Vera Coelho

Researcher Profile

I am a senior researcher at the Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) where I serve as the Research Director. At the Centre I also coordinate the Citizenship and Development Group. In the last twenty years I have been coordinating comparative studies in the areas of: (1) citizen engagement in governance, (2) building universal health systems, and (3) innovative policies in the filed of social protection and development.

CEBRAP is based in Sao Paulo and is an autonomous and interdisciplinary research institution that this month celebrated its 43th anniversary. CEBRAP act as a debating forum for major national problems and their solutions, and has become a reference for cutting edge research in the various social sciences. The Center is currently undergoing a process of internationalization via the promotion of long-term international partnerships and comparative research projects, which mainly focus on countries that have been experiencing processes of democratization, development and welfare expansion.  

Current Research Projects

Equity and service contracting in the Brazilian public health system (SUS)”, the project analyzes networked governance and services contracting processes currently being implemented in the State of São Paulo, focusing on how they contribute to (1) structuring the network of public health services, and (2) increasing the level of equity in access to public healthcare services.

“1960-2010 CENSUS: Analyzing health tendencies”, the project is part of a larger one that looks at data produced by the Brazilian CENSUS analyzing the trajectory of inequalities in the last fifty years.

“Tackling inequality and inequity in Health: comparing strategies and their impacts”, following the “social determinants of health” debate the project links teams that are working in several countries to promote effective health systems that work cooperatively with other sectors.

Organizing two books that bring together parts of the work done by the “Building democracy in states and localities”, the “Creating systemic change” and the “Social movements, environmental governance and territorial development” research networks. 

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