Dr. Clovis Freire Junior

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation

Clovis Freire is an Economic Affairs Officer at the Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations in New York. 

A Computer Engineer by training, he started his career as Lieutenant Engineer of the Brazilian Air Force in 1997, where he worked on computer networks and network security for five years. During that period he also taught Computer Sciences at the UPIS University in Brasilia, Brazil. After that, he managed the department of technology development of an ICT consultancy firm in Brasilia, part of the engineering consulting Group Altran. In 2003 he joined the United Nations as Computer Network Engineer at the Headquarters in New York and in 2005 he moved to Bangkok to work in the area of ICT for socioeconomic development at ESCAP. For the following five years he worked in the areas of space applications for development, reduction of risk of natural disasters, and assessment of progress towards the achievement of the MDGs. In 2010 he joined the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of ESCAP working on poverty reduction, economic growth and structural change, with a particular focus on the least developed countries of the Asia-Pacific region.In 2015 he returned to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to work in support of the science-policy interface for sustainable development. 

Clovis holds a Computer Engineer degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Brazil, a Master's degree in Computer Sciences from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil.

His research interests covers sustainable development, economic growth and structural transformation, evolutionary economics, economic diversification and strategies for building the productive capacities of developing countries.

Selected publications by Clovis Freire Junior