Resident Members

With a diversity of backgrounds and areas of expertise, NOVAFRICA resident members are the core of researchers affiliated with the Nova School of Business and Economics who collaborate in the implementation of NOVAFRICA’s activities.

João Amador
Field: Macroeconomics

João Amador is a senior economist in the Economics and Research Department of Banco de Portugal where he heads the Public Finance and Structural Studies Division. He is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Nova School of Business and Economics where he teaches Macroeconomics and European Economy. He has also taught Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in other departments of Universidade Nova and in executive programs. He has completed his Ph.D. in Economics in 2000. His research interests include international trade, macroeconomics, public finance, productivity, economic growth and Portuguese economy. João Amador has published in academic journals and authored chapters of books.

Alex Armand
Field: Development Economics and Policy Evaluation

Alex Armand is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, a research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK), and at the Navarra Centre for International Development (Spain). His current work focuses on the effect of providing education-related cash transfers on household outcomes, on the effect of local community engagement on natural resource management, on the role of media in reducing conflict, and on sanitation in urban slums. During his professional career, he has been leading research projects in Macedonia, Mozambique, India, Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras. He consulted for the World Bank and the Ministry of Social Policy in the FYR of Macedonia. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University College London.

Cátia Batista
Catia Batista
Field: International Migration, Development Economics

Catia Batista is Associate Professor of Economics at Nova SBE. Catia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include international migration and remittance flows, mobile money, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, and policy evaluation. She has done work including randomized and lab-in-the-field experiments in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. Catia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and Notre Dame University. She is currently a research fellow at the international research centers CReAM (London, UK) and IZA (Bonn, Germany), and has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and at Portuguese Catholic University. She has consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center.

Filipa Castanheira
Filipa Castanheira
Field: Human Resource Management

Filipa Castanheira is an Associate Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. She has a PhD in Psychology: Social Psychology from the University of Lisbon. Her current research interests include Human Resource Management, employment relationships, including temporary employment, job design and stress and well-being at work. She is the author of several books, as well as papers in international journals.

Miguel Pina e Cunha
Miguel Pina e Cunha
Field: Organizational Behavior

Miguel Pina e Cunha is Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. He works in the field of organizational behavior and has published regularly on topics such as leaders and leadership, desired change and emerging change, virtuous organizations and toxic organizations. His most recent books are Leadership: Virtue is in the Middle (Current, 2011), The Virtues of Leadership (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Handbook of Organizational Behavior and Management (RH Publisher, 2012, seventh edition). He has published nearly a hundred articles in magazines such as European Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, and Management & Organizational History, among others.

Cláudia Custódio
Field: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Human Capital

Cláudia Custódio is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics and a visiting Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics. She was previously Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and before she joined academia she worked in financial auditing as junior audit. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics In 2010. Her research aims at understanding how firms take decisions and how these decisions can create economic value, with a particular focus on the role of human capital. Her papers are published in academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics¸ and also receive attention from the general media.

Miguel A. Ferreira
Field: corporate finance, corporate governance, financial intermediation

Miguel A. Ferreira holds the BPI | Fundação “la Caixa” Chair in Responsible Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics.
He is the Dean of Faculty and Research at Nova School of Business and Economics. He is also a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has a PhD in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics, and a Licenciatura in Business from ISCTE.
His research interests include corporate finance and governance. His research has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and Management Science. He is associate editor for the Journal of Banking and Finance. He has been a recipient of several research grants and awards including a European Research Council (ERC) grant. He teaches corporate finance in the undergraduate program. He also has an extensive experience of teaching in executive education programs, consulting, and expert witness.

Francesco Franco

Francesco Franco is Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics since 2004. Ph.D. in Economics, 2004, by the Massachussets Institute of Technology; M.Sc. in Economics, 1998, at Bocconi University; and Laurea in Economia Política, 1996, by Bocconi University. His research interests include fluctuations and applied macroeconomics, topics on which he has published in Portuguese and international journals. He is referee of various journals, among which the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He is currently working on research projects on identification in macroeconomics and on finance and macroeconomic fluctuations.

Sofia F. Franco
Sofia F. Franco
Field: Urban Economics

Sofia F. Franco is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), Lisbon and a research member of UECE. She received her Ph.D. from University of California-Santa Barbara in 2007, and was a faculty member at the University of California-Riverside and a visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College, U.S., before coming to Nova SBE in 2010. Sofia has also been a consultant for the World Bank and for the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Maryland, U.S, on topics related to urban development and zoning policies. Most of Sofia’s research lies at the boundaries of environmental, urban and real estate economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information (GIS) tools. Sofia has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and Transportation Research-Part A.

Miguel Lebre de Freitas
Field: Macroeconomics

Miguel Lebre de Freitas is an Associate Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. His research interests include macroeconomics, international finance and economic growth, having published in journals such as the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Common Market Studies. His professional experience includes an appointment as Director of the Cabinet of Strategy and Studies at the Portuguese Ministry of Economy, an Economist position at the Department of Economic Studies of the Bank of Portugal, as well as the participation in many short-term consulting projects in the areas of economics and finance, promoted by domestic and international institutions, such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the CEPS. Miguel holds a Licenciatura and an MSc in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of London.

Jules Gazeaud
Fields: Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Jules Gazeaud is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics. His research uses modern applied econometric methods to produce policy-relevant studies on poverty, social protection, migration, and areas at the intersection of these topics. Part of his research is based on fieldwork and randomized experiments conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics from CERDI, France, and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford, UK. He also collaborates with the World Bank as a consultant since 2016.

Victoire Girard
Fields: Development Economics, Political Economy and Applied Microeconomics

Victoire Girard is a researcher at Nova School of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD in economics from Paris 1 Pantéhon-Sorbonne University. Her research is in Developement Economics and Political Economy, with a focus on inequalities, identities, violences, and the local impact of natural resources extraction. She exploits large household surveys and other geocoded data that are from Burkina Faso, India, Kazakhstan, or Pan-African. Victoire has taught in the Universities of Orléans and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has been an invited researcher at the economics departments of Brown University and of the University of Geneva and she has consulted for the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER).

Emanuel Gomes
Field: International Management

Emanuel Gomes is an Associate Professor at Nova SBE. Previously, he was the Deputy Head of the Strategy and International Business department at the Birmingham Business School (UK). He is the Regional Editor (Africa) for the Journal of Knowledge Management and serves as a guest editor in various special issues. He is the author of three books and of several papers published in international refereed journals. His research interest is in the areas of international mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, strategic agility, product service innovation, microfoundations of strategy, and firm internationalisation, particularly in the African context. He has been involved in various research projects involving government bodies.

Carmen Lages
Field: Marketing

Carmen Lages is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Nova SBE. She took her PhD in Marketing from Warwick Business School, UK.
Her main research contributions to research are in the fields of relationship marketing (i.e. relationship marketing metrics and business to business relationships in an international context), the impact of firm’s dynamic capabilities (such as innovation and learning) on export performance and the operationalization of brand identity and of strategic public relations as a marketing communications tool. Overall, the relevance of exporting and social responsibility motivated her to pursue research in both. Her research has been published in several international scientific journals.

Luís Filipe Lages
Luís Filipe Lages
Field: Management, Marketing, Innovation, Internationalization

Luís Filipe Lages is Associate Professor at Nova SBE. He lectures at the Lisbon MBA (in collaboration with MIT Sloan School) and is Coordinator of the Innovation Module at the MIT-Portugal program in Bioengineering Systems (in collaboration with MIT Engineering School). He holds a PhD in Marketing and International Business from Warwick University (UK) and has conducted post-doctoral work at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2000) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (2001). He has been a Visiting Professor in several leading business schools across the globe where he taught in Executive, MBA and Masters Programs in the fields of Marketing, International Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Luís has managerial and consultancy experience in business, governmental and not-for-profit forums and is .Associate-Member of APBA. He has published in various international scientific journals.

Pedro Silva Martins
Filed: Labour Economics

Pedro S. Martins is Professor of Economics at Nova SBE, where he also leads the master’s in International Development and Public Policy. He is a labour economist, conducting research on both developed and developing or emerging economies, including Mozambique, Brazil and China. His research is published in several journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, European Economic Review, Industrial Relations, and British Journal of Industrial Relations. He has also collaborated with several international organisations, including the ILO, the European Commission, and Socieux+. Before joining Nova SBE, Pedro was Professor at Queen Mary University of London and Secretary of State for Employment in the Government of Portugal.

Nikita Melnikov
Filed: Political Economy, Media Economics, Development

Nikita Melnikov is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a Ph.D and a M.A in Economics from the University of Princeton. His current research interests include Political Economy, Media Economics, Development, and other Applied Microeconomics fields.
He is the author of several papers in top international journals such as American Economic Review or American Economic Journal. Nikita has taught Microeconomic Theory, an International Development in Princeton University and Microeconomics in the Higher School of Economics & New Economic School.
He was Prize Fellowship in the Social Sciences.

Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves
Field: Organizational Behavior

Pedro Neves is an Assistant Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics. He received his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from ISCTE in 2007 and later went to the University of Delaware for a Post-Doc. He has published in several international journals, and is the author/co-author of four books. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and won the Research Award (2009) from RH Magazine/Select-Vedior and the Outstanding Reviewer Award (2010) from the OB Division of the Academy of Management. His research interests focus on interpersonal relationships in the workplace, leadership, improvisation/risk taking (he is the Principal Researcher of a project funded by FCT in this area), change management and entrepreneurship.

Susana Peralta
Susana Peralta
Field: Fiscal Policy

Susana Peralta holds a PhD in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. Her research focus on the economics of multi-layered governments, including tax competition and political economy issues. She is an Associate Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics, which she joined in 2004. She is a Research Associate of CEPR and CORE-UCL. Her work is published in academic journals such as The Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics.

Brais Álvarez Pereira
Field: Development, Experimental Economics, Organizational Economics, Networks

Brais Álvarez Pereira is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. His current work uses lab and field experiments to study the relationship between group composition and performance, and the effect of communicating live price information and market advice to cashew farmers in Guinea-Bissau, where he directs the Bissau Economics Lab. Brais has taught at the Instituto Lorenzo de Medici and the Universidad Loyola Andalucía, and has previously worked at the ILO and as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Guinea-Bissau. He has consulted for the World Bank, UNDRR and UNDP.

Luis Brites Pereira
Field: International Macroeconomics, Development Economics

Luis Brites Pereira is a Visiting Professor at The Lisbon MBA and Deputy Director of the Centre for Globalisation & Governance (CG&G) at the Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE). He was educated in Portugal (Ph.D in International Economics, Nova SBE) and South Africa (M. Com. and B. Econ. Sc. (Hons.), University of the Witwatersrand). Prior his current duties, he was a lecturer at Nova SBE and at the Wits Business School (Johannesburg) as well as a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Tropical Research Institute (IICT). His recent research focuses on globalisation and governance interactions, particularly in African economies, and has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals. His consulting experience, meanwhile, includes such institutions as Cape Verde’s Central Bank and the Macao Monetary Authority, China. In the past, he was also an economic advisor to the Portuguese government on the international dimension of its technological and innovation policy. More recently, he served in public office as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal.

Francisco Queiró
Field: Entrepreneurship, firm dynamics, economic growth

Francisco Queiró is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. His research focuses on the determinants of entrepreneurial performance, firm dynamics and aggregate productivity. His work has been supported by grants from Fundação Gulbenkian and Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos. Francisco holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Ana Balcão Reis
Ana Balcão Reis
Field: Economic Growth, Economics of Education

Ana Balcão Reis is Associate Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, (currently Nova SBE). Her main research interests are on economic growth driven by technology development and adoption and the link between economic growth and the quality of the environment. The role of human capital accumulation on economic growth has led her more recently to the field of economics of education. She has taught courses on Macroeconomics, Economic Growth and Development for the Undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. More recently she is also teaching Economics of Education for the Masters’ program. Her work is published in academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the European Economic Review.

Wayne Sandholtz
Field: Development, education, political economy

Wayne Sandholtz is an Assistant Professor of economics at Nova SBE. His research focuses on the intersection of Development, Education, and Political Economy to study how and why public services improve. Some of his recent projects have examined the learning impacts of school reforms in Liberia and Tanzania, and electoral returns to public service provision in developing democracies. He has carried out field experiments in Liberia, Tanzania, and Uganda. His work has been supported by the IGC, FCT, and the EU, among others. Wayne holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Utku Serhatli
Field: Sustainable Operations, Socially Responsible Operations, Supply Chain Management

Utku Serhatli is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. He is primarily interested in sustainable operations with a focus on operational and social impacts of economic and environmental issues. His research utilizes data analysis and mathematical modeling such as optimization, dynamic programming, stochastic processes and game theory.
His teaching experience includes the core course of Operations Management at INSEAD and NOVA SBE. He is interested in designing a course in Sustainable Operations.
He obtained Doctor of Philosophy from INSEAD, prior to joining NOVA SBE. He also holds a Master of Science from INSEAD and Bachelor of Science from Bilkent University. He previously worked as financial consultant at TATA Consultancy Group.

André Silva
Field: Macroeconomics

André Silva is Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. His research is on Development, Finance, and Macroeconomics. He has papers on topics such as capital flows, innovation, and the demand for money. He teaches courses on Macroeconomics and Finance for the Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. programs. Before working at Nova SBE, André Silva taught at the University of Chicago, in the United States, and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; and worked as a consultant at Accenture. André Silva has presented his research in international conferences and seminars. His recent research includes the effect of portfolio rebalancing on the calculations of the welfare cost of inflation, the determinants of capital flows, and the effects of the capital structure on incentives to innovation.

Daniel Traça
Daniel Traça
Field: International Business

Daniel Traça is currently professor of sustainable international business and the dean of Nova SBE, and invited professor at INSEAD. He graduated in Economics at Nova and holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University, New York. He was a professor at INSEAD, Paris and Singapore, and in the Solvay Brussels School in Brussels, where he was director of MBA programs. Daniel Traça also has several papers published in international journals in the field of international economics and economic development, as well as having collaborated with the European Commission and the World Bank.

Pedro Vicente
Field: Development Economics, Political Economy

Pedro Vicente is a full professor of economics and director of the Research Unit at Nova SBE. Pedro researches on development economics, with an emphasis on political economy issues, and a special interest in Africa. He designed and conducted field work (including randomized field experiments) in Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. He has published articles in journals such as the Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. Pedro holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and is affiliated with BREAD (Duke University, USA) and with the CSAE (University of Oxford, UK). He is Lead Academic for Mozambique at the IGC (International Growth Center based at the LSE and Oxford), and a consultant for the World Bank.