About UsRenata Campos Motta
PROFESSOR OF “SOCIETY, CULTURE, AND COMMUNICATION IN IBERO-AMERICA”
Fiebiger Professorship as part of the Baden-Württemberg Initiative “Kleine Fächer”
HCIAS Deputy Director
Affiliation: Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies
Cooperation: Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences
Renata Campos Motta is a sociologist with interdisciplinary research interests. She is the project leader of the research group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy (2019-2024), funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Renata holds a PhD in Sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Universidade de Brasília (Brazil), and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontíficia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Brazil).
Before joining the HCIAS in August 2022, she was a Junior Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (July 2018 – July 2022), and a Guest Associate Professor of Brazilian Studies and Global Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark (2017-2018). She has been a visiting professor at the Università degli studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo (Italy, 2022) and at the Universidade de Brasília (Brasil, 2019).
Renata is currently a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA), the International Sociological Association (ISA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and the Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (IPB). She was a board member of the Research Committee 47 of the International Sociological Association (2014-2018) and of the ESA Research Network on Risk and Uncertainty (2013-2014). Furthermore, she is a member of the editorial team of the Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais (since February 2021) and of Estudos Sociedade e Agricultura (since March 2021).
Her research is focused on the political sociology of Latin America. She draws on relational approaches to mobilization and demobilization in social movement studies as well as multiscale analytical frameworks. National units of analysis are always embedded in intra-, inter-, and transregional dynamics.
In the sociology of social inequalities, she has been developing theoretical and conceptual approaches, in particular the concept of global entangled inequalities. At the moment, her research applies such frameworks to the topic of food, which is at the core of my research group on socio-ecological change Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. Food for Justice combines theoretical perspectives on global inequalities with research on social movements against injustices in the agricultural and food systems. The research questions are elaborated on in case studies in Europe (Germany) and Latin America (Brazil) using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Within gender studies, I investigate processes of solidarity building and coalitions between womens’ movements, feminist movements, and other social movements. She is interested in understanding the role of feminist movements as central actors of resistance to right-wing conservatism in Latin America, including crimes against land and environmental activists, and the struggle against sexist violence and femicide.
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy is a junior research group, which is funded for a period of 5 years (01.04.2019-30.03.2024) by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Food for Justice looks into social mobilization targeted at injustices in the food system and into social and political innovations that address inequalities undermining food security such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality
Recent Presentations and Media Contributions
Winter Semester 2022/2023
- Theories of Change: Contributions from Latin America
- Struggles for hegemony in contemporary Brazil
For a Critical Sociology of Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Renata Campos Motta
Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1 69117, Heidelberg
Only with prior registration under renata.motta(at)uni-heidelberg.de