Brazil Coordinator, WRI Brasil
Lara is the Cities4Forests Brazil Coordinator, working with WRI Brasil’s Urban Development team. Lara is the focal point for engagement with Cities4Forests’ nine Brazilian cities: Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Macapá, Palmas, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Salvador, São Luís, and São Paulo.
She has been working in the follow-up and training for the elaboration of Master, Metropolitan and Mobility Plans, as well as projects related to active mobility, social housing, energy efficiency and air quality. She also works with research and development of knowledge products on topics related to her area of expertise.
Prior to joining the team, Lara worked at Metroplan, which is the State Transportation Department at Rio Grande do Sul. Her work involved projects for the implementation of the Subway Transportation and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the city of Porto Alegre.
She holds a master’s degree in Geography from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with an emphasis on urban geography and territorial analysis. In her master’s degree, she developed the dissertation “Urban Mobility: Public Policies and Space Appropriation in Brazilian Cities”, which deals with the relationship between transport policies and urban space appropriations. She graduated in Geography, also from UFRGS, where she developed research on urban space production, social segregation and socio-spatial impact analysis.