Maria Augusta Paim is Assistant Professor in Environmental Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law.
Before joining the University of Nottingham, Maria Augusta held research and teaching posts at various institutions, such as Lecturer in Climate Change at Loughborough University. She worked as a Research Associate in the 'Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance' (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge, where she is currently a Fellow. Her project focused on climate and environmental policies for the Water-Energy-Food nexus in Brazil, sponsored by the Newton Fund ESRC-FAPESC. She was involved in teaching activities for the University of Cambridge postgraduate students, such as module convenor, lecturer, supervisor in International Environmental Law, and lecturer in Energy and Climate Change. While at Cambridge, she was a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Newnham College.
Maria Augusta was also a Visiting Researcher and Guest Lecturer in International Environmental Law (LLM and LLB) at the Queen Mary University of London and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee. Her project in Dundee conducted applied research on energy transitions in the Global South, funded through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the UK Government. In Dundee, she has been awarded the Global Challenge Research Fund - GCRF (Scottish Funding Council under the UK Research and Innovation scheme) to co-lead investigations on renewable energy business models for resilient healthcare systems in Nigeria.
Outside academia, Maria Augusta practised as a dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) lawyer for several years in São Paulo, specialising in strategies for complex energy-related disputes. She is currently a Fellow of the 'Platform on International Energy Governance', a global network of excellence to promote research on energy governance issues.
Maria Augusta holds a PhD in Public International Law/International Law of the Sea from the University of São Paulo, and she completed a Master of Laws (LLM) in Maritime Law at the University of Southampton as a recipient of the British Council Chevening Award.
Maria Augusta convenes the International Environmental Law in practice module (LLM) and contributes to teaching International Wildlife Law (LLB).
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Maria Augusta works on environmental law research on the laws of sustainable transitions within climate change strategies on various topics, including fostering sustainable transition in the Global… read more
PAIM, M.-A., 2022. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for a sustainable mining corridor: addressing social and environmental risks of tailing dams’ disasters after Mariana and Brumadinho. In: HOBBS, J. and JUFFE-BIGNOLI, D., eds., Impact Assessment for Corridors: From Infrastructure to Development Corridors (In Press.)
PAIM, M.-A., 2021. Zero deforestation in the Amazon: The Soy Moratorium and global forest governance Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law: RECIEL. 30(2), 220-232 PAIM, M.-A., SALAS, P., LINDNER, S., POLLITT, H., MERCURE, J.-F., EDWARDS, N.R. and VIÑUALES, J.E., 2020. Mainstreaming the Water-Energy-Food Nexus through nationally determined contributions (NDCs) Processes: The case of Brazil Climate Policy. 20(2), 163-178
PAIM, M.-A., DAMARCO, A., YANG, C.-H., SALAS, P., LINDNER, S., MERCURE, J.-F., GUERRA, J.B.S.O., DERANI, C., DA SILVA, T.B. and VIÑUALES, J.E., 2019. Evaluating Brazilian regulatory strategies for hydrological risk Energy Policy. 128, 393-401
Maria Augusta works on environmental law research on the laws of sustainable transitions within climate change strategies on various topics, including fostering sustainable transition in the Global South, environmental integrity in the energy sector, and market-based mechanisms for forest governance.
She has published peer-reviewed articles as the lead author for high-scored journals, including the 'Review of European, Comparative, and International Environmental Law,' 'Climate Policy,' the 'Oxford Journal of World Energy Law and Business,' and 'Energy Policy.' Some of her research outlets result from interdisciplinary framework analysis collaborating with economists and environmental/climate scientists.