Dr Maria Augusta Paim

PhD (University of Sao Paulo)

  • University Teacher in Climate Change

Academic career

• University Teacher in Climate Change, Loughborough University, 2021-2022
• Research Fellow, University of Dundee, 2019-2021
• Research Associate, University of Cambridge, 2017-2019, and Postdoctoral Affiliate Newnham College, 2017-2020
• Research Fellow, Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge, 2015-present


Maria Augusta Paim works on environmental law research in various topics, from the laws of sustainable transitions within climate change strategies to the influences of new technologies in shaping ocean governance for marine environment protection. She has held advanced research and teaching fellow posts at the Queen Mary University of London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Dundee, and the University of Stirling. She was awarded the British Council Chevening Award during her master studies, and her experience outside academia includes working as a dispute resolution advocate (litigation and arbitration) for the energy sector.

Furthermore, Maria Augusta is affiliated with the 'Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance' (C-EENRG) at the University of Cambridge, where she has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Water-Energy-Food nexus, in a project sponsored by the Newton Fund ESRC-FAPESC. She is also a fellow at the 'Platform on International Energy Governance', a global network of excellence to promote research on energy governance issues.

In 2020-21 she was the CO-I and leading researcher in the project 'Strengthening Nigeria's Response to COVID-19: Renewable Energy for Resilient Healthcare Systems in Rural Areas,' funded by the Scottish Funding Council under the UK Research and Innovation scheme Global Challenge Research Fund – GCRF. This was a collaborative project among the University of Dundee and the Nigerian institutions Covenant University and the Rural Electrification Agency.

Maria Augusta teaches climate change.

  • Paim, M-A. (2021) ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for a sustainable mining corridor: addressing social and environmental risks of tailing dams’ disasters after Mariana and Brumadinho.’ In: Impact Assessment for Corridors: From Infrastructure to Development Corridors J. Hobbs and D. Juffe-Bignoli (Eds.) Cambridge, UK: The Development Corridors Partnership (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, Special issue The Amazon Forest, 30(2), 220-232 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/reel.12408
  • Paim, M-A. Salas, P. Lindner, S. Pollitt, H. Mercure, J-F. Edwards, N.R. & 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 DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1696736
  • 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. & Viñuales, J.E. (2019) ‘Evaluating Brazilian regulatory strategies for hydrological risk’. Energy Policy, Special issue Energy Law, 128, 393-401 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.064
  • Mercure, J.-F. Paim, M-A. Bocquillon, P. Lindner, S. Salas, P. Martinelli, P. Berchin, I. Guerra, J.B.S.O. Derani, C. de Albuquerque Junior, C. L. Marcello, J. Knobloch, F. Pollitt, H. Edwards, N.R. Holden, P.B. Foley, A. Schaphoff, S. Faraco, R. & Viñuales, J.E. (2019) ‘System complexity and policy integration challenges: the Brazilian Energy-Water-Food Nexus’. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 105, 230-243, and C-EENRG Working Paper, 2017-6 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.01.045
  • Paim, M-A. & Yang, C-H. (2018) ‘Nuclear Infrastructure Decommissioning in Brazil and China: regulatory development, incompleteness and future synergy’. Oxford Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Special issue Decommissioning in the Energy Sector, 11(3), p. 220-236 https://doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jwy010