Senior Manager, Research, Data, and Innovation, WRI Brasil
Thiago Guimarães is the Senior Manager for Research, Data, and Innovation at WRI Brasil. He works across the Cities, Climate and Forests programs to promote robust and evidence-based research. Thiago builds capacity and provides guidance on the development of project proposals, research design, data collection and analysis, and scientific communication. He also oversees the peer review process of knowledge products authored by WRI Brasil, ensuring that publications are designed to inform decision-making and deliver actionable results. Working closely with the Global RDI team, Thiago also contributes to integrating social equity into programmatic research. Thiago’s more recent research focused on the accessibility to healthcare by low-income urban communities in Brazil and the mutual relationships between social, health and transport-related inequalities. He is proficient in spatial, statistical and econometric data analysis, and qualitative methods.
Prior to joining WRI, Thiago was a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Transport Planning and Logistics of the Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), worked with the implementation of public policy in São Paulo and wrote on urban development and transport issues for several media, including news magazines, websites and weblogs.
Thiago holds a PhD in Transport Studies from the University of Leeds (UK) and received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from the HafenCity University Hamburg (Germany). Thiago holds undergraduate degrees (B.Sc.) in Economics and Social Communication from the University of São Paulo and was an exchange student at the Free University of Berlin and the Europa-Universität Flensburg (Germany). His undergraduate thesis on urban congestion charging was awarded by the University of São Paulo in 2006. The Max Brauer Foundation awarded his Master thesis on public transport and social exclusion for the outstanding contribution in the field of transport planning.