International Cooperation

To enable the development of its activities, Cedeplar has counted with the financial support from institutions such as CNPq, CAPES and FINEP (Brazilian funding agencies), the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA, the Rockfeller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and other national and international institutions as well as resources from a funding agreement between the Brazilian Federal Government and The World Bank, aimed at developing inter-institutional development of Environmental Sciences (PADCT). The wide range of research projects currently undertaken at CEDEPLAR allows institutional partnerships with several funding agencies and other research and government organizations in Brazil and abroad.

South-South Technical Cooperation and Institutional Exchange

Cedeplar has striven to reach agreements of technical cooperation and exchange programs of the “South-South” type. With this objective, Cedeplar has fostered cooperation agreements with research and government institutions in Africa and Latin America. This cooperation involves, among others, the Latin America and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE) and with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane from Mozambique. The objectives of these agreements are to foster the exchange of lecturers and students, to increase information flows between institutions, and to promote academic activities such as international seminars and workshops.

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (ECONOMICS)

The Postgraduate Programme in Economics has been working on an ambitious project of internationalization for the past 10 years. The goals of the medium- and long-term plan of internationalization are:

  1. The consolidation of international cooperation via effective bilateral exchange of professors and students (Exchange of students to international institutions: yearly average of 8 doctoral students as visiting students in international institutions since 2010; former master students being accepted for PhD programs abroad: yearly average of 3 students since 2010; foreign students in the Postgraduate Programme in Economics: 2 per year, on average; 5 students with doctoral degrees in cooperation with international institutions);
  2. Build links with international graduate programs via the mechanism of a visiting professor from foreign universities (yearly average of 2 professors since 2010) and via post-doctoral training of professors from GPE abroad (yearly average of 3 professors since 2010);
  3. Create incentives for the participation of professors and graduate students in international conferences and seminars (averages of 30 and 15 per year, respectively);
  4. Regular conferences and seminars with international guests (an average of 13 per year);
  5. Fostering the internationalization of academic publications, particularly with the publication of papers in international journals (average of 12 per year since 2010). 

The participation of professors in joint projects with researchers from international institutions has also been consolidated, with international funding and national funding agencies. These projects, mostly with the participation of students, resulted in international publications and participation in congresses, as well as supervision of theses and dissertations.

As examples, we highlight some of these exchanges and international cooperation activities that serve to attest to the wide international experience of our programme:

1) International cooperation in teaching (post-doctoral training and visiting doctoral students) with various institutions, including:

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; Centre for Economic and Public Policy – The University of Cambridge – UK; Earth Institute – Columbia University; Center of Policy Studies (Cops) – Australia; University of Leeds; Universidad de La Laguna, Spain; Harvard School of Public Health, USA; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF, Spain; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC-CH, USA; King´s College (London, UK); Monash University - Melbourne/Australia; Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta/USA; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing/ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) - Urbana, Illinois – USA; Columbia University - New York / USA; University of Cambridge - Cambridge/UK; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of Texas at Austin; University of Bologna (Bolonha/Italy), Tropical Conservation and Development/TCD – University of Florida (Gainesville – Florida – USA), Université Lille I, Lille, France. During 2015, UFMG has engaged in a strong approach with Russian Universities. This effort had the participation of scholars from GPE-UFMG.

It is also relevant to note our experience in cotutelle agreements and joint degrees with the University Utrecht, the University of Alicante and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS – Paris).

2)    International Seminars in Brazil and abroad organized by professors of our Postgraduate Programme:

  • 8th Conference of the Iberian Association of the History of Economic Thought (Lisbon, Portugal), in 2013;
  • Seminar HET in Latin America, 2013;
  • 1st European Studies Center Conference: Europea Studies Today: Experiments and Models, in 2014;
  • 4th ESHET Latin American Conference, 2014; Seminar Metamorphoses of Capitalism and Catch Up, in 2014;
  • 12th Regional Studies Association Global Conference, in 2014, II Ibero American Congress on Regional Development, in 2014;
  • 9th Conference of the Iberian Association of the History of Economic Thought (Valencia, Spain), in 2015;
  • 1st History of Economics Summer School in Latin America (HESSLA), 2015.

3)    Research Grants from international agencies to support our research projects:

  • Updating the methodology to define the relevant Market for Health Plans and Economic Evaluation of the Innovation Laboratory on Attention to chronic disease. These projects received grants from them Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), since 2013.
  • Health Care Inequalities in Brazil and India, Economic Social Research Council; international cooperation that embrace the following institutions: University of Southampton, London School of Economics/Health, University of Portsmouth, Institute for Social and Economic Change (Population Research Centre, India), Centre for Development Studies (Kerala, India), International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India). 2010-2012.
  • Macro Economic Assessment of price-based Instruments to Implement a Voluntary National Emission Reduction Target in Brazil, financed by the World Bank (WB). 2013.
  • The Influence of Shifts in the age distribution on local labour markets and economic growth in México and Brazil, common project with the University of Texas/Population Research Center and El Colégio de Mexico, supported by MacArthur Foundation – (Program on Global Security and Sustainability). 2006-2012.
  • International Development Research Centre – IDRC (Canada): Interactions between universities and firms: searching for paths to support the changing role of universities in Latin America, since 2014.
  • Ingineus: Impact of Networks, Globalisation, and their Interaction with EU Strategies: research conducted by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Comission. 2009-2012.
  • Jean Monnet Module: Theory and Policy in the formation of the European Union: a model for economic integration, Supported by the European Commission.
  • Workshop on Science, Innovation and Neglected Diseases (Cedeplar-UFMG e SPRU, University of Sussex, UK), financed by British Council. 2015.
  • Conference "Transformation of Research in the South: policies and outcomes", in Paris, France, sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Paris, France and the Institut Francilien recherche innovation société (IFRIS), that will have the presence of researcher from India, South Africa, Latina America and Africa. January 2016.

4) Research projects in partnership with international institutions:

  • Societal Preferences for EQ-5D Health States from a Brazilian Population Survey, in cooperation with professor Paul Kind from the University of Leeds, UK. 2010-2012.
  • EQ-5D for monitoring population health: a comparison of general population survey data in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in cooperation with professor Paul Kind from the University of Leeds, UK, Victor Zarate from Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Federico Augustovski from Universidad de Buenos Aires and Lucila Rey Aires from Universidad de Buenos Aires, since 2015.
  • Earth Institute – Columbia University: project Catch Up, leaded by Professor Richard Nelson. It enabled institutional exchange between foreign universities, from countries such as South Korea and South Africa, since 2013.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign: academic link with professor Geoffrey Hewings, director of Regional Economics Applications Laboratory – REAL, and professor Werner Baer, from the Department of Economics, since 2001.
  • Institute for Money, Technology and Inclusion (IMTFI) – Universidade da Califórnia – Irvine.
  • Centre for Economic and Public Policy –University of Cambridge – UK, since 2004.

5)    Participation in international associations and journals:

 

Cedeplar/UFMG is a member of Regional Studies Association (RSA) and founding member of the Latin American section of the Association. It was involved in the establishment of the Latin American Association on History of Economic Thought in Santiago do Chile, 2015. It has many international connections due to the affiliation of its professors with some of the main international economics associations worldwide.

Many of our professors are part of editorial boards in important journal, such as: Prof. Clélio Campolina Diniz as one of the Vice-Presidents of RSA and editor of Area Development and Policy (ADP). Prof. Marco Aurélio Crocco is a member of the editorial committee of ADP and ambassador of Regional Studies Association in Brazil. Prof. Pedro Amaral as associated editor on Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Studies, Regional Science, also from RSA, Prof. Carlos Suprinyak as co-editor of Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Prof. Alexandre Mendes Cunha as editor of reviews of the Iberian Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Besides this more effective presence as members of editorial boards of many international journals and international scientific associations professors from the Graduate Program hold a strong position as referees in many international journals.

Finally, over the last five years, the University has been developing  an ambitious internationalization project. To that extent, UFMG has created five International Study Centers (African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Indian Studies and Latin American Studies), linked to the International Relations Office of the University. These centers, three of which are coordinated by professors from the Graduate Programme in Economics (East Asian, European and Indian Studies), are one of the most important bases for joint research and institutional exchanges in their specific geographical regions, and in particular for studies and interactions with the BRICS countries, given the expertise and research interests of our faculty members.