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Joel Correia - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Joel Correia Joel Correia

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Joel E. Correia is a human-environment geographer at the Center for Latin American Studies.


Joel E. Correia is a human-environment geographer researching the intersections of human rights, development, and environmental change in Latin America, with particular attention to the Gran Chaco.

Areas of Expertise (9)


Development (export commodities & infrastructure)

Environmental Justice

Gran Chaco

Human Rights

Indigenous Rights

Land Tenure Conflicts

Latin America



Articles (4)

A political ecology of jurisdictional REDD+: investigating social-environmentalism, climate change mitigation, and environmental (in) justice in the Brazilian Amazon

Journal of Political Ecology

Marcelo Santos Rocha da Silva and Joel Correia


This article contributes to political ecologies of forest-based climate change mitigation strategies by assessing Brazil's first sub-national jurisdictional REDD+ program. Proponents of jurisdictional REDD+ argue that the approach brings more social and environmental benefits than small-scale REDD+ projects and addresses negative socio-economic impacts of deforestation pressures on forest-dependent communities. Our analysis tells a different story.

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Between Flood and Drought: Environmental Racism, Settler Waterscapes, and Indigenous Water Justice in South America’s Chaco

Annals of the American Association of Geographers

Joel E. Correia


This article advances a novel approach to investigating geographies of settler colonialism and environmental justice through a critical physical geography (CPG) of water scarcity in the South American Chaco. Drawing from multimethod research conducted in collaboration with Enxet and Sanapaná communities in Paraguay, I evaluate how waterscape change produces social vulnerability with a focus on Indigenous access to safe drinking water.

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Waste colonialism and metabolic flows in island territories

Journal of Political Ecology

Mélissa Manglou, et. al


Islands are tightly connected to globalized material flows, with specific constraints and vulnerabilities. They are not closed metabolic loops of consumption, production and waste, favorable to the circular economy. Small islands allow the observation of the material outcomes of circulation, from overflowing dumpsites to marine debris washing up on the shore.

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Reworking recognition: Indigeneity, land rights, and the dialectics of disruption in Paraguay’s Chaco


Joel E. Correia


This paper discusses the limits of recognition by investigating the politics of Indigenous rights in Paraguay. The “multicultural turn” of the 1980s–1990s promised to disrupt historical patterns of Indigenous dispossession through land titling initiatives across the Americas, yet as this case shows, recognition comes without guarantees.

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