Rui Pedro Lourenço obtained his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Coimbra University in 1992. Since then, and until 1998, he worked as a systems analyst and programmer at several private companies. In 1998 he joined the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra as an Assistant Teacher and obtained (2000) his Masters in Information Management degree. In 2008 he received his PhD in Management Science with the dissertation “Public Participation Support Systems: a Collaborative Writing Model” from Coimbra University. He is currently an Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Economics and a researcher at the INESC Coimbra and CeBER R&D centers.
His publications include articles in several peer-reviewed international journals (such as Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity and Transforming Government: People, Processes and Policy) and conferences (such as HICSS and IFIP Working Group 8.5 ePart/eGov).