Ongoing Research

  • The Real Separation of Powers: An Empirical View in Latin America
    (2018 – Present)
    OSF link
    with Professor Marcos Fanton (Federal University of Pernambuco)
    Professor Flavianne Nóbrega (Federal University of Pernambuco)
    Paulo Oliveira (Federal University of Pernambuco)
    Jorge Gomes (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Is the separation of power proposed by Ackerman present in latin american countries? We propose an interdisciplinary (Political Science, Philosophy and Law) group to discuss and test this.

  • Wealth Inequality and Contemporary Slavery in Brazil
    (2018 – Present)
    OSF link
with Professor Dalson Figueiredo (Federal University of Pernambuco)
Professor Enivaldo da Rocha (Federal University of Pernambuco)
Barbara Mota (Federal University of Pernambuco)
and Rodrigo Lins (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Contemporary Slavery represents one of the main Human Rights violations (BALES, 2007; WELCH, 2009). This project works in a multidisciplinary design, and goes beyond academic research since we are collecting data from police and judiciary attempts to combat slavery. Aside this we will keep in touch with the university of Nottingham and also try to communicate with UK’s government to see how they erradicate that problem. All the project will help policymakers and government burocrats to lower Brazil’s high contemporary slavery rate.

  • Electoral Competition and Corruption in Brazil: A Subnational Approach
    (2017 – Present)
    with Professor Dalson Figueiredo (Federal University of Pernambuco)
    and Professor Nicole Janz (University of Nottingham)

The United Nation’s action plan for sustainable development, Agenda 21, underlines that all countries should increase their efforts to eradicate mismanagement of public and private affairs, including corruption to ensure effective public administration (UNEP 1992). We will generate new observational data on corruption – based on court sentences – and publish the data and methodology for re-use of scholars world-wide. We focus on Brazil, where widespread corruption exists in the private and public sector. Second we will examine if electoral competition influences corruption to address the previous conflicting results in the literature.

  • Health and Electoral Impact Evaluation of Mãe Coruja Public Policy
    (2017 – Present)
    No Site Link Yet (Will be available in late February)
    with Professor Dalson Figueiredo (Federal University of Pernambuco)
    and Professor Enivaldo da Rocha (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Mãe Coruja is a succesful maternal and child health public policy present in 108 out of 185 municipalities in the brazilian state of Pernambuco. What are its real impacts? This research evaluates how this public policy works in health and in election matters in a longitudinal study.


Finished Research

One of the best ways to respond to the proliferation of hateful and extremist content online is to mobilize individuals to create local and community based social media campaigns that challenge hateful and extremist rhetoric, and refocus attention on positive alternatives. This includes efforts at awareness building, education, building cohesion, and directly countering hateful and extremist narratives. The Peer 2 Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge (P2P) seeks to be a part of that solution, by empowering the very people affected by hateful and extremist content on social media – young people – to provide student-led alternatives to the hate and extremism they see in their communities around the world.

  • Traveling Circus of Robotics
    (2009 – 2010)
    Site (in Portuguese)
    with Professor Kenia Carvalho (University of Pernambuco)

This itinerant project aimed to spread science to children and teenagers throughout poor municipalities in Pernambuco state – Brazil. Robotics was the mean to illustrate how knowledge could be assimilated in a simple way, just like a clown’s joke.