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BRIDGE: Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy -- Complexity across scales in Brazil. The BRIDGE project is a UK-BRAZIL collaboration funded by the Newton Funds, comprising of the ESRC and FAPESC. It supports researchers in the modelling, understanding and governance of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus.


The BRIDGE project aims to develop a framework of analysis and policy engagement to improve the resilience of the Brazilian Food-Water-Energy (FWE) nexus to global environmental and economic change, in close cooperation with the Brazilian academic community. It combines established UK expertise and specifically developed, state-of-the-art analytical capacity in socio-economic and environmental modelling to build a robust environmental policy assessment methodology for the Brazilian FWE nexus in the context of global change. The modelling capacity, skills and knowledge will be transferred to relevant actors in Brazil to enable local academics to continue informing and engaging policymakers through a continued sustainability transition during and beyond the end of this project. 

The project is funded by the Newton Fund, a collaboration between UK and Brazil Research Councils, the ESRC and FAPESC.




BRIDGE is a three years project, with a consortium formed of five institutions, led by the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of the South of Santa-Catarina UNISUL (Brazil), with Co-Investigators at the University of Exeter (UK), Cambridge Econometrics Ltd (UK) and The Open University (UK).

Project partners are as follows:


WP1 - Management

Leader: Jean-Francois Mercure


WP2 - Modelling

Leader: Jean-Francois Mercure


WP3 - Policy Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement

Leader: Jorge Vinuales


WP4 - Pilot Action Projects

Leader: Baltazar Andrade Guerra

  • Management of the Pilot Action Projects  - Baltazar Andrade Guerra, Rafael Faraco, Joao Marcelo, Issa Berchin, UNISUL, Florianopolis, Brazil


WP5 - Public Dissemination and Engagement

Leader: Baltazar Andrade Guerra


WP6 - Innovation, Diffusion and Technology Transfer

Leader: Pablo Salas


 Representative Research Output 


  • Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, Viñuales, J.-E. (ed.) (forthcoming)
  • The importance of international conferences on sustainable development as higher education institutions’ strategies to promote sustainability: A case study in Brazil. Berchin, I. I., Sima, M., de Lima, M. A., Biesel, S., dos Santos, L. P., Ferreira, R. V., … & Ceci, F. Journal of Cleaner Production, 171, 2018, 756-772
  • Contributions of Public Policies to Greening Sugarcane Ethanol Production in Brazil. Berchin, I. I., da Silva, S. A., Bocquillon, P., Fornasari, V. H., Ribeiro, L. P. C., Ribeiro, J. M. P., & de Andrade, J. B. S. O. In Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Principles, Challenges and Perspectives, Springer, Cham., 2018, 375-393
  • The adoption of strategies for sustainable cities: a comparative study between Newcastle and Florianopolis focused on urban mobility. Guerra, J. B. S., Pereira Ribeiro, J. M., Fernandez, F., Bailey, C., Barbosa, S. B., & Neiva, S. D. S. Journal of Cleaner Production, 163, 2027, S209-S222
  • Climate change and forced migrations: An effort towards recognizing climate refugees. Berchin, I. I., Valduga, I. B., Garcia, J., & de Andrade, J. B. S. O. Geoforum, 84, 2017, 147-150.
  • Education for Sustainable Development and Its Role in the Promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. Garcia, J., da Silva, S. A., Carvalho, A. S., & de Andrade, J. B. S. O. In Curricula for Sustainability in Higher Education, Springer, Cham., 2017, 1-18.
  • Promotion of Sustainable Development at Universities: The Adoption of Green Campus Strategies at the University of Southern Santa Catarina, Brazil. Ribeiro, J. M. P., Barbosa, S. B., Casagrande, J. L., Sehnem, S., Berchin, I. I., da Silva, C. G., … & de Andrade, J. B. S. O.  In Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education Springer, Cham. 2017, p. 471-486