Dr. Liliana Fernandes is a member of the Católica Porto Business School of the Catholic University of Portugal, where she has been teaching and developing research for more than a decade now.

Liliana’s teaching has been much diversified, going from Macroeconomics to Economics and Public Policy, and she currently holds professorships in Social Economics, Economics of Social Problems and Social Policy and Territorial Development Policy.

Liliana’s main research interests fall under the broad categories of poverty and welfare. Her most recent research focused on child well-being indicators, for which she was awarded with the “Kamerman & Kahn Young Scholar Award”. She has taken part in several research projects related with topics such as the non-profit sector, social innovation, restructuring of the welfare state and she assumed the role of principal country investigator on a project which focus on children’s subjective well-being.

Liliana was also a member of the advisory board for UNICEF’s Report Card 12 and she was engaged, as an instructor, in a Social Protection course in Mozambique, organized by EPRI. She currently stands as senior associate research fellow at the recently formed Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI).