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Dr Maria Augusta Paim

Dr Maria  Augusta  Paim

Centre Fellow


Dr Maria Augusta Paim

Ph.D. (São Paulo), LL.M. (Southampton), LL.B.

Maria Augusta is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy and Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). She is part of the project called BRIDGE (Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy), directed by Professor Jorge Viñuales, a UK-Brazil collaboration funded by the Newton Fund/ESRC. As a Research Associate at the BRIDGE Project, Maria Augusta is contributing to the multidisciplinary study about improving governance of the Brazilian Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the context of the climate change strategies.
Maria Augusta obtained a Ph.D. in international law from the University of São Paulo, where she submitted her thesis on international law of the sea and the qualification of oil platforms, a work that was subsequently published as a book in Brazil. Whilst working on her Ph.D., she was awarded The British Council Chevening Scholarship to complete an LL.M. course in maritime law at the University of Southampton. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, she was a Visiting Fellow (international law of the sea) at Queen Mary, University of London, where she has also been invited to be a guest speaker on the International Environmental Law course at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Maria Augusta is a Brazilian qualified lawyer and she practiced as an advocate for a decade in a leading and renowned law firm in São Paulo, where she gained in-depth experience in dispute resolution, primarily in the areas of energy and general commercial law.



Course Convenor for, and Lecturer on, the Environmental Policy MPhil module International Environmental Law and Lecturer on the module Energy and Climate Change.

Research Interests

International Environmental Law, Energy Law and International Law of the Sea

Key Publications

‘Evaluating Brazilian regulatory strategies for hydrological risk’. 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. (Energy Policy special issue 'Energy Law', article accepted, forthcoming 2019)

‘Nuclear Infrastructure Decommissioning in Brazil and China: regulatory development, incompleteness and future synergy’. Paim, M-A. & Yang, C-H. (Oxford Journal of World Energy Law and Business special issue ‘Decommissioning in the Energy Sector', 2018, 11(3), p. 220-236)

‘System complexity and policy integration challenges: the Brazilian Energy-Water-Food Nexus’. 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. (C-EENRG Working Paper, 2017-6)