I am a geographer and economist interested in economic, land use, and demographic change in Brazil's Amazon and cerrado regions.  I have been working in Brazil since 2007 on projects related to Brazil's agricultural boom. 
I am presently employed as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University, where I am working on projects related to agricultural expansion, urban demographic change and development, and the resurgence of unregulated, wildcat "garimpagem" gold mining in the central Amazon.  I am affiliated with both an Environmental Change Initiative and a Demography Center here at Brown.    My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The North American Regional Science Association,  the Inter-American Foundation, The Fulbright Program, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Geographic Society.

My contact info

email:  peter_richards@brown.edu   mailing68 Waterman St.,  Brown University, Providence, RI 02912