Dr. Marjo E.M. de Theije

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afd. sociale en culturele antropologie )
Associate professor

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Brazil, Suriname, Amazon, gold, migration, gold rush, Brazilians in Suriname, mining, small scale mining, maroons, Aluku, Ndjuka, Lawa, development, sustainable development, religion, Catholicism, north east Brazil, social movements, gender and religion.




Master's thesis in SCA (Graduate Seminar part) (MSc SCA)

Field Research Design (MSc SCA)

Board memberships and management tasks 2016/2017

  • Examination Board MSc SCA en BSc CAO
  • Admission Committee MSc SCA BSc CAO


Marjo de Theije is Associate professor at the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and project leader of the Wotro (CoCooN) funded GOMIAM project at CEDLA (www.cedla.nl). She received her PhD in Social Sciences at Utrecht University in 1999 and was attached to the Federal University of Pernambuco as visiting professor in 2001-2.

She has worked on (transnational) religion, social movements, and migration, in Brazil and Suriname. Currently she directs the GOMIAM project, that focusses on the cultural, social, economic, and environmental aspects of small scale gold mining in the Amazon. Over 20 researchers from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Surinam, France and the Netherlands collaborate in the knowledge production and contribution to evidence-based policy responses to the negative impacts of small-scale gold mining (see: www.gomiam.org).

Marjo de Theije also has extended experience in building academic cooperation with South American research groups, as evidenced by the University wide Centro Paulo Freire she directs at the VUA, two CAPES-Nuffic programs she coordinates (one at VUA, one at CEDLA), and a Twinning project (UTSN) with the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

Selected academic activities:

2012- Member of committee r4D Social Conflicts (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development), budget 20m SF, to select and evaluate the projects (for 6 years).

2012- Academic director of Centro Paulo Freire, the VU Academic Network with Brazilian universities (previously Paulo Freire Program, since 2002).

2012- Coordinator of CAPES-Nuffic program Formal and Informal Practices of Natural Resource use and management in the Amazon, in collaboration with NAEA/UFPA (Belem, Brazil).

2011- Program director of the GOMIAM project on small-scale gold mining in the Amazon region, in the CoCooN program of WOTRO.

Board member Latin American Studies Program (LASP)

Member executive board of the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA)




Publications (Source: METIS VU)



Ancillary activities

Solidaridad - Advisor Utrecht, 30 december 2016
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017