José A. Puppim de Oliveira

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Educational Background

1995 - 2000
PhD in Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Title: Implementing Environmental Policies in Developing Countries: Responding to the Environmental Impacts of Tourism Development by Creating Environmentally Protected Areas in Bahia, Brazil (2000)
Vorhees Scholarship, DUSP/MIT

1992 - 1995
Master's in Regional and Environmental Planning
Hokkaido University, Japan
Title: A Study of Environmental Aspects in the Brazilian and Japanese Cases of Energy Planning (1995).
Monbusho Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Japan.

1985 - 1989
BSC in Engineering
Technology Institute (ITA), Brazil
Honor Student, Mathematics Department.


Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is faculty member at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EAESP) and FGV EBAPE). He is also visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPEAD-UFRJ), Fudan University (Shanghai) and Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito.

He is an Associate Fellow with the United Nations University (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur and the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy for Global Change.

He was Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the Advanced Studies Sustainability Studies Institute at the UN University (UNU-IAS) in Japan (2009–2015), where he coordinated the Sustainable Urban Futures Research Program and the MSc in Environmental Governance Program.

With over twenty years’ experience at universities, companies, think tanks, government entities and international research entities, his activities involve research, teaching, training and academic management. Multi- and interdisciplinary, his work encompasses the applied social sciences and their links to the natural and health sciences and engineering, cutting across many different fields of knowledge, including urban studies, planning, business and public administration, management, environmental policy, development studies and governance.

His current interests focus mainly on the political economy of sustainable development, particularly aspects related to governance, institution building and development, together with policy implementation at different levels, examining how global institutions are interlinked to local governance, and vice-versa.

He is engaged mainly in policy-oriented empirical research, undertaking quantitative and qualitative analyses of governance involving diverse groups of actors (governments, international organizations, NGOs and companies), economic sectors (industrial segments) and scales (international, national, regional and local).

His experience comprises research, consultancy and policy work in more than twenty countries on all continents.

He was a Teaching Fellow at MIT, a Professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EBAPE), a Research Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as a European Commission’s Marie Curie Fellow and a Lecturer at University College London (UK), where he was Co-Director of the Master’s in Environment and Sustainable Development.

An ad hoc reviewer, he sits on the editorial boards of several journals and institutions in Brazil and abroad, and is the editor-in-chief of the Public Administration and Development (PAD) journal published by Wiley-Blackwell

He has also held seats on the editorial boards of publications such as the Brazilian Review of Contemporary Administration (RAC, ANPAD), Asian Journal of Political Science and Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.

Fields of Interest

  • Political economy of sustainable development and links to public administration and management and public policies
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Business and Society (small firms)


MSc & PhD
Master's in Business Management (MEXi)

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