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Short bio

Rita Martins obtained a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra in 1994, a Master Degree and and a Ph.D. in Economics by the University of Coimbra in 1998 and 2008, respctively. She is currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the CeBER’s group Public Institutions and Public Policies for Sustainable Development. She is also a researcher at CeBER and member of the International Water Association. She participated in the Teachers Mobility Program ERASMUS+, at Charles University, Check Republic, where she taught a Short Course on Economic Regulation. Her publications include several articles in peer-reviewed international journals (Utilities Policy, Water Policy, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Policy Studies, Public Organization Review, among other journals) and national (Notas Económicas, Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais, among others), book chapters and working papers.


  • Former member of the project “Prices and behavioural responses in the water sector”, Consortium: ISCTE – IUL), UCP and ERSAR (PTDC/EGE-ECO/114477/2009)
  • Former member of the project “1986-2010: a Economia Portuguesa na União Europeia”; Consortium: CEF.UP; GEMF-UC; ICS-UL; NIPE-UM and FCT.
  • Former member of the project EMSURE - Energy for Sustainability of the University of Coimbra and supported by the Energy and Mobility for Sustainable Regions - EMSURE - Project (CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004)
  • Elaboration of water, wastewater and solid waste tariff schemes and its Economic Fundamentals for several municipalities.

Supervision of PhD Students

(ongoing) Economic and environmental sustainability of wastewater treatment facilities
Management – Decision Aiding Science
(ongoing) Evaluation and regulation in the water sector: an aggregation model
Management – Decision Aiding Science



Faculdade de Economia
Universidade de Coimbra
Av. Dias da Silva, 165


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