Marianna Fernandes Cavadini
Graduate assistant - doctoral fellow

University of Lausanne
Institute of geography and sustainability
Mouline - Géopolis 3532
CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone +41 21 692 3556

Marianna Fernandes Cavadini

Marianna is a doctoral candidate and graduate assistant at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability of the University of Lausanne, where she is part of the Environmental Humanities research group. Her PhD project mobilizes feminist theories and political ecology to investigate social reproduction in the lifecycle of Lithium, from its extraction to its disposal.

She received a MA in Anthropology and Sociology (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland) and is trained in International Relations (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). For her MA thesis, she investigated the relationship between transnational corporations and disasters in resource extraction contexts. She did so by conducting multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in territories impacted by socio-environmental conflicts related to industrial mining disasters in Brazil.

Marianna has an interdisciplinary and hands-on background, acting in the intersection between theory and practice. She has previously worked as NGO researcher and advocate on socio-economic and environmental justice in Brazil; and as a consultant to organizations dealing with labor, feminist and environmental issues in Latin America, Africa and beyond. She has also organized and facilitated multiple workshops on feminist training and participatory research. From 2019 to 2020, she was a member of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Global Working Group on feminism and the future of work, notably investigating the digital economy from a feminist perspective.