The Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) has become the eighth think tank to join the Vi network.
Founded in 1969, CEBRAP conducts inter-disciplinary research in the field of social sciences, bringing together sociologists, political scientists, economists, anthropologists, demographers, lawyers and historians to analyze the Brazilian reality.
The main areas of research undertaken by CEBRAP include: economic development; urban and regional studies; science, technology and innovation; labour studies; law and development; inequality; and public policies. The Centre also implements several special projects, including on the protection of intellectual and cultural rights to traditional knowledge, or on law and the new developmental state.
In line with the inter-disciplinary approach applied by CEBRAP, the Vi will cooperate with a team composed of specialists in different disciplines. Vera Schattan Coelho, Director of Research at CEBRAP, will coordinate her institution's cooperation with the Virtual Institute. Vera holds a PhD in social sciences and is responsible for CEBRAP's programme on citizenship and development. The Vi will also benefit from support by CEBRAP's President, Paula Montero, who is an anthropologist, as well as that of two research coordinators - Alexandre Barbosa (an economist/historian with interest in economic development and labour studies) and Carlos Torres-Freire (a sociologist specialized in economic development, and science, technology and innovation).
"I thank you for inviting us to take part in the Virtual Institute," Coelho writes. "We are very honored to be part of this global collaborative network. CEBRAP has a special interest in fostering its global connections. Being a member of theVirtual Instute will certainly contribute to enlarge our networks and enhance opportunities to conduct collaborative research and training."
CEBRAP is ready to share their knowledge in their area of work, as well as research methods and exchanges among researchers, with the other members of the network. They could also host Virtual Institute Network events, such as courses and seminars.
Through their participation in the Virtual Institute, they hope to enlarge their network of contacts, develop new research collaborations and continue the process of "internationalization" of their institution.
For more information, visit CEBRAP's profile on the Vi website.