People

IRGC Portugal sponsors Research Fellowships making use of grants from public and private institutions, including the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. The Research Fellowships consider senior doctorate researchers, PhD fellowships and other resercah fellowships to help initiating university students to research activities in risk governance issues.


Coordination Committee

  • Manuel Heitor, chair (Contact: mheitor@ist.utl.pt)

    Full Professor at IST and Director of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, at IST, Lisbon, representing the Laboratory of Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science, LARSYS;

  • Jose Manuel Mendonça

    Full Professor at FEUP and Director of the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto - INESC Porto;

  • João Barros

    Associate Professor at FEUP and Director of the Institute of Telecommunications Porto - IT Porto;

  • Joaquim Sampaio Cabral

    Full Professor at IST and Director of the Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering – IBB;

  • Alexandre Quintanilha

    Full Professor at ICBAS-UP and President of the Institute for Health Research and Innovation - I3S;

  • Representative of Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisboan, IST-UTL;

  • Representative of Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, FEUP




Senior researchers

IRGC Portugal sponsors Research Fellowships making use of grants from public and private institutions, including the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. The Research Fellowships consider senior doctorate researchers, PhD fellowships and other resercah fellowships to help initiating university students to research activities in risk governance issues.

Joana Mendonça (starting date: 01 January 2013)

Joana Mendonça holds a PhD in Engineering and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Lisbon, with a thesis entitled "The Impact of Knowledge Creation and Accessibility on Entrepreneurial Activities". She has completed her Master in Engineering Policy and Management of Technology, with a dissertation on the "Determinants of Innovation in the Portuguese Chemical Industry". She has a Diploma in Chemistry from Lisbon University.

From March 2010 to December 2012 she has been deputy director for the Science, Technology and Higher Education Statistics Office, at the Ministry for Education and Science, the former Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. In 2009-2010 she was an assistant to the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, in the Government of Portugal. She has been a researcher at IN+, the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research at IST since 2002. Her research has focused on innovation processes, and new business creation, especially in human capital aspects on innovation and entrepreneurial activities.


Doctoral Fellowships

Anabela Reis (starting date: 01 November 2012)

Anabela Reis is currently a PhD student at the CMU Portugal Engineering and Public Policy Program and is focusing on risk governance with direct application to the aerospace industry, namely involving issues related with scientific, technological and industrial development.

Anabela received her Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering from IST Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

She previously worked for nearly two years as a researcher at the Statistics and Prospective Unit (NEP) of Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, supporting the development of statistical analysis on higher education data.


Miguel Amador (starting date: 01 November 2012)

Miguel Amador is currently a PhD student at the MIT Portugal program in Bioengineering, with a joint affiliation with IST Lisbon and IBB in Porto. He is developing research on risk governance with a direct application to science, technology and public policy in the field of innovation in bio-industries.

He holds a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from IST Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Miguel worked previously in the Technology Transfer Office of Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, supporting the valuation of university IP. He is a technology entrepreneurship enthusiast, being also a social entrepreneur, developing projects in various non-profit organizations in the field of education and bioengineering like the Portuguese IEEE Chapter of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.


Other Research Fellowships

Francisco Vilhena da Cunha (starting date: 01 January 2012)

Francisco Vilhena da Cunha is a researcher and program manager at IN+. His executive duties include setting up IRGC Portugal's activities, besides developing collaborations with the business sector and research on risk governance and the role industrialization in fostering socioeconomic development and resilience. Francisco is also engaged with private companies in business intelligence and business development activities.

He graduated from IST as an Aerospace Engineer and previously to joining IN+ has been an advisor to the Portuguese Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education; Head of Unit at INTELI, a public-private non-profit think tank; an offsets advisor for the International Defence Programme of the NGO Transparency International and represented Portugal at several FP7 discussion groups related to Aeronautics, Security and Space.


Farzaneh Eftekhari (period: 01 September 2012 to 31 December 2012)

Farzaneh Eftekhari is currently a Master of Science in Design (MSD) student at Arizona State University with a focus on social design, system design and design research. She is currently developing research in design public participation processes for enhancing inclusion of ethnic minorities in urban centers as well as in diabetes' risk mitigation.

Her research interest is on product development for the vulnerable communities. She is a member in Global Resolve, a social entrepreneurship group, and her project was on diabetes education in rural Mexico.

She holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Industrial Design.


José Pinto Ferreira (starting date: 01 November 2012)

José Pinto Ferreira is an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from IST Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is developing research on risk governance with a direct application to industry, technology and public policy in the field of product development for urban risk mitigation.

José has previously worked in product development at Procter & Gamble as an R&D intern and as a researcher at IST on sustainable development and energy management. José is also the founder and manager of a startup devoted to developing a new type of cooking appliance to bring "sous vide" cooking into the household."


Research Associates

Muriel Pádua (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Muriel Pádua is a researcher at IN+, IST since September 2008. Muriel completed her Ph.D. in the field of technological innovation. The title of her PhD was "Search models and ill-structured problems: a case study on the development of an HIV vaccine". Her PhD was carried at the University of Brighton, under the supervision of Professor Nick von Tunzelmann and John Bessant. Her research interests lie in the area of biomedical innovation, with a special focus on vaccines. In recent years, she has worked on ways to stretch problem solving theory to conditions of uncertainty, with a focus on processes of generation of novelty that take place in a context of emerging science and technology (e.g., when the scientific and technological principles guiding innovation are not clear yet). More specifically, her work focuses on ill-structured problem, their process of problem solving and organizational and governance aspects; Additional interests include personalized medicine, an emergent scientific and technological area; the field of development in the context of intermediate economies with a focus on biomedical innovation and a system view (based on Rosemberg's approach on complexity and innovation system approaches). More recent interests include work on perceptions of lay people in relation to diabetes.

Muriel has published in the area of biomedical innovation and she is preparing a series of papers entitled; "are there rules in games against nature?"; "on the structure of ill-structured problems", "a problem centered approach to network governance models" ,just to name a few.

Main theme: risks governance in urban contexts - non-communicable diseases


Hugo Horta (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Hugo Horta is a Researcher at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He returned to academia after a spell as Advisor of the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, from 2010 to 2011. Before he performed a postdoc in Japan focusing on academic inbreeding issues under a comparative perspective. He is also the Portuguese National delegate to the European Research Area (ERA) Steering Committee on Human Resources and Mobility, working in several ERA workgroups. As the Chair of the ERA Working Group "Grant Portability", a document was produced analyzing the possibility to establish a grant portability scheme among European countries. Currently, he is one of the coordinating editors of the Higher Education (Springer), and is a member of the editorial board of Higher Education Policy, Asian Pacific Education Review and Mexican Journal of Research in Education. He is currently developing as Principal Investigator funded projects focusing on the career trajectories of doctorates from a longitudinal perspective, and the networks that they formed along the career. Lately, through SNA techniques, he has been exploring the higher education research community in Asia.

Main theme: knowledge and policies for development


Daniela Couto (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Daniela S. Couto is an Associated Researcher at IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, in Portugal. She graduated with the highest honors in Bioengineering in 2011 from IST Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon, as part of the MIT-Portugal Program. Daniela doctoral studies focused on technological innovation of drug development and emergent areas in healthcare. She developed her studies at Massachusetts Institute Technology for a total of 2 years. From her work resulted literature contributions to the field of drug-device combination products, cell therapies, and tissue engineering.

Daniela holds a master degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Minho, Portugal. She developed part of her final studies in Politecnico di Milano, Italy, focusing on new bioreactor approaches for recellularization of cardiac valves. At 3B's group (www.3bs.uminho.pt, Portugal) she development injectable systems for bone regeneration as part of her master studies.

Daniela is CEO and co-founder at Cell2b (www.cell2b.com), a biotechnology start-up dedicated to the development of a new line of healthcare therapies to treat rejection in patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. She has been awarded several research grants and entrepreneurial awards, namely the Women Entrepreneur Award 2011 by ANJE. Cell2B has been awarded the BES Inovação 2011 prize in Life Sciences (€60,000) and the Everis Foundation 2012 prize (€40,000).

Main theme: emerging forms of technological innovation, with emphasis on regulatory frameworks for the biosciences


Natália Dias (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Natália Dias is a researcher at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+) at the Engineering School (IST) of the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) while also serving as education director in the MIT Portugal international partnership. Within this large scale international inter-university program she has been responsible for the overall and cross-cutting coordination and administration of four PhD programs, one Master's and 3 Executive Master's programs. As part of her interest in science and education outreach, risk governance and modernization of engineering education, Natália Dias has recently embarked in an innovative project to mitigate risks associated with non-communicable diseases and to bring engineering science to disadvantaged people through student and researcher led schemes.

Natália's background is in marine biology. She has got a doctoral degree in marine ecology and her post-doctoral research focused on climate change and evolutionary ecology.

Main theme: risks governance in urban contexts - non-communicable diseases and energy security


Maria João Rodrigues (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Maria João Rodrigues holds a PhD in Engineering and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Lisbon. She has completed her Master in Engineering Policy and Management of Technology and holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering both from IST Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon.

She is the founder and managing partner of Green Egg and in previously has been president of APISOLAR the Portuguese Solar Industry Association, founder of Wee Solutions and as worked at the Portuguese Agency for Innovation and other companies such as IrRadiare, De Viris and WIN ENERGY. Having participated in several research consortia Maria João holds a patent in "Photovoltaic Ceramic Coatings, in Particular Tiles, Roof Tiles and Mosaics, and their Manufacturing Process".

Main theme: risks governance in urban contexts - energy security


Carlos Silva (Doctorate researcher at IN+/LARSyS)

Carlos A. Santos Silva is an invited Assistant Professor in Engineering Systems for the MIT Portugal Program at IST-Lisbon Technical University of Lisbon. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems area at IST (1999), a MSc in Control Engineering at IST(2001) and a PhD in Supply chain Management at IST (2005).

From 2001 to 2004, he was a junior researcher at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology – Information and Communications, Neuro-Informatics Department (Siemens CT-IC4), in Munich, Germany, in the area of supply chain management and optimization. In 2004 he returned to Portugal to work as lecturer at Escola Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH), Department of Maritime Engines, Automation and Control Systems area until 2007. In 2006 he joined Albatroz Engineering Inc. as a Project Manager, an Information Technologies start-up company that develops robotic projects for electricity transmission and distribution utilities world-wide, until 2008.

In 2008, he joined the MIT Portugal Program at IST, where he coordinates the PhD and Advanced Training Programs in Sustainable Energy Systems. He is also the scientific coordinator of the Green Island Project of the MIT Portugal Program at IST, which envisages the design and implementation of the future energy systems in Azores. He is also the Energy Efficiency Area coordinator of the ENERGYIN, the Competitiveness and Technology Cluster for Energy.

Main theme: risks governance in urban contexts - energy security