Dr Marcelo Inacio da Cunha

Research programme: Environmental Governance

Function: Senior Researcher

Specialization: Economics, Geography

Work areas:

  • Institutional and ecological economics
  • Human-nature relations
  • Environmental justice
  • Political ecology of forest conservation
  • Resilience and sustainability in natural resource use
  • Natural resource management and governance
  • Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
  • Ecosystem/forest landscape restoration
  • Climate change
  • Value chain analysis of deforestation-free agricultural and non-timber forest products
  • Rural livelihoods and development
  • UN Multilateral Environmental Agreements


since 12/2023 German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Senior Researcher in the research programme "Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability"
10/2022 - 11/2023 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
3/2020 - 10/2022 DLR (German IPBES Coordination Office)
Scientific Officer
11/2019 - 6/2022 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Freie Universität Berlin 
Dr. rer. nat. (PhD in Geography) on tradeoffs/synergies concerning forest conservation and resource-reliant livelihoods of socioeconomically marginalized traditional communities in Amazônia
11/2017 - 11/2019 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
10/2013 - 10/2017 DAAD/CAPES (project funded mostly by BMZ) 
PhD scholar working on project about sustainable value chains "Sociobiodiversidade e bioeconomia na Amazônia"
3/2010 - 11/2013 CIFOR-ICRAF (World Agroforestry)
10/2003-3/2009 Universität zu Köln
Economist, Dipl.-Volkswirt ("Diplom" studies in Economics with emphasis in Sociology)
1/2009 - 3/2009 United Nations Global Compact
4/2008 - 8/2008 UNEP-Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
8/2006 - 10/2006 AIESEC (Cameroon)
3/2006 - 4/2006 Transparency International
4/2005 - 6/2005 Südwind Institute

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces