr, R. et al. (2022). Addressing indirect sourcing in zero deforestation commodity supply chains. Science Advances 8 (17), eabn3132. [Online access]

Bastos Lima, M.G. and Palme, U. (2022). The Bioeconomy–Biodiversity Nexus: Enhancing or Undermining Nature’s Contributions to People? Conservation 2 (1), 7-25. [Online access]

Bastos Lima, M.G. (2022). Just transition towards a bioeconomy: Four dimensions in Brazil, India and Indonesia. Forest Policy and Economics 136, 102684. [Online access or direct download]


Bastos Lima, M.G. and Kmoch, L. (2021). “Neglect paves the way for dispossession: The politics of ‘last frontiers’ in Brazil and Myanmar.” World Development 148, 105681. [Open access].

Bastos Lima, M.G. (2021). “Corporate Power in the Bioeconomy Transition: The Policies and Politics of Conservative Ecological Modernization in Brazil.” Sustainability 13(12), 6952. [Open access].  

Bastos Lima, M.G., Harring, N., Jagers, S.C., Löfgren, Å, Persson, U.M., Sjöstedt, M., Brülde, B., Langlet, D., Steffen, W., Alpízar, F. (2021). “Large-scale collective action to avoid an Amazon tipping point – key actors and interventions.” Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 3, 100048. [Open access].  

Russo Lopes, G., Bastos Lima, M.G., Reis, T.N.P. dos (2021). “Maldevelopment revisited: Inclusiveness and social impacts of soy expansion over Brazil’s Cerrado in Matopiba.World Development, 139, 105316. [Open access].

(Versão brasileira) Russo Lopes, G., Bastos Lima, M.G., Reis, T.N.P. dos (2021). “Revisitando o conceito de mau desenvolvimento: Inclusão e impactos sociais da expansão da soja no Cerrado do Matopiba.World Development, 139, 105316. [Download do PDF em português].


Russo Lopes, G. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2020). “Necropolitics in the jungle: COVID-19 and the marginalisation of Brazil’s forest peoples.Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39 (S1), 92-97. [Online access].

Siegel, K.M. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2020). “When international sustainability frameworks encounter domestic politics: The sustainable development goals and agri-food governance in South America.World Development, 135, 105053. [Online access or direct download]

Ivanova, A., Zia, A., Ahmad, P., and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2020). “Climate mitigation policies and actions: access and allocation issues.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 20, 287–301. [Online access].

Bastos Lima, M.G. and Persson, U.M. (2020). “Commodity-centric landscape governance as a double-edged sword: The case of soy and the Cerrado Working Group in Brazil“. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 3, 27. [Online access].

zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J, Ayre, B., Godar, J., Bastos Lima, M.G., et al. (2020). “Using supply chain data to monitor zero deforestation commitments: an assessment of progress in the Brazilian soy sector“. Environmental Research Letters 15, 035003. [Online access].

2019 and before

Bastos Lima, M.G., Persson, U.M., Meyfroidt, P. (2019). “Leakage and Boosting Effects in Environmental Governance: A Framework for Analysis“. Environmental Research Letters 14, 105006. [Online access].

Bastos Lima, M.G. (2018). “Toward Multipurpose Agriculture: Food, Fuels, Flex Crops, and Prospects for a Bioeconomy“. Global Environmental Politics 18(2), 143-150. [Online access or direct download].

Bastos Lima, M.G., Kissinger, G., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Braña Varela, J., Gupta, A. (2017). “The Sustainable Development Goals and REDD+: Assessing Institutional Interactions and the Pursuit of Synergies“. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(4), 589-606. [Online access].

Bastos Lima, M.G., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Braña Varela, J., and Gupta, A. (2017). “A Reality Check on the Landscape Approach to REDD+: Lessons from Latin America” Forest Policy and Economics, 78, 10-20 [Online access or direct download].

Bastos Lima, M.G. and Gupta, J. (2014). “The Extraterritorial Dimensions of Biofuel Policies and the Politics of Scale: Live and Let Die?” Third World Quarterly, 35(3), 392-410 [Online access or direct download]

Bastos Lima, M.G. and Gupta, J. (2013). “The Policy Context of Biofuels: A Case of Non-Governance at the Global Level?” Global Environmental Politics, 13(2), 46-64. [Online access or direct download]

Bastos Lima, M.G. (2012). “An Institutional Analysis of Biofuel Policies and their Social Implications: Lessons from Brazil, India and Indonesia.” United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Occasional Paper n.9, series “Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development”. [Online access]

Kuik, O., Bastos Lima, M.G and Gupta, J. (2011). “Energy Security in a Developing World“. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, 2(4), 627-634. [Online access]

Bastos Lima, M.G. (2009). “Biofuel Governance and International Legal Principles: Is it Equitable and Sustainable?” Melbourne Journal of International Law, 10(2), 470-492. [Online access]. (This article was selected for a follow-up debate on the Opinio Juris discussion board with Prof. C. Ford Runge, here)

McAllister Kattides, M.L. and Bastos Lima, M.G. (2008). “Changing Food Systems and Implications for Sustainable Communities: Cyprus, Canada and Brazil.” Environments, 36 (1), 45-58. [Online access]

Bastos Lima, M.G (2008). “Street food: Brazilian street vending nourishes the local economy and supports farmers.” Alternatives, 34(3), 30-32.