Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Intercommunal Association “Rete del Nuovo Municipio” (since 2003-2009).
Throughout his present Institution (CES) is a Member of the OIDP (International Observatory of Participatory Democracy) and an Observer Delegate at the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human rights of UCLG.
It is Member of the Standing Group on Democratic Innovation of ECPR - European Consortium for Political Research.
8. Computing: experience with GIS (Arcview, ARCGIS), Autocad, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet search
9. Present Positions:
Researcher at the Center for Social Studies (CES) – Faculty of Economics - University of Coimbra – Portugal
Coordinator of the Ph.D. “Democracy of the XXIst Century” (CES/FEUC)
Co-coordinator of the Working Group DECIDe (on Democracy, Citizenship and Law) at CES
Co-chair of the Independent Authority for the Promotion of Participation in Tuscany Region (named by the Regional Parliament by unanimity in March 2014, for the period 2014-2019).
Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Film-Festival “Democracine” (Porto Alegre, since the 2012) and two editions of the Itinerant “Fest-CINEAMAZONIA” FilmFest (Coimbra: 2009, 2012).
10. Years of professional experience: 18
11. Expertise (key words): participatory budgeting, participatory and strategic planning,techniques of Public Debate, urban management innovations, urban and territorial planning, institutional decentralisation, citizen consultation, public spaces, reclamation of informal settlements, research on the ‘insurgent living practices’ in the city, urban and peri-urban agriculture, allotment gardens, student housing.
12. Specific experience in projects, evaluation and training activities:
Country and City
Name and brief description of the project
Coordinator of Training of the project “Dupla Paz” coordinated by the NGO “Oikos” and funded by Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
Focal Point for Tuscany Region of the networking project of the “Participedia” consortium, coordinated by the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant
External evaluator position for the project of local development “Pro.con.Sal” da ONG “Africa 70” in Sal Island, funded by European Union.
General Coordinator and Principal Investigator of the European Project “EMPATIA - Enabling Multichannel PArticipation Through ICT Adaptations” funded by EU progamme Horizon 2020 – Call: H2020-ICT-2015 - Topic: ICT-10-2015
Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus
External consultant of the Council of Europe (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities) for the programme “Support to Citizen Participation Initiatives” – implementation of pilot projects in Armenia
Coordinator of the Consultancy on Participatory Budgeting in Quelimane, as part of the National Streategy of Participatory Budgeting in Mozambique, coordinated by the Associação In Loco and funded by the World Bank.
Member of the Project "PARTIS - Práticas Artísticas para Inclusão Social" coordenated by "O Teatrão" within the Glbenkian Programme of Human Development
Member of the Consultancy Team of UCLG Committee on Participatory Democracy, Social Inclusion and Human Rights for the “Think Paper on Inclusive Cities” within the process of the IV Gold Report on Decentralization.
Member of the Portuguese Unit of the EU-funded trans-national project "Participación de los jóvenes en los movimientos sociales y en política Local. La juventud mueve Europa” within the Programme “Joventud en acción”, coordinated by Fundo Andaluso dos Municipios para Solidariedade Internacional (FAMSI).
S. Paulo, Brazil/Barcelona, Spain
Member of the European Research Unit of UCLG in the trans-national project "Avanzando hacia la implementación del derecho a la ciudad en América Latina y en el plano internacional” (HIC/POlis/Ford Foundation)
S.Paulo, Brazil /
Coordinator of Portuguese Unit in the project “Alojamento Estudantil e Mobilidade Internacional” within the research “Mobilidade academica internacional” coordinated by ESPM, Brazil
S. Bras de Alportel/Lagoa/Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Trainer in the course “Education for Citizen Participation” for school professors in different municipalities of Portugal.
Trainer and tutor of the 9-months Training Course on “Participatory Democracy” and methologies of participation, organized by the Municipality of Cascais (with In-Loco Association) for 40 of its civil servants (October2013-May 2014)
Barcelona, Spain/ Berlin, Germany
Coordinator of a UCLG research on "Community-Based Monitoring and a Possible New Dialogue with Local Governments: An Overview of International Experiences" funded by UCLG, OIDP and the German Cooperation Agency GIZ
Coordinator of the Evaluation Report "Analisys on Participatory activities implemented by Municipality of Padua (sectors dealing with Decentralization, Associations, Public Relations and Comunications) 2009-2012" - (January-December, 2013)
Consultant of the Council of Europe for training on Participatory Budgeting (June, 2013)
Resource Person for the World Bank, for training on Participatory Budgeting in Romania (June, 2013)
Consultant for the NGO “Partners-Jordan” for training of trainers on Participatory Budgeting in Jordan, with funding of the Dutch Cooperation Agency
Member of the Research Team of the project "Migration studies and the biographical approach: building a collaborative framework in the Portuguese context" funded by FCT (and coordinated by Elsa Lechner)
Consultant of Condeixa-a-Nova Municipality for the implementation of School Participatory Budgeting (OPG) since 2012, and the General PB (OPG) since 2013.
Bonn, Germany/ Coimbra, Portugal
Coordinator of the updating study of the Report "Learning from the South: Participatory Budgeting Worldwide - An Invitation to Global Cooperation", funded by Engagement Global gGmbH – Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen (GLOBAL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT - Service for Development Initiatives) - Service Agency Communities in One World
Washington, DC, US
Consultant for the World Bank Institute (WBI) for evaluating 8 processes of participatory budgeting with the use of ICTs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (South Kivu Region).
Trofa - Portugal
Consultant of Trofa Municipality for the implementation of School Participatory Budgeting (OPJ)
Malaga - Spain
Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the international “PARLOCAL” Project on Participatory Budgeting (funded by EU Commission and including members from 36 Spanish/Uruguayan and Dominican cities); coordinator of the CES training unit in the learning course for Municipal employees.
Coordinator (PI) of the project “Participatory Budgeting as innovative tool for reinventing local institutions in Portugal and Cape Verde? A critical analysis of performance and transfers” funded by FCT
In 2012-2014, he has been co-director of the documentary movie "Uma revolução tranquila. Os orçamentos participativos numa perspectiva portuguesa" (with Pierre Stoeber - Solid Productions France/Portugal, 2014) edited in Portugues, English and French.
Resource person in the project “Legal Issues of Public Participation”
Evaluator for the NGO “Africa ‘70” of two Slum Reclamation Projects funded by ESF
Saly Portudal, Senegal
Resource Person in the ENDA/World Bank/UN-Habitat Regional Conference on Participatory Budgeting in Francophone Africa.
Coordinator of the Training Unit of the Project “Orçamento Participativo. Mais participação, melhor democracia” funded by EQUAL, which organises 8 regional and sub-regional training workshops and 20 “on-demand” municipal training sessions on Participatory Budgeting for Portugues Local Authorities.
Consultant of SALAR (Swedish Association of Municipalities and Regions) for the implementation of 6 pilot-projects of Participatory Budget in Sweden.
April 2008-may 2009
Coordinator of the Working Group on Participatory Budgeting and Planning within the Municipal network in Lusophone Countries established in Brasilia on April 2008, in preparation of the 2nd International Meeting of 2009.
Durban, South Africa
12-14 March 2008
Resource Person in the MDP/World Bank/UN-Habitat Regional Conference and Workshop on Participatory Budgeting in Anglophone Africa.
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Resource Person for local participatory processes within the process called“CONFERÊNCIA MUNDIAL SOBRE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIDADES”.
Resource Person invited by Kemitraan/TI-Indonesia to train on Participatory Budgeting during the open public Forum “Combating Corruption in Democratic Transition” in preparation of UNCAC IIº International Seminar.
Member of the Research Unit of the project "Formal access to local political spaces in the local context: Immigrant Voters and Elected in Portuguese Municipalities and Parishes" funded by FCT (coordinated by Prof. Fernando Ruivo)
Resource Person invited to the final seminar by the URBAL Project “Come costruire un bilancio partecipativo. Trasferimento di buone prassi in una prospettiva di reciproco scambio”
Training Consultant on Participatory Budgeting for the Nicos Poulantzas Foundation and the Municipality of Petroupolis, in the Athens metropolitan area (4 meetings)
St. Etienne, France
Resource Person in the International Seminar on Participatory Budget within the Rhône-Alpes Region International Meeting « La démocratie participative du local au global : pour quel développement ? »
Resource Person in the training seminar on Participatory Democracy organised in Hanoi by the Institute for European Studies
Lecturer on Participation, Technologies and the “Knowledge City” at the Faculty of Architecture – Intermational Islamic University – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, and invited speaker for the AUDI (Arab Urban Development Institute) in Shah Alam.
Organizer of the first Training Course on “Participatory Budget” for Portuguese Local Authorities, together with CEFA (Training Organisation for Municipal Personnel in Portugal).
Resource Person in the Training sessions about Participatory Budget for the Politicians and Technicians of the Vara Municipality (11-12 June).
Visiting Professor at the Institute for Architecture and Planning of the King Saud University (Ryiadh) and invited Speaker for the Saudi Association of Planners.
Named member of the Jury for the ‘best practices award 2007’ given by the OIDP-International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (Barcelona, Spain)
Training sessions about Participatory Budget for the Politicians and Technicians of the Trento Municipality (26-27april)
Facilitator at the International Days on Participatory Budgeting organised by Malaga Province and Seville Municipality (28-31 march)
Co-organizer (together with the NGO “In loco”) of the First Portuguese Meeting of Participatory Budgeting practices, in Sao Bras de Alportel (Algarve)
Organizer of the Comparative Seminar Portugal-Sweden on “Local Finances and participation”, together with CEFA (Training Organisation for Municiapl Personnel in Portugal)
Training sessions about Participatory Budget for Transparency International Morocco – Casablanca
Paper about Participatory Budget in Europe in the Conference “Participatory Democracy in Theory and Practice: Chinese and European Perspectives”, Haikou (Hainan Province), 9-11 December 2006, organised by the English ONG The Rightspractice, the Peking University & Science Po Paris, funded by the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights
Reunion Island (France)
Resource Person in a training sessions about Participatory Budgeting and the Relationship with Participatory Planning at the “3me Marches Citoyennes” in Saint-Paul Municipality (28-30 November)
Resource person in the training session about Participatory Budget in Europe and North and South-America, organised by the Municipal Development Partnership for Africa/Enda Ecopop with funding from World Bank Institute/UN-Habitat, within the activities of the panafrican “Africities Summit”, Nairobi 18-22 September 2006
Training session about Participatory Budget in Europe and Noth-America, within the activities of the UN-HABITAT 3rd “World Urban Forum” (organised by CIGU/Local Authority Forum for Social Inclusion)
Expert of the European Commission (URBACT programme) called to facilitate the Session “Methods of Citizen Participation”, within the Cross Cutting Thematic Working Group on participation (Valencia, June 9-10)
Responsible of the Italian Research Unit within the Programme PICRI (Paris VIII/ADELS) “Vers une democratie Tecnique?” dealing with participatory municipal innovations in Rome-Paris-Berlin.
July 2004-January 2005
Consultant of the Municipality of Venice in charge of the experimental Participatory Budget process in 3 District (Marghera, Lido, Favaro) – within the EU-funded Project LHASA (Interreg).
Capo Verde Islands
Member of the Final Evaluation Team for the Reclamation –Pilot Project for Bela Vista in Praia (Isle of Santiago) promoted by the European Commission and the NGO “Africa ‘70”. His role is evaluating the contribution of participation in the success of the 3-years project.
October 2003-March 2006
Expertise on Participatory Budget during training courses for municipal administrators and employees, NGOs and universities in Sevilla, Cordoba and Athens.
Evaluation of citizen participation projects in the Italian Municipalities, in the framework of the Observatory on Local democracy and Participation strategies, Intercommunal Association ‘Rete del Nuovo Municipio’
July 2003-January 2008
Responsible for the Master Plan of the Municipality of Dicomano
Expertise on Participatory Budgeting in Trento, Venice, Rome, Piacenza, Pieve Emanuele, Pomigliano d’Arco, Regio (Italy)
Expertise on Participatory Budget during training courses for municipal administrators and employees, NGOs and universities, organised by Transparency International – TI Indonesia
Trainer on Participatory Budgeting for ‘Margherita’ Coalition in Tuscany and for Municipio XI Administration in Rome
Trainer on Participatory Budgeting in Bobigny Municipality
Trainer on Participatory Budgeting in London, for the Manchester Community Pride Training Course
April 2001-September 2003
Responsible for the GIS system project in the Municipality of Scandicci, and responsible for popular participation inside the Master Plan team
March 2000-February 2001
Consultant (in the field of Town Planning) for COSPE and Quartiere S. Donato of Bologna, Project Leaders of the European Commission funded international project “Participation for fighting discriminations: the role of socio-cultural centers” (1999/2000).
January 2000 – October 2002
University Research (co-funded by the Ministery of University and Scientific Research) about ‘Insurgent Planning Practices’ in Florence. Focus about spaces of immigration and public protests. The work of the candidate “Looking for room: Florentine stories” wins the international competition “City and immigration” by Planum, on-line magazine of the Italian Town Planning Institute.
October 1998-June 1999
Foreign observer of Participatory Budgeting process in the city of Porto Alegre and the State of Rio Grande do Sul
Participative Planning Laboratory in San Concordio Neighbourhood (Lucca) together with University of Florence and a CNR funded research