Research Associate: Luciana Andressa Martins de Souza

Luciana Andressa Martins de Souza

Research Associate, Spring 2008 and Fall 2008

Luciana Andressa Martins de Souza is a Ph.D. student at the Federal University of São Carlos in São Paulo and a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as a consultant to Brazilian municipal governments on a range of issues including public health policy, civil society and popular participation in local decision-making, i.e., participatory budgeting. Her dissertation examines the impact of the implementation of participatory budgeting on political and institutional changes related to the decision-making process and to local political representation in six Brazilian cities. Her research focuses on the consolidation of practices and political institutions that have the capacity to increase popular participation and government accountability.