EBI Personnel Directory Oliveira de Aguiar, Rayane
Rayane Oliveira de Aguiar
Rayane Aguiar is a Brazilian attorney who received her law degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco, one of the first law schools in Brazil, which is currently ranked among the top ten law schools in the country. During law school, she spent almost two years at the Public Prosecution Office specializing in workers’ collective rights protection. In particular, she fought for enforcement of Brazilian labor laws to stop labor violations, such as those experienced by people working under conditions analogous to slavery in some sugarcane industries in the State of Pernambuco. This experience embedded in her a deep interest in social problems and how law and policy can address those issues. She currently serves as a Research Associate at the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute, where she examines which government policies and industry programs are available to assist the Brazilian bioenergy industry in its goal to develop and implement sustainability criteria, such as extension and outreach capabilities, into its production chain. From this analysis, she develops model policy frameworks to address regulatory shortfalls and technology transfer, with the ultimate goal of narrowing knowledge gaps between small farmers and industrial-scale producers.
This project applies systems thinking in its quest for new policy approaches to more timely and effective commercialization of biofuels and bioenergy. Law as a discipline has been slow to conceive conceptual frameworks for policymaking that incorporate the complex interaction between social, environmental, political and economic institutions. The project thus pursues such development within the institution of Law from both ex-post and ex-ante perspectives. Simultaneously, it focuses on the myriad individual components of systems-level challenges and solutions both in the U.S. and abroad, such as policies that address the food-fuel resource scarcity debate, and biofuels sustainability standard development and incorporation of sustainability principles into the supply chain (started in 2012).
Brazil is the world's largest producer and exporter of sugar, putting the country at the frontier of global biofuel production. The project aims to: (i) develop spatial management plans that maximize economic efficiencies in sugarcane production and processing while meeting the Forest Code, ZAE-Cana, and voluntary certification standards; and, (ii) compare and contrast different management plans to elucidate the tradeoffs between sugarcane production, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services production at the landscape level.