Nuclei and Research Groups


NEFI – Center for Studies in Finance

The NEFI is the official group of research and graduate in Finance of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and aims to develop research in the area of Finance, besides providing skilled labor force to work in the financial sector. The main research themes studied by NEFI researchers are:

  • Capital market: studies the general system for distribution of securities, securities issued by companies and their capitalization processes;
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance: applies knowledge, develops methodology/theory in the area of Statistical Modeling, Mathematics and Computation to studies in Finance;
  • Corporate Finance: directed to the study of the reflexes of attitudes taken by the financial managers on the company value, as well as the development of tools which can aid in such decisions.

Coordinator: Guilherme Kirch –

Marcelo Perlin
Flávio Augusto Ziegelmann
João Frois Caldeira
Marcelo Savino Portugal
Tiago Pascoal Filomena
Marcelo Brutti Righi

Information Systems and Information Technology

ITII – Information, Intelligence and Information Technology

The objective of the ITII group is to coordinate research efforts related to the broad themes of Information management, Intelligence and Innovation, with themes ranging from knowledge management, weak signs and anticipatory signs, to Information Technology management and governance, Information Governance and consolidate theoretical and applied scientific work in an University-company partnership. The ITII group is composed of a team of doctoral professors and students of different levels: Doctorate, Academic/Professional Master’s and Undergraduate (scientific initiation). The group has relationships with universities in the country and abroad through its members. The Universities in Brazil are FGV/SP, FURG/RS and UNISC/RS. The International Universities are: University of Antwerp (Belgium); National Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina), Carleton University (Canada), Texas A&M (USA) and Pierre Mendès-France University (France). Publications happen in national and international congresses and journals, books and chapters.

Antonio Carlos Gaustad Maçada –
Raquel Janissek Muniz –

Ariel Behr
Fernanda Maciel Reichert
Gilmar D’Agostini Oliveira Casalinho
Guilherme Lerch Lunardi
Pietro Cunha Dolci
Ángel Agustín Argañaraz
Alessandro Antunes Bocaccio
Aline de Vargas Pinto
André Luiz de Castro Oliveira
Claudia Melati
Fernanda da Silva Momo
Gabriela Labres Mallmann
Giovana Sordi Schiavi
Gustavo Percio Zimmermann Montesdioca
Josué Marques Pasin
José Carlos da Silva Freitas Junior
Luciana Nogueira Bortoli
Maria Isabel Arias
Natália Marroni Borges
Rafael Alfonso Brinkhues
Thaís Touguinha Zeltser

Innovation, Technology and Sustainability

1. GPS – Research Group on Sustainability and Innovation

The Research group on sustainability and innovation (GPS) is formed by professors, Doctoral students, Master’s, specialists and undergraduates interested in researching and spreading knowledge and good practices on sustainability. The GPS has the Graduate Program in Administration of EA/UFRGS as the basis of its actions and is linked with several educational and research institutions. Moreover, it is a group open to the participation of other stakeholders as well as to the development of projects aimed at promoting sustainability.

Coordinator: Luis Felipe Nascimento –

Cleber José Cunha Dutra
Daniela Callegaro de Menezes
Doriana Daroit
José Carlos Lázaro da Silva Filho
Lúcia Rejane da Rosa Gama Madruga
Luis Felipe Nascimento
Marcelo Trevisan
Márcia Barcellos
Cláudio Senna Venzke
Daiane Mülling Neutzling
Marilia Bonzanini Bossle
Minelle Enéas da Silva
Paola Schmitt Figueiró
Ana Paula Ferreira Alves
Fernando Cesar Russo Gomes
Gabriele Volkmer
Rafael de Lucena Perini
Valéria Schneider Vidal
Martiele Cortes Borges
Carlos Alberto Frantz dos Santos
Marcio Luis Miron Jappe
Michelli Brum Guillen
Nilo Barcelos Alves
Patrícia Dias
Renata Czykiel
Renata Fernandes Guzzo
Sandra Regina Cela
Virgínia Sebastião da Silva

2. NITEC – Center for Studies on Innovation

The NITEC is an interdisciplinary center in constant interaction with society. Its members aim to generate and spread knowledge on the management of technological innovation, production and technological strategies focusing on the competitiveness of companies and sustainable development. Within the research lines of the group, it is worth highlighting the one that investigates the innovation of the industrial sector in Rio Grande do Sul.

Currently, it counts on the participation of researchers and professors that are nationally and internationally renowned, as well as Doctoral, Master’s and Undergraduate students. The international prestige of the group is achieved in the high productivity level and in the partnerships between NITEC through the PPGA/UFRGS, with great Business Schools recognized worldwide.

Coordinator: Paulo Antonio Zawislak –

Management and labor relations

1. GINEIT – Interdisciplinary Group for the Study of Innovation in Labor

The GINEIT was created in July 1995 at the PPGA/UFRGS with the objective of developing research on innovation and labor. The group adds knowledge of and about labor and factors that affect the worker’s lives. It seeks to perform and disseminate interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research projects that integrate networks of researchers from different areas dedicated to these themes (professionals, teachers, undergraduates, Master’s, Doctoral students and scholarship students of technical support and scientific initiation).

The main research lines of the group are:

  • Human Resources Management and Labor Relations;
  • Labor Market;
  • Employability and Labor Market;
  • New Occupations and Forms of Work Organization;
  • Role of the State in Labor Relations;
  • Teaching- Learning in Administration;
  • Career and Profession;
  • Diversity in Organizations;
  • Work, Management and Subjectivity.

Coordinator: Sidinei Rocha de Oliveira –

Andrea Poleto Oltramari
Carmem Grisci
Elaine Di Diego Antunes
Fernanda Tarabal Lopes
Maria Beatriz Rodrigues
Valmiria Carolina Piccinini

2. NAVi – Virtual Learning Center 

The NAVi was founded in September 2008, at the School of Administration of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, under the initiative of the researchers Luís Roque Klering and Christine da Silva Schröeder. It involves professionals from different backgrounds, producing knowledge about distance education, teaching in Administration and training people in public organizations. The group name is related to the virtual learning environment (VLA) of the same name: the NAVi Platform, a free Brazilian software developed at EA/UFRGS on the end of the 1990s, by a team coordinated by Professor Klering. This VLA has already been used internally and externally at UFRGS in undergraduate, graduate, extension and training courses for public servants in Brazil. The group acts as a diffuser of the academic production in ODL generated by the use of the platform and discusses implications of the training of administrators and public servants in Brazil.

Coordinator: Christine da Silva Schröeder –
Vice-coordinator: Silvestre Novak –

Alexandra Jochims Kruel
Augusto Tejera De Ré
Elaine Di Diego Antunes
Maria Beatriz Rodrigues
Marina Keiko Nakayama
Mary da Rocha Biancamano
Sandro Trescastro Bergue
Natalia Gomes da Silva
Nádia Novais da Rocha
Paxuca Barcellos Sanchez
Mirtha Goalconda Vasques Rodrigues

3. NIPETS – Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Studies on the Third Sector

Established in 1998 within the scope of the Graduate Program in Administration/PPGA at UFRGS, the NIPETS group’s researchers come from the areas of Social Science and Applied Social Sciences involved in transdisciplinary research subjects. Among the traditional international partners of this Center are: the Centre de Recherche sur le Développement de Communautés (CRDC/UQH); Alliance de Recherche Université Communauté (ARUC/UQM) in Canada, the Institute de l’Afrique Noir and the University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV), respectively in Senegal and Cape Verde. In France, we have CLERSE, the Centre Lillois de Recherche in Economie et Sociologie (Université de Lille) in Lille, and the IRD (Institute of Recherche Sur le Developpement da Université de Paris I, Sorbonne). At national level, the NIPETS has partnerships with several universities, including UFBA, UFC, PUCMinas and UFT.

Coordinator: Rosinha da Silva Machado Carrion –

Claire Gomes dos Santos
Danielle Regina Ullrich
Marialva Tomio
Márcio André Leal Bauer


1. GEMS – Group of Studies in Service Marketing

The Group of Studies in Service Marketing (GEMS) focuses on conducting research in the areas of services and consumer behavior and is composed of professors, Doctoral, Master’s, specialization and undergraduate students, and by scholarship students of Scientific Initiation. The results of the performed researches generate innumerable publications in congresses and scientific journals in Brazil and abroad.

Coordinator: Cristiane Pizzuti –

Kenny Basso
Melina da Silva Terres
Natalia Araujo Pacheco
Carlos Alberto Ximenes Carneiro
Eduardo Rech
Louise Helene Gonçalves
Lucas de Britto Dorneles
Natalia Fontoura Englert
Simoni Fernanda Rohdhen
Thiago dos Santos Glasenapp
Tito Luciano Hermes Grilo
Valentina Ortiz Ubal

2. GPMC – Marketing and Consumer Research Group

Established in 2010 by the current coordinator, professor Vinicius Andrade Brei, the Research Group on Marketing and Consumption (GPMC) is focused on the generation and spread of knowledge on marketing and consumer behavior. Based on multidisciplinary theories and methodologies, the GPMC seeks to generate cutting-edge information for academic and managerial advancement. The GPMC is composed of professors, Doctoral, Master’s, specialization and undergraduate students from UFRGS. The results of the researches generate innumerable publications in congresses and scientific journals in Brazil and abroad.

Coordinator: Vinicius Andrade Brei –

Cristiane Pizzutti dos Santos
Leonardo Nicolao
Carla Freitas Silveiro Netto
Carlos Alberto Ximenes
Cleber Cervi
Eduardo Rech
Natalia Araujo Pacheco
Simone Nazareth Vedana
Tito Luciano Hermes Grillo
Rodolfo Coral Azambuja
Oneide Lopes Dornelles
Lucas Gregol
Rudinei Lahm
Fabrício Cruz
Henrique Zenker
Luiza Venzke Bortoli
Márcia Maurer Herter
Rafael Laitano Lionello

Organizational studies

Organization and Liberating Praxis

The research group Organization and Liberating Praxis is a working group based at the School of Management of the UFRGS and in its Graduate Program in Administration (PPGA). Its trajectory began in 2003, but the presence in the CNPq research group platform was formalized in 2009. The group aims to contribute to the organization of social struggles in two ways: reflecting on this organization and taking the problems posed by the reality of these struggles as subject of study. At the same time, it wages a cultural struggle within the framework of a subject born in the market and for the market, and whose reason for being is the production of knowledge for the organization of capital.

Guilherme Dorneles Camara –
Maria Ceci Misocky –
Paulo Ricardo Zilio Abdala –
Rafael Kruter Flores –
Rogério Faé –
Takeyoshi Imasato –

Public and Social Administration

1. GEDAP – Research Group, State, Democracy and Public Administration

The main objective of GEDAP is to foster research projects that contribute to elaborate an alternative model of Public Administration based on the radical defense of citizen participation as a central element of democracy. As an academic strategy for spreading the results of its research projects, the group participates in congresses and scientific journals in Brazil and abroad. Additionally, it aims to support and encourage the research of undergraduate, specializing, Master’s, Doctoral students, recent doctors and postdoctoral students. The Group’s mission is also to interact with public organizations, social movements, other teaching and research institutions, networks, centers, groups, and researchers working in areas of common interest, giving preference to Latin American exchange.

Coordinator: Aragon Érico Dasso Júnior –

Carlos Honorato Schuch Santos
Christian Guy Caubet
Gabriel Eduardo Vitullo
Maria Lúcia Navarro Lins Brzezinski
Alexandre Piccoli Faganello
Bruna San Martins Sanes Schubert
Cláucia Piccoli Faganello
Frederico Oderich Muniz
Íris Pereira Guedes
Rodrigo Almeida Soares
Thaís Recoba Campodonico

2. NEGA – Center of Extension in Alternative Management

The Center for Study in Alternative Management (NEGA) is a space for production of knowledge founded on 2013 in the School of Administration of the UFRGS. It develops extension projects and programs with the support of SENAES/MTE, CNPq and PROEXT-MEC.

The NEGA’s actions include research, mapping and diagnosis of organizations, networks, solidarity-based supply chains, training processes and construction of social technologies, besides supporting local experiences of territorial development with the implementation of community banks in two communities in Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil. It is considered interdisciplinary due to the variety of trainings and performance of its researchers in areas such as Administration, Anthropology, Education, Organizational Studies, Philosophy and Sociology. The Research Group sediments the tripod teaching, research and extension as a structuring framework of the core performance.

Ana Mercedes Sarria Icaza –
Fábio Bittencourt Meira –
Pedro de Almeida Costa –

Mônica Birchler Vanzella Meira
Patrícia Kinast De Camillis
Paulo Peixoto de Albuquerque
Daniel da Silva Lacerda

3. NEPA – Center for Political and Administrate Studies

The Center for Political and Administrative Studies (NEPA) is a research group registered in the Directory of Research Groups of CNPq and linked to the School of Administration of the UFRGS. Created by a group of teachers from the courses Administration and Social and Public Administration, the NEPA began its activities in 2016 and its objective is to gather studies and develop actions around three axes: Public administration; Development strategies and public policies; and Work, organizations and subjectivity. Although these themes are comprehensive and refer to multiple contexts, research will tend to privilege the Brazilian and Latin American contexts, considering also the development of perspectives in relation to other realities of the contemporary world. In this way, NEPA is characterized by interdisciplinary research in applied and human social sciences, seeking to contribute to the training of researchers as well as in the interaction and dialogue of the UFRGS with other universities and institutions in the country and abroad.

Coordinators: Leonardo Granato – | Jaqueline Marcela VillaFuerte Bittencourt –

Admardo Bonifácio Gomes Júnior
Andrea Poleto Oltramari
Caique Ribeiro Galicia
Carla Melo Amarelle
Carlos Federico Domínguez Avila
Charles Pereira Pennaforte
Clezio Saldanha dos Santos
Davide Carbonai
Fernanda Tarabal Lopes
Jaqueline Marcela Villafuerte Bittencourt
Leonardo Granato
Lorena Granja Hernandez
Lucas Manassi Panitz
Luciano Da Ros
Maria Tereza Flores Pereira
Paulo Ricardo Zilio Abdala
Raphael Padula
Renata Ovenhausen Albernaz
Vinicius de Lara Ribas

4. NupeGEM – Center for Research in Municipal Management

Center created in August 2017 to analyze the Latin American municipal reality based on its historical, socio-economic and institutional conditions and its role in integrated economic and social development. It also aims to contribute to the strengthening and professionalization of participants in the State’s administrative functions at local level, whether in planning, budgeting, public policy management and control, besides in the central role of social participation.

Coordinators: Diogo Joel Demarco  – | Luciana Pazini Papi –