Pedro Conceição is currently Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Advisory Unit of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to this, he was Director of the Research team at UNDP’s Office of Development Studies. In this position, he has been working on identifying the possible impact of the global economic crisis on developing countries. He has also worked on the food crisis, on climate change and development, and on the evolution of income distribution across and within countries.
Earlier work on financing for development and on global public goods was published by the Oxford University Press in books he co-edited (The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges, 2006; Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, 2003). He has published, amongst other journals, in the Review of Development Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He was deputy director of the Office of Development Studies from 2001 to 2005. Previously, he was an assistant professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology and innovation policy. He has degrees in Physics and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin.