Inae Santos

Inaie Santos

Affiliate Scholar (Alumni)

Inaiê Takaes Santos is a Climate Protection fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During her stay at IASS from April 2018 until February 2019, she will investigate public policy implementation challenges for the Water-Energy-Land Nexus and how to overcome them, accounting for the interplay of physical linkages with social, economic, and political aspects, by focusing on the bioenergy sector. Inaiê has concluded her bachelor degree in Economics at University of São Paulo and received her MSc at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a dissertation on "Regulatory adaption in biofuels industry". Before joining the IASS, she worked as a researcher at Fundação Getulio Vargas in projects that supported the development of climate policy instruments with different government organizations in Brazil. She also conducted stakeholder dialogues with private sector and civil society organizations, on topics such as emissions trading and climate adaptation planning.

Professional Experience

  • 2012-2017 Researcher, Center for Sustainability Studies at Fundacão Getulio Vargas (FGVces), São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2010-2011 Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil
  • 2007-2008 Internal Auditor, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, São Paulo, Brazil


  • 2010-2012 MSc in Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil
  • 2007: BA in Economics, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
  • Water-Energy-Land nexus
  • Bioenergy
  • Governance
  • Policy integration
  • Policy instruments

Publications at the RIFS

Publications prior to joining the RIFS

  • Osório, G. I. S.; Santos, I. T. (2017). Risco ou oportunidade? GV-executivo, v. 16, n. 5, pp. 32-36. Available at:
  • Sousa, L. C.; Vonortas, N. S.; Santos, I. T.; Toledo Filho, D. F. (2016). Innovation Systems of Ethanol in Brazil and the United States: Making a New Fuel Competitive. In Salles Filho et al. (eds.) Futures of Global Bioethanol: An Appraisal of Results, Risk and Uncertainties. Elsevier, pp. 93-121. Available at:
  • Osório, G. I. S.; Santos, I. T. (2016). O papel da governança para a integração da adaptação na estratégia de desenvolvimento. Cadernos Adenauer XVII, nº 2, pp. 51-68. Available at:
  • Sharan, V.; Makarov, I.; Scholtz, L.; Gulati, M; Santos, I. T. (2014). Enterprise Efficiency: Experiences of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa. In Joshi, S.; Sharan, V. (eds.) The Future of Energy. Available at:
  • Santos, I. T. (2011). Access Pricing Regulation in Brazilian Ethanol Sector: A Structural or Institutional Challenge? Proceedings of the 34th IAEE International Conference, 2011. Available at:,%20Efficiency%20and%20Evolving%20Energy%20Technologies.
  • 2018-2019: International Climate Protection Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2011: Conference grant from the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • 2010-2012: MSc Scholarship from the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP)