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Academic / Professional qualifications

Liliana de Almeida Fonseca is a Research Associate at U. Strathclyde's EPRC, where she develops comparative research on European cohesion policy, regional development, innovation and sustainability. She is a former Fellow of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network under the research project RUNIN (Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development). Under this project, she has completed her PhD in the field of Public Policies at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal.

Her previous studies focused on political science, governance, urban and regional sustainability and grassroots initiatives, holding an MSc in Eco-Cities from Cardiff University's School of Geography and Planning, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Role of Universities in Regional Innovation Policies and Practices, Universidade de Aveiro

1 Feb 201716 Feb 2022

Award Date: 16 Feb 2022

Master in Science, Eco-Cities, Cardiff University

26 Aug 20151 Oct 2016

Award Date: 1 Oct 2016

Bachelor of Social Science, Political Science and International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

1 Sept 20101 Oct 2013

Award Date: 1 Oct 2013


  • public policy
  • regional development
  • urban studies
  • sustainability
  • International Relations
  • innovation
  • higher education


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  • IND+I Science 2017

    Fonseca, Liliana (Recipient), 8 Feb 2018

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