Ricardo Santos is a UNU-WIDER Research Fellow stationed in Maputo, Mozambique, focused on the Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity -programme and Technical Resident Advisor to the Centre of Economics and Management Studies at the Faculty of Economics of Eduardo Mondlane University.
He holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, a master’s degree in economics from the Nova University, Lisbon, and an MA in Development Studies from IDS. 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 on households' choices regarding education, namely inquiring on impacts over the economic incentives for education.
His previous work in the development field includes voluntary work for one year with a Portuguese NGO as Program Manager for Timor-Leste and Angola, and Deputy Executive Officer of the same NGO. In his previous position, he was Social Policy Specialist on Public Finance with UNICEF Mozambique.