Abdenur, Adriana Erthal

Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)

  • Adriana Erthal Abdenur

    Research Interests

    • Climate-security
    • Conflict Prevention
    • Environmental Crime
    • Gender
    • Peace and security
    • Peacebuilding
    • South-South social cooperation


    • Doctorate in Development Sociology - Princeton University
    • Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies - Harvard University

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a Brazilian social scientist and policy expert. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ, an independent, women-led institute based in Brazil and dedicated to issues of climate, governance and peace in Latin America and across the Global South. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris, where she teaches on climate and security in the Amazon basin. At UNU-CPR, her work focuses on building a roadmap towards a Global Forest Convention and other innovations in climate governance.

    Dr Abdenur is currently serving a second term in the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy (CDP). She is also a member of the Climate Governance Commission, the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks (created to provide input to the UN system on climate and security), and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Weathering Risk initiative.

    She has published widely on the UN system, South-South cooperation, and peacebuilding. In addition to regularly writing for media publications, she has published articles in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Global Governance, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Peacekeeping, Third World Quarterly, IDS Bulletin, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Africa Review, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She is co-author of the book India China: Rethinking Borders and Security (University of Michigan, 2016), and co-editor of Climate and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean (2019) and Emerging Powers at the UN (Routledge, 2015).  She has previously taught international affairs and development at the New School and Columbia University. She is also among the founding coordinators of Amassuru, a network of 400 Latin American and Caribbean women working in security, defence and peacebuilding.

    Dr Abdenur earned her Doctorate from Princeton University and her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and is the mother of two.