Joana da Costa Martins Monteiro

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Educational Background

PhD in Economics (2010) and Master’s in Economics (2004), both from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-RJ), and BSc in Economics, Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) (2001).

Projects financed by Development Agencies

Grant for Research Program on Citizen Security in Latin America from the Corporacion Andina de Fomento CAF-Al Capone (international contest) (2011)
Grant for Research Program on Natural Resources from the Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF) (international contest) (2009)
Honorable Mention, IPP RIO Maurício de Almeida Abreu Prize, PhD Thesis Category
Best Paper, II SEFAZ-SEDEIS Public Finance and Economic Development Prize, Theme 2: Production Structure in Rio de Janeiro State: an Attractive Context for Investments. Business Environment and Formalization, 2010
Best Paper, II SEFAZ-SEDEIS Public Finance and Economic Development Prize, Theme 4: Public Policy Evaluation (2010)
Best Paper, Consortium for International Marketing Research (CIMaR) (2007)
Best Paper, IPEA 40 Years Prize (IPEA-CAIXA) (2004).


Joana is research coordinator at the Rio de Janeiro’s Prosecutor  Office and professor of evidence-based policy design at the  Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at  Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EBAPE). Between 2015 and 2018, she was the head of the Institute of Public Security (ISP), the government body responsible for disclosing and analyzing Rio de Janeiro’s crime and violence records. At Prosecutor Office and ISP, Joana leads the agenda of use of evidence in the Criminal Justice area, having implemented projects to facilitate data analytics by policemen and to improve transparency to society.  Joana holds a PhD and a MA in economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Between 2009 and 2012, she was a visiting research fellow at the Center for International  Development at Harvard University. Joana is specialized in development economics and an expert in impact evaluation of  public policies. Her research has been published in journals such  as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics and the Security Journal.

Research Interests

  • Violence
  • Education
  • Impact Assessment
  • At-Risk Youth


Professional Master’s In Public Administration (MAP)

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