Speakers & Moderators


Osmany Porto de Oliveira
osmanyHe is a professor of International Relations at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and permanent researcher of CEBRAP. Conducted post-doctorate in Public Policy and Management at the University of São Paulo (USP), where he developed an analysis about the international diffusion of Brazilian policies in the sectors of housing and food security, in comparative perspective. He has two doctorates in Political Science – USP (2013) and Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle / IHEAL (2015). Received in 2013 the “Prêmio Jóven Investigador” of the European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL), for his article “The ‘tipping-point’ to the mass dissemination: Mechanisms of internationalization of the Participatory Budget” awarded by the University Fernando Pessoa in the city Porto in Portugal. He was affiliated researcher at the Institute of Peruvian Studies in Lima. His main areas of study are democracy studies, public policy and international relations. It has field research experience in several countries: South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, United States, France, Mozambique, Peru and Senegal.

Angela Alonso
Foto_AngelaAlonso.2Professor of the Sociology Department of the University of São Paulo, CEBRAP’s researcher and fellow Research Productivity of CNPq . Master (1995) and PhD (2000) in Sociology at the University of São Paulo, Post- Doctorate at Yale University (2009-2010). Between 2000 and 2010 was a researcher at the Development Research Centre on Citizenship (University of Sussex) and between 2009 and 2010, a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the author of “Moving Ideas: Generation 1870 in Brazil – Empire Crisis” (Paz & Terra/Anpocs 2002; CNPq – Anpocs award 2000 for best PhD in Social Sciences) ; and “Joaquim Nabuco : the halls and the streets (Companhia das letras, 2007; nominated for the Jabuti awards and Telecom Brazil – Portugal Literature). Currently researching the movement for the abolition of slavery in Brazil.

Kurt Weyland
Kurt WeylandProfessor Weyland’s research interests focus on democratization and authoritarian rule, on social policy and policy diffusion, and on populism in Latin America and Europe. He has drawn on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including insights from cognitive psychology, and has done extensive field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, and Venezuela. After receiving a Staatsexamen from Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz in 1984, a M.A. from UT in 1986, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991, he taught for ten years at Vanderbilt University and joined UT in 2001. He has received research support from the SSRC and NEH and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in 1999/2000 and at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, in 2004/05. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Associate Editor of the Latin American Research Review. He is the author of Democracy without Equity: Failures of Reform in Brazil (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela (Princeton University Press, 2002), Bounded Rationality and Policy Diffusion: Social Sector Reform in Latin America (Princeton University Press, 2007), several book chapters, and many articles in journals such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, and Political Research Quarterly. He has also (co-)edited two volumes, namely Learning from Foreign Models in Latin American Policy Reform (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2004) and, together with Wendy Hunter and Raul Madrid, Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His latest book, Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since the Revolutions of 1848, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Cecilia Osorio Gonnet
Cecilia Osorio Gonnet (1)PhD in Political and Social Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. MSc  Social  Policy  and  Planning  in Developing  Countries, London School  of  Economics  and  Political Science. Political scientist and lecturer in History, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He currently serves as Director of the School of Political Science and International Relations and Academic Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado. His research and teaching are public policies , social policies, dissemination of public policies, citizen participation and knowledge , ideas and public policy.

David Dolowitz

Obtained his PhD in Government and Politics University of Strathclyde – Lord Bryce Prize in Comparative and International Politics. Is Reader at the University of Liverpool and currently head of Research for the Department of Politics and a member of the Schools Peer Review Team. He is also involved in two research projects. One project involves the examination of how and why stormwater management policies and techniques move from (or not) Europe to the United States and move from one jurisdiction to another within the US. The second project concerns the resistance techniques that ‘weaker’ countries utilise when ‘forced’ to engage in policy adaptation by stronger political entities – such as the EU or international lending agencies. Is author of Policy Transfer and British Social Policy: Learning from the USA (Buckingham: Open University, 2000) and published with David Marsh, ‘The Future of Policy Transfer Research’, Political Studies Review, (2012)12:3, 339-345.

Cristiane Kerches da Silva Leite
Foto_CristianeKerchesBachelor in Economics from the University of São Paulo (1996), master and PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (2000 and 2006 respectively). Professor in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Public Policy Management School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo (EACH / USP). It has experience in Policy and Public Policy Science, acting on the following topics: public policy; political institutions; decision-making; federative relations and public policy indicators. It is a leader (with Ursula Dias Peres ) research group registered in the CNPq and certified by USP ” Social Policies in Latin America” and is currently developing research on formulation, dissemination and implementation of income transfer policies .

Carlos Aurélio Pimenta de Faria
pimenta de fariaGraduated in History from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1990), master’s degree in Political Science from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro – IUPERJ (1992) and PhD in Political Science from IUPERJ (1997). It was a visiting researcher at the University of Umea in Sweden, where he served part of his doctoral research. He is currently Professor of the Graduate Program in Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Minas Gerais.

Lectures and research in the field of public policies, with an emphasis on institutional analysis, social policy, foreign policy and metropolitan management. It Researcher CNPq and FAPEMIG (Mineiro Researcher). It is the coordinator of the thematic area State and Public Policies ABCP (Brazilian Association of Political Science). Associate researcher CEGOV-UFRGS (International Studies Centre Government of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and RIPPERP (Inter Research Network Foreign Policy & Political Regime). Ad hoc consultant for CAPES, CNPq and FAPEMIG.

Ester Solano
Esther SolanoPhD in Social Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madri. International Relations professor at the Federal University of São Paulo and Master International Contemporary Studies Interuniversity Latin America Complutense University of Madrid. Co-author of the book “Mascarados. “A verdadeira história dos adeptos da tática Black Bloc”. (Geração Editorial, 2014). Currently researching the socio-political dynamics of the pro and anti-impeachment protests.

Leslie Pal
LesliePalLeslie’s BA, Joint Honours in Political Science and Sociology (Mount Allison University, Canada), MA in Political Science (Queen’s University, Canada) and PhD in Political Science (Queen’s University, Canada).

Leslie´s research uniquely engages public administration and public policy from both a rich theoretical as well as practical perspective. Currently he is working on global public policy networks around public sector reform, focusing specifically on the role of international organizations.

Jennifer Constantine
Jennifer_ConstantineJennifer Constantine is an independent research consultant affiliated to the Institute of Development Studies, where she works with the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development as a policy engagement and network development specialist. Her research focuses on multidirectional policy learning and knowledge politics, exploring the rapid rise of countries such as the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in the changing politics of global development; examining what are the opportunities for mutual learning, and the implications for traditional and emerging development donors. Other research includes the transfer/diffusion of health and social development policy; South-South Cooperation and Triangular Development Cooperation.  Jennifer is a member of the DFID-funded Rising Powers in International Development programme (est. 2012); coordinator of the Future International Cooperation Policy Network Secretariat; and co-convenor of the IDS-Sussex Brazil Group. Before joining the RPID programme/CRPD, Jennifer worked on the IDS BRICS Initiative (2011-2012) and the IDS Development Studies Learning Partnership (2012-2014).

Jennifer is a Brazilian-British national of Armenian and British origin. She did her undergraduate degree at King’s College London and the Masters in Development Studies at IDS, University of Sussex (2010-2011). She was based in Mozambique from 2006-2010, working for the European Commission and subsequently for the UN World Food Programme. She has carried out a number of consultancies in international development for governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector in Europe, Latin America, and Southern Africa. Jennifer is the IDS Alumni Ambassador for the UK.

Patrick Hassenteufel
HassenteufelPatrick Hassenteufel is professor of Political science at the Unversity of Versailles and Sciences Po Saint-Germain. His main research field is comparative health policy, he also works more generally on the transformation of European Welfare States and on actor-centered policy analysis. He published in several international (Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Politics, Social Policy and Administration, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Comparative European Politics, Policy and Administration…), French (Revue Française de Science Politique, Revue Internationale de Politique comparée, Politix, Revue Française des Affaires sociales) and German (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform) journals. He is the author of a handbook on policy analysis (Sociologie politique : l’action publique, 2011) and the co-editor in chief of the only French speaking political science journal specialized in public policy and public administration analysis (Gouvernement et action publique).

Melissa Pomeroy
Foto_MelissaPomeroyBA in International Relations from the Catholic University of São Paulo, an expert in Participation and Sustainable Development from the University Autonoma de Barcelona and Master and PhD in Political Science from the same university. More than ten years of experience in citizen participation, evaluation, public policy and international cooperation as a researcher and manager in the spheres of government local and federal, civil society, international institutions and university. Six years international work experience. In 2011, he collaborated in the Central Foundation Studies and Articulation of South-South Cooperation, which is now Coordinator Programs and editor of the Centre Brazil and South (obs.org.br). Network member of Southern Think Tanks, which discusses the measurement and evaluation of cooperation South-South. It has papers accepted / published in national journals and foreign.

Ryan Centner
Foto_RyanCentnerAssistant Professor of Urban Geography Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. Before joining LSE he was Assistant Professor at Tufts University, near Boston, 2008-2013, where he lectured and advised in Sociology, International Relations, Urban & Environmental Planning, and Latin American Studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript about neighbourhood redevelopment amidst IMF-inspired reforms in Buenos Aires, where he completed more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork. He has authored several articles and is engaged in ongoing projects that investigate urban social change, transformation of the built environment, and their connections to larger political struggles – from Latin America (especially Argentina and Brazil) to the Middle East and Southern Europe (especially Turkey). He is active in the American Sociological Association and numerous scholarly groups related to global urban studies. He was one of the co-founders of the Transnational Studies Working Group at Tufts University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2008

Kurt Eberhart Von Mettenheim
kurt von mGraduated in Philosophy – University of Washington (1979), master’s degree in Masters of International Affairs – Columbia University (1982) and a PhD in Political Science – Columbia University (1989) .

Currently a member – International Political Science Association and an adjunct professor at the Getulio Vargas – SP. It has experience in Political Science, with an emphasis on State Transformation and Public Policy.

Gabriela De Brelaz

Graduated in Business Administration from EAESP – Fundação Getulio Vargas (2000) . Has master’s degree (2007 ) and PhD ( 2012) in Public Administration and Government at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She teaches at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP ) in the Paulista School of Policy , Economics and Business ( Eppen ) where she teaches Social Management , Organizational Theory and Management Fundamentals. Developed research on civil society organizations and their influence on public policy in comparative context ( Brazil and the United States ) and the process of institutionalization of participation in the Municipality of São Paulo ( an analysis of the public hearings of the 1990 budget to 2010 ). Currently developing research on civil society organizations, budget, social control, participation and use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies.

Alex Shankland
Alex_ShanklandSocial scientist with over two decades’ experience of working in Brazil, Peru, Angola and Mozambique as a researcher, NGO manager and social development consultant. He has researched, taught and published extensively on rights, participation and policy, particularly in the health sector, and his doctoral thesis was on representation and health policy in the Brazilian Amazon. His current research interests centre on theories and practices of democratic representation and citizen-state engagement, with particular reference to the political strategies of indigenous peoples and other marginalised minorities engaging with development and climate change policies. Formerly the Research Manager for the Development Research Centre on CitizenshipParticipation and Accountability, Alex was appointed as a Research Fellow in June 2010. He works on the Unruly Politics and Participation Power and Politics research themes, and is engaged in ongoing research on citizen action, local governance, health system reform and the political economy of climate change in Brazil, Mexico, India, Mozambique and Angola, as well as on the role of Brazil and other emerging powers in reshaping international development.

enilson Bandeira CoêlhoDenilson_CoelhoAssociate Professor of Political Science Institute of the University of Brasilia. It operates in the areas of concentration State and Government and Public Policy with emphasis on intergovernmental relations issues, decision-making analysis and dissemination of public policies.It also operates in the evaluation of research projects of social programs and institutional analysis. Currently developing comparative studies on the diffusion of new models of public policies in Brazil and Latin America.

Sérgio Montero
SergioAssistant Professor of Urban and Regional Development at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He is based at CIDER, an interdisciplinary research center for the study of development. His interests are in urban politics and governance, comparative global urbanism, and local and regional economic development, with an emphasis on Latin America. Sergio is currently working on two research projects. The first is on the politics and governance dynamics behind the global circulation of urban sustainability policies and “best practices.” More specifically, he is interested in the local and transnational actors, networks and agendas behind the construction of two urban policies from Bogotá, Colombia –Ciclovía and Transmilenio- as international “best practices” in urban sustainable transportation and the different ways in which they were mobilized  in Guadalajara (Mexico) and San Francisco (California). The second research project, in collaboration with researchers at UC Berkeley and Deusto-Orkestra and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), examines the relationship between governance networks and local economic development in Latin America. At Universidad de Los Andes he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of urban planning and development, urban governance and politics, and local and regional economic development. At UC Berkeley, he has been graduate student instructor of upper-level undergraduate courses in urban theory and international development. During the summer of 2014, he co-led a graduate studio workshop  in Guatemala that trained nine UC Berkeley graduate students on qualitative methods to study governance and local economic development. He has also been a lecturer in international development at ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (Mexico). Sergio has also worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, UC Berkeley’s Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy and the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD). His research has been funded by different organizations including Fundación La Caixa, the Social Sciences Research Council, the UC Pacific Rim Research Program and the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Vanessa Rodrigues de Macedo
Foto_VanessaRodriguesVanessa Macedo is a journalist and political science PhD candidate for the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (IESP/Uerj). She received her M.A in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she conducted research on the new actors within Brazilian foreign policy.
For her current research project, she aims to develop a comparative study on the emergence of transparency norms and policies in Brazil and Mexico, as well as the dissemination of Freedom of Information Laws in these countries. In the fall of 2015 she was research fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, in Washington DC, where she conducted part of the fieldwork.
Macedo is an Information Coordinator at the Brazilian National Research and Education Network (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa- RNP), a quasi non-governmental organization that promotes Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for universities and the government. In this function, she has undertaken projects in relation to government policy towards transparency and access to open data.
She was a journalist for the O Globo newspaper in Brazil between 2000 and 2003, and her topics of interest include: democracy, accountability, transparency, freedom of information, international norms and foreign policy.

Gabriel Silvestre
gabrielsilvestre (1)Gabriel Silvestre is a visiting lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Westminster and a PhD candidate in Urban Planning at University College London.

His research interests include the areas of urban politics, the policy process and the circulation of policy knowledge.

Filomena Siqueira e Silva

BA in International Relations from the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing – ESPM (2011 ), Master in Public Administration and Government by the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and PhD student in Public Administration and Government at the same institution .

She is currently researcher at the NGO Ação Educativa (Educative Action), developing projects and analysis in public policy in the field of education internationally.

Nordin Lazreg
Foto_Nordin LazregHe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Université de Montréal (UdeM). He holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from SciencesPo Paris. He is a member of the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance (CCCG-Montréal), the Research Center on Public Policies and Social Development (CPDS-Montréal), the Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC-Paris), and the Latin American Studies Network of Montreal (RÉLAM).He focuses on public security policies and urban violence in Latin and Central America. More specifically, his dissertation deals withthe construction of citizen security (seguridad ciudadana) as a new paradigm at the transnational level since the beginning of the 1990s. This research question leads him to examine the role of international organizations (the UNDP and some Washington-based institutions such as the IADB, the WB and the PAHO) in that long-term process and how these institutions changed the definition of the problem to make legitimate their involvement with an issue that is initially not part of their mission and agenda. In his research, he also examines the role of some Chilean actors in this global policy process.

Gustavo Macedo
Gustavo Macedo

PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of São Paulo.

Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and ISA’s Additional. Representative at the United Nations/ECOSOC (2014-2015).

Karen Fernandez Costa

PhD in Political Science from the University of Campinas – Unicamp (2011) and Assistant Professor of International Relations course at the Federal University of São Paulo (Paulista School of Politics, Economics and Business – UNIFESP – Osasco campus). She has experience in Political Science and International Relations, acting on the following topics: Policy Development , International Political Economy , and State Structure Transformation, Specific Government Institutions , International Relations Theory .

Fernando Santomauro
Foto_FernandoSantomauroGraduated in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (2001), degree in Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo (2000), visiting master researcher of the Programme Doctoral International – Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (2006) and MA in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (2007) and a PhD in International Relations Program at San Tiago Dantas (Unesp, Unicamp and PUC-SP), from 2011 to 2015. He was a fellow sandwich doctorate Capes / Fulbright and visiting scholar at Montclair State University (USA) in the period 2013-2014. He was an advisor of international relations at City of São Paulo (2002-2005), Belo Horizonte (2007), Professor of History of the Faculty International Relations Santa Marcelina (São Paulo), 2012-2014 and is currently Coordinator for International Relations of the City Hall city of Guarulhos. He has experience in the area of History, Social Sciences and International Relations with emphasis on France and the United States in Brazil. He is a member of Center for Research in History, Politics and Culture at PUC-SP (POLITHICULT) and the Reflection Group on International Relations (GR-RI).

Marcos Aurélio Lopes Filho

BA in International Relations from the Universidade Estadual Paulista  (UNESP) , a specialist in international cooperation and research for development, working since 2011 as Advisor of International Humanitarian Cooperation Programmes in ONU for Food and Agriculture (FAO), working with the general-cordenation of International Actions Against Hunger of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the management of the Brazilian humanitarian cooperation. He operates mainly in the articulation of Governments , International Organizations and Civil Society Organizations in the implementation of public policies for rural development, social protection, productive inclusion , access to markets and services, especially in protracted crises contexts. He previously held functions relating to humanitarian cooperation in the High Commissioner of the United Nations to Refugio and Brazilian Red Cross .

Danilo Marcondes
Danilo Marcondes FotoDanilo Marcondes is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Danilo holds a master’s and a BA from the Institute of International Relations (IRI/PUC-Rio) and was a lecturer at IRI/PUC-Rio between 2010 and 2012. Danilo worked at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and at the Fulbright Comission/EducationUSA office in Rio de Janeiro. Danilo has recently published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Africa Review, SUR and Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional. His research interests include: Brazilian foreign policy, South-South cooperation, Lusophone Africa and rising powers.

Luciano Jurcovichi
luciano jurcovichiHe has degree in History from the University of São Paulo – USP. As a teacher he taught in public and private schools in Osasco. He was Secretary of Services in Osasco between April 2008 and March 2009, he also was the Mayor’s Chief of Staff between March and December 2009, and again Secretary of Services between December 2009 and February 2011. He currently assumed the Secretariat of Culture of Osasco in February 2011.


Vera Schattan Coelho
Foto_VeraCoelhoCoordinator of the project “Combating inequality in the provision of health services: comparing political strategies”. Graduated in Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas (1981), master’s degree in sociology from the State University of Campinas (1985) and PhD in Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) (1996). It is currently a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) where he also coordinates the Citizenship and Development Center. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Torquato di Tella (Argentina, 2000), the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University, gathered Kingdom (2004) and the Hauser Center Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA (2009). It has extensive experience in the evaluation of policies and coordination of comparative projects. His areas of interest are Public Policy, Health Policy, Social Participation, Deliberation, Social Policy, State of Welfare, Democracy and Development. Recently edited Mobilizing for Democracy (with Bettina von Lieres, Zed Books, London 2010); Novos Espaços Democráticos: Perspectivas Internacionais (eds Andrea Cornwall, Editora Singular, São Paulo); New Democratic Spaces? The Politics of Participation in New Democratic Arenas (Andrea Cornwall eds, Zed Books – London 2006.); Participação e Deliberação no Brasil Contemporâneo (with Mark Noble eds, Publisher 34 SP 2004.); Reforma da Previdência Social na América Latina (FGV RJ 2003).

Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques
Foto_EduardoMarques2Graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1987), specialization in public health from ENSP/FIOCRUZ (1989), master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1993) and PhD in Social Sciences at State University of Campinas (1998). He is associate professor of the Department of Science Policy and USP researcher and deputy director of the Metropolitan Studies Center (Cepid/FAPESP). He is currently Chairman of the RC-21 – International Sociological Association (2014/2018), the trustee FURS – Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies ( England) , Estratético Conseho member of Urban Sciences Po School and deputy special advisor to FAPESP. He was director of the Metropolitan Studies Centre, coordinator of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Metropolitan Studies (INCT / CEM – CNPq), deputy secretary of the Brazilian Political Science Association and coordinator of the Summer School IPSA / USP in Technical and Methods research in Political Science and International Relations.

Debora Alves Maciel

Professor of Social Sciences Course at UNIFESP ( Federal University of São Paulo ). Graduated in History from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1985 ), master’s degree in Sociology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1993 ) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of São Paulo ( 2002) . She was senior researcher at CEBRAP ( Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning ), in Environmental Conflicts Area, in the 2003-2008 period. Member of the Research Group on Policy and Law / CNPq since 2004. She has experience in the field of Sociology , with an emphasis on political sociology and sociology of law , acting on the following topics: collective action and social movements; social mobilization and the politics ; activism / human rights movement ; judicial institutions and access to justice; environmental sociology ; activism / environmental movement

Adrian Gurza Lavalle
LavalleProfessor of the Department of Science Faculty of Philosophy of Politics, Literature and Human Sciences, University of São Paulo (FLCH-USP) and researcher at the Research Center , Innovation and Metropolitan Studies Broadcasting (CEM) and the Brazilian Analysis Centre and planning (CEBRAP), which is the coordinator of the Democracy Research Center and Collective Action (NDAC) . It is editor of the Journal of Social Sciences (RBCS) and member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences (ANPOCS). Was Scientific Director of CEBRAP (2008-2010) and visiting professor at the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (2012), Madrid, and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (2013) -University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Conducted post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Development Studies – (2005), PhD in Political Science – University of São Paulo (2001), MA in Sociology National Autonomous – Universidad of Mexico (UNAM ) (1994), and a degree in Political Science y Administración public, also at UNAM (1991). He has experience in Sociology and operates mainly in the following areas: associations, civil society, participatory institutions , democratic theory , theories of representation and public sphere. His latest books are “O papel da teoria política contemporânea – Justiça, Constituição, Democracia e Representação” (organized in co-authorship with Alvaro de Vita and Cicero Araujo , California: Alameda, 2015) ; “O Horizonte da Política – Questões Emergentes e Agendas de Pesquisa” (São Paulo : UNESP / CEM / CEBRAP , 2012); La innovación democratic in Latin America – Participación, representación y Social control” (organized in co-authorship with Ernesto Inzunsa, Mexico: CIESAS, UV, 2010) .