Gustavo Azenha is Associate Director at the Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, with an interdisciplinary background in the natural and social sciences (sociocultural anthropology). His expertise centers on the role of civil society in policy processes in Latin America, including environmental, health, and technology policies and the links between these and socioeconomic issues. His dissertation focused on the political ecology of sustainable development in Brazil, through research on the conflicts between indigenous/traditional resource use, environmental conservation, and economic development. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research on globalization and new technologies, with a specific emphasis on “digital inclusion” policies and programs in Brazil.