Cauam Ferreira Cardoso is a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Industrial Performance Center. Since the start of his professional career in 2002, he has lived on 6 different continents, and worked professionally on 5. After developing several socio-environmental and sanitation projects in Brazil, Cauam spent two years in Angola, where I worked with large-scale sanitation and solid waste management projects. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), initially serving in Cambodia, and later at FAO’s headquarters in Italy, supporting the development of food security projects worldwide.
At MIT, since the fall of 2012, Cauam has been conducting research on the interface between technological change and economic development in emerging countries, as well as the implementation of development policies and projects. He also continues to work as a consultant for public, private, and non-profit organizations working in and with countries in the Global South. Cauam has received several awards throughout his career, including the MIT Goodwin Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2017), and the ACSP Donald Schön Award for Excellence in Learning from Practice (2019).
Cauam has a PhD in International Development from MIT, a Master’s in Political Economy from the University of Sydney (Australia), and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, with qualification in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).