Dr. Pedro Conceição has been Chief of Profession and Director of Strategic Policy at UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support since October 2014. Before that, he was Chief-Economist and Head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at UNDP's Regional Bureau for Africa (from 1 December 2009).
Prior to this, Dr. Conceição was Director of the Office of Development Studies (ODS) from March 2007 to November 2009, and Deputy Director of ODS, from October 2001 to February 2007. His work on financing for development and on global public goods was published by Oxford University Press in books he co-edited (The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges, 2006; Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, 2003). He co-edited several books on the economics of innovation and technological change, including: Innovation, Competence Building, and Social Cohesion in Europe-Towards a Learning Society (Edward Elgar, 2002) and Knowledge for Inclusive Development (Quorum Books, 2001).
Dr. Conceição has published, amongst others journals, in the African Development Review, Review of Development Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
Prior to coming to UNDP, he was an Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology and innovation policy.
Dr. Conceição is a Portuguese national and holds degrees in Physics and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a PhD in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, with a Fulbright scholarship.