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Vitor Martins Dias

Butler University

Based in

United States
North America

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at Butler University. I am a socio-legal scholar exploring how legal, political, and social actors influence global and local institutions and organizations, producing social change or reproducing structural inequalities. Globally, I study how lawyers shape trade regimes between countries, which has contributed to today’s climate crisis. Locally, I analyze the mobilization against and governance of climate change in Brazil’s Amazon, where I was born and raised. My work has appeared in World Development, Sociology of Development, Law & Social Inquiry, University of Illinois Law Review, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and Cambridge University Press.

After moving from Brazil to the U.S., I earned my LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University Bloomington. In 2022-2023, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. At IU-Bloomington, I remain affiliated with the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes and the Maurer School of Law’s Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession. I am currently co-editing a special issue of the Law & Society Review on Law in a Changing Climate. When I am not teaching, I am mostly working on my book project.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Brazil

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Climate Justice Social movements

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Dias, Vitor M. “Climate Change, Organizational Culture, and Symbolic Embeddedness in the Brazilian Amazon.” Sociology of Development, vol. 9, no. 4, 2023, pp. 366–87, https://doi.org/10.1525/sod.2023.9.4.366.

Delaroche, Martin, Vitor M. Dias, and Paulo Eduardo dos Santos Massoca. “The Intertemporal Governance Challenges of Brazil’s Amazon: Managing Soybean Expansion, Deforestation Rates, and Urban Floods.” Sustainability Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 2023, pp. 43–58, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01149-4.

Dias, Vitor M, Pedro Paulo de Araújo Soares, Eduardo S. Brondizio, and Sandra Helena Souza Cruz. “Grassroots Mobilization in Brazil’s Urban Amazon: Global Investments, Persistent Floods, and Local Resistance Across Political and Legal Arenas.” World Development, vol. 146, 2021, p. 105572, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105572.