Margarida Mano holds a PhD in Management awarded by the University of Southampton [UK] and Master’s and Bachelor's degrees in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra. She has been an economics and management teacher (strategic management, institutional assessment, quality management and economic policy) at FEUC since 1986.
She was Minister of Education and Science in the 20th Government of the Republic (2015) and member of the Portuguese Parliament (2015-2019). Previously she was Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra (2011-2015) and was responsible for strategic planning, financial affairs and social action. Margarida Mano began her career in the banking sector, where she worked from 1987 to 1996. She has held university management roles since that time, including Administrator (1996-2009) and Pro-Rector (2009-2011) of the University of Coimbra.
Her research interests have been focused on Higher Education Management, Governance and Foresight, Scenario Planning, Innovation and Strategy. Margarida Mano is the author of several publications, books and various articles in international scientific journals with peer-review (Revista de Administração Pública ; Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education; Journal of US-China Public Administration). She also has been participating, as a team member and/or as coordinator, in various research and knowledge transfer projects. She is a researcher at the CeBER.