Research event

Bureaucracy matters: Organizational structure and performance in Brazil’s protected areas agency

A presentation by Gus Greenstein (Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration, University of Leiden). This event is part of the Sustainability Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Sustainability.

At this Sustainability Colloquium, Gus Greenstein (Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration, University of Leiden), presents his research on the organizational structure and performance in Brazil’s protected areas agency. Following the presentation, attendees will have the chance to discuss and ask questions. This session will be moderated by Christian Flachsland


About our Speaker

Gus Greenstein is a political scientist specializing in environmental governance, public administration, and policy studies. He recently began as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Leiden University Institute of Public Administration (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs). He received his PhD from Stanford University's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Greenstein studies policy implementation and institutional change in the context of environmental/climate policy and international development. His work on policy implementation examines how organizational structure and management practice affect the outputs and performance of public agencies, and the factors that shape agency structure and management. His work on institutional change explores the drivers of environmental policy change in national/subnational governments and international development organizations.

His completed and active projects address these themes in the context of deforestation control in Brazil, forest regulations (in global comparative perspective), the social-environmental safeguards of the World Bank, the allocation of climate finance in the World Bank, and the allocation of development finance in USAID. He is affiliated with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), where he helps lead the Biodiversity and Land Use program, and a Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project. Greenstein is a former Research Fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. 

Outside of academia, he has worked as a consultant/research analyst for the World Bank Environment Practice, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, The Brattle Group (an energy economics consulting firm), International Rivers, and Conservation Strategy Fund. As a Thomas Watson Fellow, he spent a year documenting the social-environmental impacts of large hydropower projects across South/Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Greenstein holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford and a BA in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.