MSU Scholar Emilio Moran Discusses Innovative Interdisciplinary Work Focused on Off-grid Hydropower in Brazil

December 17, 2020

Emilio Moran

World-renowned social anthropologist Emilio Moran has studied and published in tropical agriculture, social science, ecology, economics, and, most recently, earth observations from satellites. Moran is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor with the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University.

Moran’s latest work centers around the environmental and economic impact of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. A five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation brings together an interdisciplinary team including Norbert Mueller (Mechanical Engineering), Maria Claudia Lopez (Community Sustainability), Aaron McCright (Sociology), Rachel Mourao and Judy Walgren (both from Journalism) to work with off-grid communities in the Brazilian Amazon to adopt new technologies that respond to their needs, including in-stream turbines developed at Michigan State University.

Visit the link below to learn more about this work as Moran talks with Russ White on a recent episode of the MSU Today podcast.