Daniela Manhani Mattos is a professor of practice and coordinator of the UNL-GPIDEA Community Development Program at the Department of Agricultural Economics. In general, the courses she teaches investigate the economic and social theories relevant to understand rural communities and the issues and problems they face. They also provide the economic basis to understand the public decision-making process and the skills necessary for constructive participation in community affairs. Manhani Mattos research broadly addresses questions of how rural communities are affected by economic, technological, and social change in the broad society. Her recent projects have focused on analyzing changes in the land market and its effects on rural communities; economic and social benefits generated by elderly in small communities, and the evaluation of rural development policies.