Brazilian Research and Studies Center

The Brazilian Studies and Research Center (BRaS) is a non-profit and independent network research center based in Würzburg, Germany. The BRaS produces and disseminates relevant social-science research with a focus on Brazil. The center’s core mission is to promote throughout the world scientific research on Brazil with a focus on its political, social, economic, and cultural development. Moreover, the BRaS are committed to the principle of science with and for society.

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BraS and Boletim Lua Nova establish partnership

Boletim Lua Nova and BraS have established a partnership agreement for the publication and promotion of academic texts. The agreement will expand the content offered by both institutions. BraS editorial staff will dedicate an exclusive section of its website to Lua Nova texts. The texts of this section will also be indexed in the German Library by the ISSN 2701-4924 identifier.
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German National Library grants ISSN to BraS blog publications.

The academic committee of Brazilian Research and Studies received this week the excellent news that the ISSN of its blog was approved by the German National Library. The International Standard Serial Number makes it possible for the blog's serial publications to be easily identified by library systems in several places. The ISSN is valid worldwide and serves as a unique...
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BRaS promotes Brazilian social sciences during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Brazilian Research Studies Center, in an effort to publicize the work done by researchers and research institutes, published in its blog some translations related to the coronavirus crisis. The texts were originally organized by the National Association of Postgraduate Studies in Social Sciences (ANPOCS), the Brazilian Society of Sociology (SBS), the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA),  the Brazilian Association of Political Science (ABCP) and the Association of Social Scientists of the Mercosur Religion (ACSRM).
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From Fome Zero to Bolsa Famíla: intragovernmental disputes in the decision of a public policy

By |February 8th, 2021|Vol. 2 Num. 1|

In 2002, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was elected President, after presenting in his campaign the fight against inequality through the Fome Zero Program as his main agenda. However, due to political, economic, and social differences within the Workers' Party, a coalition who advocated a structurally simpler program than Fome Zero was formed. This group defended a direct income transfer program, in which the receiving family would not necessarily have to spend on food, but on the needs of any source. Because of this, an intra-party conflict happened in 2003 between the “Food Security” coalition, which was an advocate of the Fome Zero Program, and the “Basic Income” coalition, to determine which type of public policy should remain a priority in the fight against hunger in Brazil.

Introducing BRaS Blog Interviews – the door is open, come in!

By |January 14th, 2021|Vol. 2 Num. 1|

BRaS Blog opens its doors to scholars and students. We want to listen to different voices, viewpoints. Also, diverse research methodologies and theoretical frameworks. From an excerpt of an ongoing project to comments on relevant current issues, we want to gather different ideas on the table and talk about them. And that was how BRaS Blog Interviews was born, and I am delighted to be the Editor. Our purpose is to develop our network by better understanding researches and researchers dedicated to shedding light on Brazil as a case study or from a comparative perspective.

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Academic staff

Dr. Thomas Kestler

Dr. Thomas Kestler

Academic committee

Senior Scientist

M.A. Anna Paula Bennech

M.A. Anna Paula Bennech

Secretary-General and Institutional Relations Manager

DFG research fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Würzburg

M.A. Claudia Pires de Castro

M.A. Claudia Pires de Castro

Head of Communication and PR

Masters student in Political Science at the University of Vienna

M.A. Giovanna Imbernon

M.A. Giovanna Imbernon

Deputy Secretary-General and Translation Manager

Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of Coimbra (CES/IIIUC)

Guilherme Souza

Guilherme Souza

Academic committee

MSc Candidate in Environmental Risks and Human Security at the United Nations University and the University of Bonn.

M.A. Jayane Maia

M.A. Jayane Maia

Research Funding Manager

GIGA Research Fellow and PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hamburg

M.A. Lucas Thixbai Fraga

M.A. Lucas Thixbai Fraga

Head of Finance Department

Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

M.A. Matheus Jones Zago

M.A. Matheus Jones Zago

IT Manager

DFG research fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at University of Würzburg

M.A. Matheus Lucas Hebling

M.A. Matheus Lucas Hebling

Head of Research Department

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

M.A. Thaís Cavalcante Martins

M.A. Thaís Cavalcante Martins

Institutional Relations Deputy Manager

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)

Dr. Eric Nogueira Andrade

Dr. Eric Nogueira Andrade

Deputy Head of Research Department

Junior Ph.D. researcher

Dr. Vinício Carrilho Martinez

Dr. Vinício Carrilho Martinez

Academic committee

Associate professor at the department of Education of UFSCar

M.A. Luíza Cerioli

M.A. Luíza Cerioli

Research Funding Deputy Manager

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Philipps University of Marburg

M.A. Luisa Turbino Torres

M.A. Luisa Turbino Torres

Deputy Head of Communication and PR

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, U.S.A

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