Paulo SAVAGET, PhD Candidate in Engineering and Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge (Brazil)

Savaget-Nasciemento Paulo

Paulo is an economist, who holds a Master´s degree in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, UK and a second Master´s degree in Public Policies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Current position: PhD Candidate at University of Cambridge, UK

Research focus: Transitions to sustainability

His current research focuses on sociotechnical transitions to sustainability, investigating mechanisms to assess and deliberately intervene in system-level changes. He has also worked as a lecturer of the post-graduate program of a business school and consulted to large companies in Brazil and international organizations.

In 2013 Paulo was awarded a Green Talent for his analysis of the impact political conditions have on the use of natural resources through private companies. He also won the Gates Scholarship for this PhD in Cambridge, the Oldham Award for Excellent Dissertation from the University of Sussex for his Master´s thesis, and published several publications. Besides his PhD Paulo is also currently founding a social enterprise called Favalley.

2015 Awarded Gates Scholarship for his PhD studies at the University of Cambridge
2012 Oldham Award for Excellent Dissertation from the University of Sussex


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2013):

INNOVARE PESQUISA DE MERCADO E OPINIÃO, FUNDACAO DOM CABRAL (FDC), NOW CONSULTORIA, BRAZIL

Research focus: Sustainable Development, Eco-Innovation, and Product Development using Local Biodiversity

Paulo Savaget Nascimento understands that in order to achieve greater harmony between economic development and nature there needs to be a sea change, so the young scientist is using his research in sustainable innovation to change the impact businesses have on the environment.

Despite the importance of eco-innovation in the contemporary world, little is known about the subject, especially in countries with an emerging economy, such as Paulo Savaget Nascimento’s home country, Brazil.

Savaget is therefore working to bring eco-innovations – new processes, products, services and business models that can limit man-induced environmental damage and restore the environment – to the forefront of business and policymaking.

“I am keen on becoming a green entrepreneur, founding a pioneer NGO to articulate agents towards innovative and greener pathways,” Savaget says.

After concluding his Bachelor in Economics, Savaget realised he needed to supplement these studies in order to offer a more significant contribution to scientific research. He then focused on the roles played by science, technology and innovation in a transition towards sustainable pathways, and has completed a Master in Science and Technology Policy and a Master of Philosophy in Public Policies.

His recommendations based on investigative work on the main determinants, processes and results of eco-innovation in the Brazilian landscape, contrasted with benchmarking foreign experiences, have stimulated discussion between various agents, including the academia, enterprises of different sizes, NGOs and the government.

The jury was impressed by Savaget’s research approach, and honoured his analysis of the impact political conditions have on the use of natural resources through private companies. Being awarded as a Green Talent shall encourage Savaget to pursue his research path and continue campaigning professionally and privately for a sustainable future.