Puppim de Oliveira, Jose

Visiting Research Fellow

  • Jose Puppim de Oliveira
    United Nations University International Institute for Global Health HUKM Complex Faculty of Medicine Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Jalan Yaacob Latiff 56000 Cheras Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Research Interests

    • Patterns of urban and environmental governance
    • Policy implementation
    • Political economy of sustainable development


    • PhD, Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • MSc, Environmental Science, Hokkaido University
    • BS, Engineering, Aeronautics Technological Institute

    Biographical Statement

    Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the UNU International Institute for Global Health and an MIT-UTM (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) Visiting Scholar. His research is multi- and interdisciplinary involving applied social sciences and their links with the natural and health sciences and engineering.

    His academic expertise cuts across different fields including urban studies, planning, environmental policy, development studies, business and society and public administration. His research and policy interests concentrate broadly in the area of political economy of sustainable development. He is particularly interested in patterns of governance, institution building and policy implementation at different levels, looking at how global institutions are interlinked to local governance and action, and vice-versa.

    He has carried out policy-oriented empirical research, undertaking quantitative and qualitative analyses of governance involving diverse groups of actors (e.g., different levels of governments, international organisations, NGOs, SMEs, industries), economic sectors, regions of the world and scales (e.g., international, national and local). His experience comprises research work in more than 20 countries in all continents. Jose contributes to the UNU-IIGH work on the links between health and environmental governance.

    He has held positions of Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in Japan between 2009 and 2015 where he coordinated the Sustainable Urban Futures research programme and the Master of Science in Environmental Governance. Previously, he worked at the University College London (UK), at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as a European Commission’s Marie Curie Fellow, and as an instructor, consultant and researcher for several organisations such as different United Nations agencies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank Institute, state and national governments, and various NGOs and small and large firms in the private sector. He has published seven books and a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Public Administration and Development (PAD, Wiley-Blackwell).