Hugo Rosa da Conceicao

Research themes
  • Governance
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Development Politics
  • Politics & Democracy
  • Governance, conflicts and natural resources
Research countries
  • Brazil
  • Peru
Research projects

Shaping environmental policies for sustainable tropical forest bioeconomies

Professional experience

The World Bank - Junior Professional Associate - Sustainable Developed Department (2007-2009)


B.A. International Relations - University of Brasilia

M.Sc. Environmental Governance - University of Freiburg

Funding institutions

Robert Bosch Foundation

Research partners

GIZ Peru

GIZ Acre

Thesis title

Determinants of incentive-based forest governance in the Amazon: evidence from Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru

Thesis abstract

Command-and-control policies have been increasingly seen as insufficient to tackle the high rates of deforestation present in the Amazon region. In recent years, academics and policy-makers have identified incentive-based policies, such as payments for environmental services, as attractive alternatives to curb forest loss, while also potentially contributing to poverty reduction of forest-dwelling populations. Many of the recommendations of researchers on how to formulate effective incentive-based policies have, however, not found much resonance within policy circles. To understand the gaps between recommendations and practice, it is important to find out how the composition of political forces and opportunities that led to the adoption of incentive-based forest conservation schemes is reflected in the orientation of their design, towards environmental and non-environmental outcomes. In order to carry out this task, we seek to understand the governance dynamics of three cases in the Amazon region, in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, through a theoretical framework based on public policy theories, specifically on agenda-setting and policy instruments design. The research project aims not only at a detailed understanding of the governance dynamics of the cases, but also at shedding light on the broader debate on environmental policy instruments design.

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Dr. Jan Börner


Rosa da Conceicao, Hugo; Jung, Sebastian. 2017. Transferencias condicionadas de recursos como políticas basadas en incentivos – Conceptos y recomendaciones para el Programa Bosques. Nota Técnica 19. Proyecto CBC-GIZ Peru. Further Information


Rosa da Conceição, H., J. Börner and S. Wunder. 2015. Why were upscaled incentive programs for forest conservation adopted? Comparing policy choices in Brazil, Ecuador,and Peru. Ecosystem Services, Http://


Rosa da Conceicao, Hugo. 2014. Conditional Cash Transfer in the context of social welfare and environmental incentive based public policies. Nota Técnica 14. Proyecto CBC-GIZ Peru.. Further Information

Hugo Rosa da Conceicao

Junior Researcher



ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change