Torkjell Leira

Seniorrådgiver - Climate House, NHM
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Room +47 41405097
Visiting address Second floor of the barracks
Postal address Postboks 1172 0318 Oslo


  • Cand. Polit. Human Geography, University of Oslo, 2001
  • Project coordinator in Brazil, the Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG), 2002-2003
  • Project coordinator / adviser Amazon region, Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), 2005-2011
  • Author and lecturer. Themes: Brazil, the Amazon region, indigenous peoples and the environment

Fields of competence

  • Biodiversity, climate change and deforestation in the Amazon
  • The geography, politics, economy and modern history of Brazil
  • Brazilian environmental and developmental policies
  • Climate change, REDD+ and the Brazilian Amazon Fund
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Human rights
Tags: Amazon, Biodiversity, Brazil, Climate change, Deforestation, Indigenous peoples, Human rights, Project management, Rainforest, REDD+


  • Brazil – The Giant Awakens. Non-fiction, documentary book about the transformations in Brazilian society in the 2000’s. Published in Norwegian by Aschehoug, spring 2014.
  • Human rights and resource conflicts in the Amazon. Report commissioned by Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), fall 2013. Published in English spring 2014.
  • Brazil (in Norwegian only). Chapters about the country in the biannual Latin America yearbook 2012, 2010, 2006, 2002 and 2000. Published by the Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG).
  • Brazilian Imperialism in the Amazon? (in Norwegian only) Paper about the Brazilian economic and political expansion in the South America, published in the Norwegian journal Internasjonal Politikk 2/2011.
  • A new political force in Brazil? Analysis about the Brazilian environmental movement, Marina Silva and the 2010 presidential elections.
  • 250+ posts about Brazil and the Amazon on the blog BrasiLeira
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