Sandra Macedo

Sandra Macedo

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Personal profile

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am a PhD student at the School of International Development at UEA (October 2019). I am concerned with major global development issues, but particularly interested in education, race, gender, inequality, microeconomics, policy evaluation and causal inference.  For my thesis, I am investigating the effects of the Brazilian affirmative action regulation for higher education on pre-college outcomes and educational inequalities.  Additional studies approach gender and racial inequalities in education. I am a Stata user, with basic knowledge of R and Python.

Academic Background

 
  • MSc in Economics of the Public Sector, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil (2017)
  • Bachelor in Economics, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil  (2000)
  • MBA in Finance, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - Coppead, Brazil (2003)
Main additional trainings: 
  • Causal Inference (2022)
  • Leadership and Management for Development and Integration by CEPAL/ILPES (Cartagena, September 2014)
  • Basic Project Management from Petrobras (2012)
 

Professional Activities

 
I have worked for Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, for the last 20 years. During this period, I had different roles in different sectors. My major responsibilities involved business analysis, strategic planning, marketing and customer relationship management, fostering local SME suppliers, among others. More recently, I've been involved in communication and corporate social responsibility activities, such as, monitoring social programmes, external relations and community engagement. I am fascinated with the work of local NGOs with lots of good intentions, great ideas but lack of the right tools to impact change. This experience inspired me to seek a deeper understanding of evaluation techniques and development issues, and motivated me to return to school to become a researcher.  My interest in education came from 10-year volunteer work teaching human values to disadvantaged children,
 
Before Petrobras, I worked as an intern at the Bank of Northeast (BNB), a development bank for the Northeast region, conducting sector analyses and a short experience at the Government of Ceara working with the development of local industrial clusters.
Languages: Portuguese (native), English and Spanish

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities