Research professor at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV EAESP and FGV EBAPE). He is also a collaborating professor at the University of Fudan (China) and Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (UASB, Ecuador). He was Assistant Director and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Sustainability at the United Nations University (UNU-IAS) in Japan (2009-2015). He has over 20 years of experience in universities, companies, think-tanks, and government and international bodies in research, teaching, training and academic management. He has worked in more than 20 countries on all continents. His research is multi and interdisciplinary, especially in the field of applied social sciences and its connections with the natural sciences and engineering, spanning several areas of knowledge, such as planning, public and business administration, management, environmental policy, development studies, governance and urban studies. His current work focuses on the political economy of sustainable development, particularly in aspects related to governance, institution building and development and public policy implementation at various levels. Research about how global institutions are interrelated to local governance, and vice versa. Mainly works with empirical and practice-oriented research (policy-oriented) analyzing quantitatively and qualitatively governance involving different types of socio-economic actors (e.g. governments, international organizations, NGOs and companies), economic sectors (e.g. industrial sectors) and scales (international, regional, national and local). He was a research and teaching assistant at MIT, an adjunct professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV-RJ), a research professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) with a Marie Curie scholarship from the European Commission and professor (Lecturer) at University College London (UCL), where he was co-director of the Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development. He has coordinated several research projects and published more than ten books and dozens of articles in national and international academic journals. He is an ad hoc evaluator-reviewer and member of several editorial boards of magazines and institutions in Brazil and abroad, and is editor-in-chief of the periodical Public Administration and Development (Wiley). Graduated in Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Master in Regional and Environmental Planning from the University of Hokkaido, Japan and PhD in Planning from MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.