Research Assistant
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, French, Portuguese, German
Areas of expertise
  • Environmental policies, Climate Change governance, and Deforestation
  • Sociology of Knowledge and Expertise
  • Sociology of Elites
  • Civil society
  • Mixed methodologies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Brazil
  • Europe


Livio Silva-Muller is a PhD candidate at the anthropology and sociology department of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. He researches the (transnational) relationships between natural sciences & scientists and climate change politics & policies, with an empirical focus on the case of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Livio holds a bachelor’s in international Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and master’s in development studies from the Graduate Institute. As a practitioner, he has gained experience working as an intern at the UN in Mozambique, a project manager at NGOs in Geneva, as well as an associate at the Environment Programme of Oak Foundation. Recently, he joined the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy in the Fall of 2020 as a research assistant, on the SNF-funded project about Elites & Inequalities led by Prof Graziella Moraes Silva.


Selected publications