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CLOSED - Call for researchers - USP Global Cities Program

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 04, 2018 05:20 PM - - last modified Apr 19, 2022 10:33 AM

The USP Global Cities Program has launched its fourth public call for postdoctoral researchers and collaborators. The objective is to contribute to the improvement of research, and to the scientific and technological excellence of the University, as well as to enable the formation of groups of national and foreign researchers focused on urban issues, integrating networks of studies and international research. The generation of applications, experiments, and solutions that become subsidies for the necessary transformations in the urban context is seen as a desirable consequence of the participation of new researchers in the program.

The researchers should present an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective in their projects, intensifying the dialogue and interaction between social and human sciences, experimental sciences such as mathematics and computing, physics, chemistry, biology, and all their technological aspects, and environmental sciences and sustainability. The proposals should consider the complexities of cities and the 2050-projection.

Since the IEA-USP is an interdisciplinary environment, the participants will be given the possibility of developing innovative research projects, establishing academic connections, and entering the various research networks to which the Institute and other units are related. The selected projects may be developed at the Institute's headquarters in São Paulo or at its centers in Ribeirão Preto and São Carlos.

  • Deadline for the submission: November 29, 2021, at 3:00 pm (GMT -3);
  • Announcement of selected projects: February 14, 2022;
  • First meeting: March 24, 2022.


Postdoctoral Programme

Its general objective is to improve the level of the scientific and technological excellence at USP. Its specific goal is to further enhance advanced research skills of postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of an experimented researcher who needs to be a faculty member. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university.

  • Duration: from 6 months to 5 years.
  • Minimum workload: 20 hours per week; total of 960 hours


Research Collaborator Programme

Its objective is to stimulate the collaboration between researchers of USP and external faculty and non-faculty academics. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university. The collaboration proposal has to be submitted by a USP faculty member.

  • Applications must be submitted by an USP professor to the IEA-USP Research Committee.
  • Workload: minimum of 12 and maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Duration: the collaborator researcher can develop the same research project for up to 5 years.



This call will not grant scholarships to selected researchers.

List of themes and supervising researchers at USP Global Cities

Please consult the supervisors before submitting a proposal.

Topic Involved Sustainable Development Goals Supervisor e-mail
Environmental planning with interface to urban planning 6-11-13-15 Amarilis Lucia Casteli Figueiredo Gallardo
Environment, health, and sustainability in cities; urban management and sustainability 3-6-11-13-17 Arlindo Philippi Jr
Sustainable cities and communities 11 Brenda Chaves Coelho Leite
Promotion of healthy lifestyle through diet and physical activity 3-11 Bruno Gualano
Urban fauna: ecophysiological diversification in the colonization of urban environments
15 Carlos Arturo Navas Iannini
New post-COVID jobs accelerated with water diplomacy for resilient solutions in low impact development under global change 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
Eduardo Mario Mendiondo¹
Water security in the face of global climate change 3-6-10-11-13
Edson Cezar Wendland¹
Computing and data science applied to urban problems 1-3-4-5-10-11 Fábio Kon
Sustainability in urban public spaces 11 Fraya Frehse
Internet of things 2-4-7-9-10-11-13 Marcelo Knorich Zuffo
Ethanol as renewable energy in cities; urban afforestation 7-11 Marcos Buckeridge
Socioeconomic and ecologically sustainable alternatives in local and regional development 8-10-11-12-15 Maria da Penha Vasconcellos
Health and environment: air pollution, urban transport, built environment, climate change 11-13 Nelson Gouveia
Multifunctional landscapes with nature-based solutions for green infrastructure 9-11-13 Paulo Pellegrino
Environmental quality, gender, and walkability in degraded urban areas 3-5-11 Roberta Consentino Kronka Mulfarth
Health and well-being, quality education, gender equality 3-4-5 Roseli de Deus Lopes
Universalization of sanitation 6-10-11-13 Tadeu Fabrício Malheiros¹
Urban infrastructure, public services, and city management: legal and administrative aspects 6-9-11-16 Thiago Marrara de Matos²
Social and environmental justice and access to water; governance and popular participation in social and environmental forums 6-11 Wagner Costa Ribeiro
Environmental sanitation; sustainable cities and communities with an emphasis on solid waste and disasters; responsible consumption and production 6-11-12 Wanda Maria Risso Gunther
Subnormal agglomerates, water supply indices in Brazil and health conditions in its macro-regions 6 Wanderley da Silva Paganini

¹ A professor at USP's campus in São Carlos
² A professor at USP's campus in Ribeirão Preto

Submit your project

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Selected candidates must develop a strategic action plan for the period of their research project's conduction, consisting of activities distributed in the following axes:

  1. to hold at least one symposium aimed at the theoretical and methodological deepening on the topic of their research;
  2. to participate in the organization of UrbanSus seminars for advanced reflection on topics of interest to the USP Global Cities Program, aimed at disseminating advances in knowledge to the community;
  3. to prepare at least one digital article for publication on USP Global Cities Program's website;
  4. to submit at least one co-authored article for publication in a journal, book or book chapter;
  5. to collaborate with the expansion of scientific communication of the results of studies and research projects of members linked to the USP Global Cities Program.

Read the full call in Portuguese.