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Fernanda Odilla started her PhD at the King's Brazil Institute in January 2015. She has a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s, a pre-master's in Crime and Public Safety from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a BA (First Class Honours) in Journalism from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.

She currently works as a casual producer for ‘BBC Brasil’ in London. She is also a teaching assistant in Research Methods at King’s Business School and at the Department of International Development.

Previously, she worked as a reporter for five different daily newspapers in Belo Horizonte and Brasília covering a range of different topics such as sports, crime, public safety and the environment. Since 2005, after being transferred to Brasília to cover politics and economic affairs, Fernanda has dedicated to investigating and exposing political corruption in Brazil.

In 2014, she launched the book 'Pizzolato: Não existe plano infalível' about the escape and arrest of Henrique Pizzolato, convicted by the Brazilian Supreme Court for the mensalão scandal.


Thesis title: 'Oversee and punish: Understanding the fight against corruption involving government workers in the federal executive branch in Brazil'

Fernanda's research looks at accountability, internal control, public management and quality of democracy in Brazil. Her main goal is to identify and properly evaluate who the punished Federal bureaucrats are and to discuss how efficient anti-corruption mechanisms are in punishing public servants, as well as in consolidating democracy in Brazil.

PhD supervision

Further details

See Fernanda's research profile