UNESCO Chair in territorial development and education for the Countryside (853), established in 2009 at the Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP) (Brazil).


Territorial development and education for the countryside.


The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of Territorial development and education for the countryside. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in other regions of the world.

The overall objectives of the Chair are to:

  • Develop a sustainable relationship between the international academic community and rural social movements representing peasant communities through the sponsorship and administration of meetings, conferences, courses, and publications; 
  • Promote geography, history, anthropology, pedagogy, sociology, agricultural engineering, veterinary sciences, geosciences, and the use of new technologies for a better quality of life.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Office in Brasilia


Prof. Dr. Bernardo Mançano Fernandes
E-mail - bmfunesp(at)
Work phone - 55 - 18-3229.5375
Address - UNESP
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geografia
Street - Rua Roberto Simonsen,306
Postal Code : 19060-900-

City - São Paulo
Country - Brazil