Pathways to Social and Economic Welfare: considering affirmative action policies in Brazil
In recent years, the federal and state governments in Brazil have implemented affirmative action policies to reduce pervasive racial discrimination and inequalities. These policies, otherwise known as ‘positive discrimination’ or ‘positive action’, have been designed to increase the admission of AfroBrazilians in public universities and to increase employment opportunities in the public sector. Although AfroBrazilians account for one half of the population, there have been substantial disparities in opportunities. Yet public policy efforts have not been without controversy.
Our workshop brings together academics and government officials to dive deeper into understanding the consequences of affirmative action policies in Brazil. We will take up several critical tasks related to forwarding greater economic development, social welfare, and equality in Brazil: first, to understand the sources of public support or opposition toward affirmative action programmes; second, to feed back and inform policymakers on the aspects of the programme that are successful; and, third, to inform policymakers of potential pathways for revision where needed.
For this workshop, we seek Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from both Brazil and the UK with interest in the study of affirmative action in Brazil or more generally. We seek a wide range of scholars in disciplines including political science and public policy, sociology, education, economics, international development, human rights, and more. ECRs are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience, with consideration for career breaks. Participants must hold a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship, etc.) at a recognized institution either in the UK or in Brazil. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the generous support of the British Council and the FAPDF (Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Distrito Federal) Researcher Links programme.