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Dr Sónia Gonçalves graduated in economics from the University of Porto, Portugal, and studied for her PhD at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. Her teaching and research interests are in the fields of public economics and applied econometrics. In particular, she is interested in topics related to participatory democracy, accountability and public administration efficiency. She is a former Assistant Professor at the King’s Brazil Institute and the King’s Business School, where she worked from 2011 to 2018. She is currently based in Rome, Italy, where she has been working as an Adjunct Professor in Economics at LUISS Guido Carli University and as a consultant for international development organisations.


Dr Gonçalves researched and published her work related to public service delivery and participatory democracy, media and political accountability in Brazil, as well as on the Brazilian foreign policy and investments in Angola (joint with Dr Pietro Rodrigues, Univ. Anhembi Morumbi). Her current research project, joint with Dr Gustavo Fernandes (FGV Sao Paulo), investigates the impact of political appointments in the municipal administration on the provision and quality of primary public education in Brazil.

Research interests

  • Participatory democracy
  • Public administration
  • Corruption and accountability
  • Education