English Version Cebrap - Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento

A consolidated and globalized think tank

Founded in 1969 by a group of professors secluded from the universities during the most difficult years of the military regime (1964-85), Cebrap’s seminars, publications, and research reflected independent critical thinking and political resistance.

Active for four decades, Cebrap has concluded more than 500 research projects, worked with circa 200 national and international partners, and has established itself as a cutting-edge research center in the humanities, philosophy as well as in literary and artistic criticism, housing some of the country’s greatest intellectuals and serving as a debate forum on major national issues. Cebrap is among the world’s most influential think tanks, ranking 16th in the category "Top Think Tanks in Central and South America", and 35th in the "Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Public Programs" (Global Go To Think Tank Index, developed by the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania).

Currently, Cebrap is a globalized research center, with long-term international partnerships with research institutes, universities, funding agencies, and civil associations, mainly in the United States and Europe, but also from India, Africa, China, and Latin America.

Cebrap focuses on analyzing and intervening in the Brazilian reality, with its own workstyle, underscoring comparisons, combining expertise and interdisciplinarity, and in constant dialogue with the different theoretical and methodological perspectives of its anthropologists, political scientists, demographers, economists, philosophers, historians, jurists, and sociologists.

Training programs and intergenerational research teams

Cebrap currently comprises 166 fellow researchers, 68 of whom hold a PhD degree. While still maintaining some of its founders, Cebrap has attained a rare generational transition, functioning for decades as an incubator for two new generations of researchers. Cebrap has trained 116 young researchers on its Academic and Professional Training Course (1986-2002) and its Post-Doctoral Program (2003-2007). The success of these programs is attested by the large number of graduates in prominent positions in universities as well as within government positions.

Since 2009, Cebrap also houses the Young Researchers Center, comprised of MA and PhD humanities students engaged in research or already conducting research projects on their own.

As a result of this intergenerational conviviality, CEBRAP research teams currently count with the long and renowned experience of senior researchers and the vitality of new agendas and skills of the younger generation.

Publications and Virtual Library

Throughout its four decades, CEBRAP has edited 27 books, some of which have been decisive for Brazilian intellectual history, such as the solo works Economia brasileira: critica a razão dualista (1972), by Francisco de Oliveira; O modelo político brasileiro e outros ensaios (1972), by Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Trabalho e Reflexão (1983), by José Arthur Giannotti, and several collective works, especially , São Paulo 1975: Crescimento e Pobreza (1976), by José Álvaro Moisés, Lucius Kowarick, Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida, Paul Israel Singer, and Vinicius Caldeira Brant; ; O Povo em Movimento (1982), coordinated by Paul Singer and Vinícius Caldeira Brant; São Paulo: Trabalhar e Viver (1989), coordinated by Vinícius Caldeira Brant.

Cebrap has always maintained serial publications: Estudos Cebrap (27 issues between 1971 and 1980), Cadernos Cebrap and Cadernos Cebrap – Nova Série (38 issues between 1971 and 1986), Cadernos de Pesquisa (8 issues), and Estudos de População Cebrap (8 issues between 1977 and 1982).

Novos Estudos Cebrap has been in circulation since 1981, a quarterly publication with 94 editions and more than 1500 published articles. Being an interdisciplinary journal of wide national circulation, it has become a mandatory reference in the Brazilian humanities, publishing cutting-edge papers by Brazilian and foreign researchers and renowned for its excellence, with top scores in all of the Humanities in the Capes evaluation (Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination).

Many of these publications, circa 800 documents, are available free of charge on Cebrap’s Virtual Library (www.cebrap.org) and many other more recent publications are also available on CEM’s website (www.centrodametropole.org.br).

Moreover, Cebrap´s researchers are widely published in Brazilian and international leading-edge scientific journals as well as in newspapers and magazines targeting the wider public debate.

Seminars and courses

Since its foundation in 1969, Cebrap has been organizing public seminars to discuss breaking issues in politics and economics, the international scenario, and emerging research topics in the humanities. Renowned national and international intellectuals have taken part in our sessions, such as José Arthur Giannotti, Elza Berquó, Ruth Cardoso, Roberto Schwarz, Rodrigo Naves, Ismael Xavier, Francisco de Oliveira, Paul Singer, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Internationally speaking, we have welcomed prominent names in the social sciences, such as Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Adam Przeworski, Manuel Castells, and Albert Hirshman. Moreover, public-decision maker and names with national expression in several areas have debated their works at Cebrap.

More recently, Cebrap has also invested in training courses in research techniques on public policies offered to college students, non-governmental organizations, and officials from different government levels.


Cebrap has a four-decade long tradition with research in the social sciences. Researchers resort to a variety of research methods, such as international comparative studies, socioeconomic diagnoses and surveys, case studies, ethnographies, focus groups, and evaluations on policies and social programs as well as consultancies to local, state, and federal governments. Over the past five years, the Center has worked with an annual average of 10 research projects.

Currently, Cebrap conducts ongoing research on citizenship, elections, political institutions, participation, governance, social movements, socioenvironmental conflicts, public policies on health and education, affirmative action and racial inequality, demographic changes, urban growth and mobility, metropolitan poverty and vulnerability, labor market, development, technological innovation, civil, social, reproductive and cultural rights, South-South cooperation, youth, religion, history, philosophy, law and moral.

Thematic Areas and Research teams

CEBRAP is currently organized into six major areas, grouping 18 research centers:

Centre for Metropolitan Studies (CEM)

Coordinator: Marta Arretche centrodametropole@cebrap.org.br

CEM’s scientific project is to investigate the complex role of public policies on poverty alleviation and inequality reduction by means of a comprehensive project addressing four broad dimensions: (i) measuring current and past social inequalities regarding race, migration, labor market, income, urban conditions, education, gender, and political behavior; (ii) understanding the independent effect of public policies on social conditions and inequality reduction; (iii) understanding the role of political institutions on the decision-making of redistributive policies, particularly in voting behavior and law-making process, and (iv) mapping alternative forms of governance in urban areas and their connections with the State in order to understand "who governs what?".

Culture and Public Space

Religions in the Contemporary World

Coordinator: Paula Montero religiao@cebrap.org.br

Starting from a theoretical dialogue with Jürgen Habermas, this research center restores the contemporary debate regarding the relationship between religion and public space. The starting point analyzes how the religious field has positioned itself toward provocative questions within Brazilian society, such as abortion, drugs, disability, and ethical issues of major impact in the media. If, as Habermas intends, religions do not necessarily translate their religious arguments into political arguments to provide a public opinion, there needs to be an understanding – through a systematic analysis of religious discourse – of the grammar, reasoning, and production of meaning that religions launch into the public space as well as an assessment of their persuasiveness.

Urban Ethnography

Coordinator: Ronaldo de Almeida etnografias.urbanas@cebrap.org.br

The Urban Ethnography research center comprises social science researchers and focuses on contemporary urban transformations, especially in large Brazilian cities. Inequality and poverty, religious transformations, public policy, urban violence, and psychoactive drug use and trafficking are some of its main research subjects, with urban peripheries being the prime research locus. In privileging investigations at the level of the social phenomena, the Center resorts to ethnography as its main methodology, without abandoning its articulation with other quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

Digital Culture

Coordinator: Pedro Puntoni puntoni@usp.br

The popularization of the Internet in the mid-1990s and information technology modeled after digital devices (built from algorithms based on discrete values) has produced a new form of society. The global impact of this new technological environment has immersed, in one way or another, almost every other knowledge system. The fields of knowledge and social action have somehow been changed and/or permeated by digital devices and technologies. Some more radical analyses, based on the discoveries of the modern Science of the Mind (E. Kandel), have argued out that the very working of brain may be changing (N. Carr). The Digital Humanities have sought to consolidate production of knowledge on the possible uses of new information management tools for research, its impact on methodologies and concepts, and to meditate on the very creation of this new intellectual environment. Cebrap’s Digital Culture Center brings together researchers and collaborators interested in reflecting upon this cultural space and its implications in the production of knowledge in the humanities. Our goal is also to interfere practically upon digital culture, proposing new instruments and tools for the democratization of access to knowledge and to the appreciation of Brazilian culture.

Development, Environment and Inequality

Development and International Cooperation

Coordinator: Alexandre Barbosa desenvolvimento.cooperacao@cebrap.org.br

This research center seeks to understand the role Brazil currently plays in the new global economic and geopolitical fields. On the one hand, we try to analyze the various ways external integration may affect the internal performance of the Brazilian economy. On the other hand, it shows the potential of new cooperation patterns for Brazil, not only through trade and investments, but also in the geopolitical arena: through relationships with Northern countries (at the G-20, WTO, and other multilateral organizations), but also with Southern countries (BRICS, Latin American and African countries). The understanding of both dimensions comprising Brazil’s new global insertion – and how they interact with each other – is strategic for establishing a new development pattern, one that is more inclusive and dynamic, able to provide a more constructive role in the geopolitics of the post-Western world.

Development and Inequality

Coordinator: Marcia Lima desenvolvimento.desigualdade@cebrap.org.br

This research center brings together researchers interested in investigating economic development, its ramifications on inequality, and public policies in Brazil related to this area. In this direction, it conducts research on regional and urban development, science, technology and innovation, and the labor market. The research addresses the production and reproduction of inequalities across different spheres and follows the debate regarding the creation of universal and focal policies to tackle these inequalities. Currently, the team is working on research related to: racial and gender inequalities in the educational system and labor market; and regional inequalities within the Brazilian productive structure and its Science, Technology, and Innovation infrastructure.

Territories and Socioenvironmental Conflicts

Coordinator: Arilson Favareto territorios.ambientais@cebrap.org.br

This research center privileges two major research lines. On the one hand, it analyses the structure and dynamics of social conflicts pertaining to the use of natural resources, the collective mobilization resulting therefrom, and the establishment and operation of institutions and regulatory forums for such relationships. On the other hand, it investigates the interdependencies between institutions, territorial dynamics, and the environment, underlining public and private policies and strategies for promoting territorial development and sustainability.

Philosophy, Law and Democracy

Law and Democracy

Coordinator: José Rodrigo Rodriguez direito.democracia@cebrap.org.br

This research center investigates the relations between moral, legal, and political topics. The relationship between law and politics, which is at the center of the debate on judicial control in Brazil, is the main axis of the theoretical and empirical research developed by the Center.


Coordinator: Luiz Henrique Lopes dos Santos filosofia@cebrap.org.br

Constantly open to research and interdisciplinary dialogue, the Philosophy Center combines logical investigations (in the broadest sense of the term) with the examination of fundamental problems within the humanities and practical philosophy, seeking to bring a critical debate to the general Brazilian debate.

Institutions, Movements, and Political Processes

Democracy and Collective Action

Coordinator: Adrian Gurza Lavalle acao.coletiva@cebrap.org.br

The focus of this research center is to understand the new paths taken by contemporary democracies by focusing on the changing roles of collective actors. The Center encompasses a diverse range of themes, such as accountability, new forms of representation, civil society organization networks, participative spaces, interaction between institutions and social actors, amongst others.

Political Institutions and Elections

Coordinator: Andrea Freitas politica.eleicao@cebrap.org.br

The Political Institutions and Elections research center – Nipe – focuses on recent political processes, particularly in Brazil, with an emphasis on the institutional system and its effects on electoral behavior, the decision-making process, and public policies. It seeks to participate in the political and social dynamics of the country by fostering academic and professional training and by engaging in political and institutional debate. Its main purpose is to use technical and analytical rigor, typical to scientific enquiry, in order to influence the public debate.

Political Institutions and Social Movements under a Historical Perspective

Coordinator: Angela Alonso politica.historia@cebrap.org.br

This research center analyzes political processes, the relationship between State and society, institutional dynamics, and political and intellectual movements during the Empire and the First Republic.

Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

Coordinator: Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida mhbtdalm@usp.br

Population and Public Policies

Citizenship and Reproduction Commission (CCR)

Coordinator: Margareth Arrilha ccr@cebrap.org.br

CCR's mission is to promote respect and advocate for the rights of the Brazilian population to freedom and dignity in sexuality, and to promote health and sexual and reproductive rights as human rights. Founded in 1991 and located in São Paulo, at Cebrap, the CCR Board of Directors incorporates specialists from the fields of social sciences, medicine, humanities, and law. CCR acts upon national realities by generating information and providing subsidies for the formulation and monitoring of State public policies. CCR foments strategic thought and the flow of information among different sections of society, including social movements, through the use of research, the development of innovating methodologies, and the fostering of knowledge and debates,. Thus, CCR intends to maintain a dynamic and permanent dialogue not only with society as a whole, but also with NGOs, governmental institutions, social movements, and with the mass media. Moreover, it works to influence the actions of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches in Brazil, from national to municipal spheres. In the last few years, CCR has gained important visibility in the national and international scenario as being the think tank for reproductive rights in the country. CCR is recognized as a house that produces and applies model strategic actions, followed by other organizations, and constantly attempting to influence and transform public opinion.

Citizenship, Health, and Development

Coordinator: Vera Schattan cidadania.saude@cebrap.org.br

The Citizenship, Health, and Development Center (NCD) is dedicated to researching and discussing ongoing processes pertaining to democratization and development in Brazil and other countries. Created in 2006, the Center conducts comparative studies, seminars, workshops, and consultancy work, which attempts to strengthen the dialogue between academic circles, public managers, and civil society entities. Through these activities, the NCD seeks to contribute to the consolidation of democracy and the expansion of citizenship within Brazilian society. NCD's research agenda consists of issues pertaining to the inclusion and democratization of social relations as well as the capacity of the political system to reconcile citizenship’s desirable pluralism to the constant demand for development. NCD’s main research lines include: 1) Health Policies; 2) Democracy, Development, and Public Policies; 3) Citizenship, Participation, Deliberation and Social Mobilization.


Coordinator: Haroldo Torres educacao@cebrap.org.br

Since its inception, Cebrap has conducted several studies on education in Brazil and the educational policies within different administrative and government levels. Cebrap has thus accumulated solid expertise in these issues, especially when associated with public policies.


Coordinator: Elza Berquó popu@cebrap.org.br

This center develops studies related to society’s ongoing socio-demographic transformations. It provides special attention to the demography of inequalities, which includes issues pertaining to gender, generation, and ethnic relations. It also engages researchers in the field of sexual and reproductive rights in order to evaluate and monitor public policies, particularly those regarding sexuality and youth.


Center for Young Researchers

Created in 2008, the center brings together researchers from different areas and work experiences in the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM).
The NJP has an inherently interdisciplinary nature and seeks to develop projects and consultancy in social sciences, economics, public policy, and related areas, focusing on the following activities:

  • Data production and analysis
  • Consultancy in research methods
  • Construction of social, economic, and political indicators
  • Evaluation of public policies
  • Mini-courses and thematic workshops

Novos Estudos Cebrap Journal – See novosestudos.uol.com.br

Partners and funders

Cebrap has a budget that ranges from R$3 to R$4 million a year thanks to funding from national and international research agencies, the support from national, state and municipal governments, and consultancy projects.

The following organizations have financed or still finance Cebrap’s projects, either as partners or by hiring our services:

National: Conselho Nacional do Desenvolvimento Científico – CNPq, FAPESP, FINEP, Fundação Carlos Chagas, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Fundação Seade, Ibama, IPEA, Ministério da Saúde, EMPLASA, Ministério das Cidades, Ministério da Justiça, Ministério do Desenvolvimento e Ação Social, Prefeitura do Município de São Paulo, Prefeitura do Município de Guarulhos, Prefeitura de Teresina, Secretaria da Saúde do Estado de São Paulo, Secretaria de Planejamento do Estado de São Paulo, Secretaria de Emprego e Relações de Trabalho do Estado de São Paulo, Secretaria do Esporte, Lazer e Recreação da PMSP, Prefeitura da Estância Turística de Embu, Tribunal de Contas do Estado de Mato Grosso; FUNDAP (Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Administrativo), SABESP, ABDI (Agência Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial), SEBRAE.

Global: British Council, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, IDS/DRC – CFS (Sussex University), IDS/DRC – CPA (Sussex University), PNUD, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO, Tides Foundation, Institute of International Education, The Research Council of Norway, European Union, Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el aborto inseguro (CLACAI), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC/UK), Fundo Ellas, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS ).

Founders and Partners

A group of 22 researchers founded CEBRAP, the majority of them intellectuals, which redefined how we understand Brazil and who played an active role in shaping the country’s public intellectual life, such as José Arthur Giannotti, Elza Berquó, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Over time, other leading intellectuals have joined the institution, such as Antonio Candido de Mello e Souza, Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida, Luiz Henrique dos Santos; Bolivar Lamounier; Boris Fausto; Eunice Ribeiro Durham; Fernando Novais; Guillermo O'Donnell; Lúcio Felix Frederico Kowarick; Jorge Luiz Werneck Vianna; Luiz Felipe de Alencastro; Roberto Schwarz; Rodrigo Naves; Vilmar Faria. Cebrap currently has 78 partners, part of whom work in the institution exercising advisory positions.

Partners: Adrian Gurza Lavalle, Alvaro Augusto Comin, Amauri Bier, Angela Maria Alonso, Antonio Candido de Mello e Souza, Antonio Ignácio Angarita Ferreira da Silva, Antônio Kandir, Antônio Kandir, Argelina Maria Cheibub Figueiredo, Betty Mindlin, Bolivar Lamounier, Carlos Eduardo Torres Freire, Carmen Sylvia Junqueira, Celso Lafer, Danielle Ardaillon, Diana Reiko Tutiya Oya Sawyer, Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques, Elza Salvatori Berquó, Esdras Borges Costa, Eunice Ribeiro Durham, Fernando de Magalhães Papaterra Limongi, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Fernando Novais, Francisco Correa Weffort, Francisco Maria Cavalcanti de Oliveira, Frederico Mathias Mazzucchelli, George Avelino Filho, Geraldo Muller, Gesner José Oliveira Filho, Haroldo da Gama Torres, Jair Lício Ferreira Santos, José Arthur Giannotti, José Reginaldo Prandi, José Serra, Josildeth Gomes Consorte, Leôncio Martins Rodrigues Neto, Lídia Goldenstein, Lúcio Felix Frederico Kowarick, Luiz Antônio de Castro Santos, Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, Luiz Carlos Costa, Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Luiz Henrique Lopes dos Santos, Manoel Tosta Berlinck, Marcia Regina de Lima Silva, Marcos Severino Nobre, Maria Carolina S. Leme, Maria Flora Gonçalves, Maria Graciela Gonzalez Perez de Morell, Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, Maria Nazareth Ferreira, Maria Teresa Sales de Melo Suarez, Marleida T. Borges, Marta Teresa da Silva Arretche, Maurício Segall, Melanie Farkas, Miriam Dolhnikoff, Mônica Baer, Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Orlando Sampaio Silva, Oswaldo Herbster de Gusmão, Paul Israel Singer, Paula Montero, Paulo Alves Pinto, Paulo Sandroni, Pedro Luiz de Barros Silva, Pedro Paulo Poppovic, Plínio Soares de Arruda Sampaio Júnior, Rebeca de Souza e Silva, Roberto Schwarz, Rodrigo Naves, Ronaldo Porto Macedo Júnior, Ronaldo Rômulo Machado de Almeida, Rubens Murillo Marques, Rui de Britto Álvares Affonso, Teresa Pires do Rio Caldeira, Vera Schattan Ruas Coelho, Waldomiro Pecht, Walter Barelli.

Directors and Coordinators


Angela Alonso amalonso115@gmail.com

Research Director

Ronaldo Almeida, director ronaldormalmeida@gmail.com

Carlos Eduardo Torres Freire, Adjunct Research Director catorresfreire@gmail.com

Managing Director

Mauricio Fiore maufiore@gmail.com

Marta Machado, Adjunct Managin Director martarodriguezmachado@gmail.com

Seminar coordinators

Marcia Lima marcialimausp@gmail.com

Rúrion Soares Melo rurionsm@hotmail.com

Course coordinator

Maria Carolina de Oliveira mcarololiveira@gmail.com

Contact Information

Rua Morgado de Mateus, 615 – 040145-902, São Paulo, Brazil

Telephone: (55 11) 5574-0399 – Fax: (55 11) 5574-5928

Email: cebrap@cebrap.org.br


Rua Morgado de Mateus, 615 - Vila Mariana - São Paulo/SP | CEP 04015-051 | (11) 5574 0399 / (11) 5574 5928 | cebrap.comunicacao@gmail.com