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Assoc Prof Dr Roberta Souza Piao | Food Systems | Women Researcher Award

Associate Professor at  Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Roberta de Castro Souza Pião has an extensive academic and professional background in the field of Production Engineering, with a focus on sustainable value chains. Here’s a brief summary of her education, professional history, scientific results, research grants, and academic indicators:


Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

👩‍🎓 Education and Training:

  • 1991-1995: Undergraduate Degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS).
  • 1996-1998: Master’s Degree in Production Engineering from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR).
  • 2001-2005: PhD in Production Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
  • 2017: Post-Doctoral at Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS), Royal Holloway, University of London.

👩‍💼 Professional History:

  • 2007-2020: PhD Professor at Production Engineering Department, USP.
  • 2007: PhD Professor at Food Engineering Department, USP.
  • 2007-2010: PhD Professor at Production Engineering Department, Centro Universitario FEI.
  • 2014-2016, 2019, 2020–Present: Coordinator of Research Area, Production Engineering Department, USP.
  • 2020–Present: Associate Professor, Production Engineering Department, Polytechnic School, USP.

👩‍🏫 International Research Experience:

  • Conducted a postdoctoral program at the University of London in 2017.
  • Collaborated on projects with researchers from the UK, Ghana, France, and Mozambique.
  • Participated in international conferences and workshops.

👨‍🔬 Research Focus:

Roberta de Castro Souza Pião’s research spans diverse areas within sustainable development, with a particular focus on agriculture. Her work explores social innovation’s transformative role in agriculture, examining its impact as a game changer (Fernandes et al., 2024). She delves into the barriers hindering the transition to a Circular Economy, uncovering diverse stakeholder perspectives (Souza Piao et al., 2023). The governance of collaboration for sustainable development is another facet of her expertise, shedding light on the intricacies of this “black box” phenomenon (Vazquez-Brust et al., 2020). Additionally, she investigates Green Growth and Agriculture in Brazil, contributing to the discourse on sustainable practices in this vital sector (Souza Piao et al., 2021). Her research also extends to the adoption of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) in the Brazilian coffee production context, exploring the dynamics of value chain upgrading (Bengo et al., 2019). Overall, Dr. Souza Pião’s research endeavors reflect a comprehensive commitment to advancing sustainability within agriculture.


Since 2019, Roberta de Castro Souza Pião has garnered significant recognition in the academic community, with impressive citation metrics:

  • Total Citations:
    • All Time: 553 citations
    • Since 2019: 414 citations
  • H-index:
    • All Time: h-index of 11
    • Since 2019: h-index of 9
  • i10 Index:
    • All Time: i10 Index of 13
    • Since 2019: i10 Index of 7

These metrics underscore the impact and influence of Dr. Souza Pião’s research, showcasing her substantial contributions to the scholarly landscape. The consistent growth in citations since 2019 is indicative of the enduring relevance and significance of her work in the academic community.

Publications Top Notes:

  1. “Do clean development mechanisms promote sustainable development in Brazil? A cross-sectoral investigation”
    • Authors: Gurfinkel M. Godoy, S., Macchione Saes, M.S., Schnaider, P.S.B., Castro Souza Piao, R.
    • Published in Revista de Gestao, 2024, 31(1), pp. 65–79.
  2. “Barriers toward circular economy transition: Exploring different stakeholders’ perspectives”
    • Authors: Souza Piao, R., Vincenzi, T.B., Vazquez-Brust, D.A., Bonsu, S., Carvalho, M.M.
    • Published in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 2024, 31(1), pp. 153–168.
  3. “How is the circular economy embracing social inclusion?”
    • Authors: Souza Piao, R., de Vincenzi, T.B., da Silva, A.L.F., Vazquez-Brust, D., Monteiro Carvalho, M.
    • Published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, 2023, 411, 137340.
  4. “Drivers of support for corporate social responsibility: what matters most to Brazilian business leaders”
    • Authors: Gimenes, F.S., Souza Piao, R.
    • Published in the Social Responsibility Journal, 2023, 19(2), pp. 328–343.
  5. “Strategies for Social Inclusion in Circular Economy”
    • Authors: Souza-Piao, R., de Vincenzi, T.B., de Carvalho, M.M.
    • Published in Greening of Industry Networks Studies, 2023, 10, pp. 265–282.


Roberta Souza Piao | Food Systems | Women Researcher Award

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