Ricardo Santos is a Research Fellow of the United Nations University World Institute of Development Economics Research - UNU-WIDER, stationed in Maputo, Mozambique. He is also an Associate Researcher of the Institute of International Inequalities of the London School of Economics and a visiting researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNIC) of the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL).
He holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, a Master degree in Economics from the Nova University in Lisbon and an MA in Development Studies from IDS. His previous work in the development field includes voluntary work for one year in Timor-Leste as a member of a Portuguese NGO and, Program Manager for Timor-Leste and Angola and Deputy Executive Officer of the same NGO.
Prior to his work in the NGO, he worked in the Strategy Department on a major Portuguese company and, during that period, was an adviser to the company’s Board of Directors. His doctoral research examined the post-conflict labour market and education sector in Timor-Leste, looking at the medium-run impact of exposure to violence and conflict produce on the households ’choices regarding education, namely inquiring on impacts over the economic incentives for education.