Renato Lima de Oliveira
Research Affiliate at MIT
Area of Expertise:
Political economy, industrial policy, energy policy
His main research interest lies in the political economy of development and state-business relations, particularly in the areas of energy, industrial and innovation policies, government accountability, and non-market strategies. His PhD dissertation work analyzed the development of the oil industry and the local supply chain in Brazil, Malaysia, and Mexico, such as and the policies used for industrial upgrading and the promotion of innovation. His research has appeared in journals like Comparative Political Studies and edited collections published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, and others.
Prof. Renato has worked as a consultant for energy, environment, and politics, including assignments for the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the World Bank. Outside of his research and teaching activities, Prof. Renato has worked before as a business reporter in Brazil with experience in newspaper, TV and radio.
Lima de Oliveira received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT. He holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). He is also a research affiliate at the MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) and a fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS-Malaysia).
More about his research and professional activities can be found at the website www.lima-de-oliveira.com.
- “Fueling development? Assessing the Impact of Oil and Soybean Wealth on Municipalities in Brazil” (with Martin Liby Alonso), The Extractive Industries and Societies 4 (3): 576–85.
- “Can Politicians Police Themselves? Natural Experimental Evidence from Brazil’s Audit Courts” (with F. Daniel Hidalgo and Julio Canello), Comparative Political Studies, November 2016; Vol. 49, No. 13, 1739-1773. Recipient of the “James Caporaso Best Paper” award for the best paper to appear in CPS in 2016.
- “Corrupção Burocrática e Empreendedorismo: Uma Análise Empírica dos Estados Brasileiros.” (Bureaucratic Corruption and Entrepreneurship: An Empirical Analysis of Brazilian States) (with Felipe de Melo and Luciano Sampaio). Revista de Administração Contemporânea (Journal of Contemporary Management), v. 19, n. 3, art. 5, pp. 374-397. Rio de Janeiro, 2015.
- “Rendas do petróleo e transparência fiscal em municípios brasileiros,” Petróleo, Royalties & Região, VIII, nº 32, (2011).
- “Left Government, Business Politics, And the Revival of Industrial Policy In Brazil” with Mansueto Almeida and Ben Ross Schneider in Routledge Handbook of Brazilian Politics, Barry Ames (ed), Routledge, forthcoming (2018).
- “Elite Contestation and Mass Participation in Brazilian Legislative Elections, 1945-2014” with F. Daniel Hidalgo in New Order and Progress: Development and Democracy in Brazil, Ben Ross Schneider (ed), Oxford University Press, 2016.
- “Government and Politics” in “Brazil” (Latin America in Focus Series), Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta and Eduardo F. Coutinho (eds.),. Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2016.
- “Política industrial e empresas estatais no Brasil: BNDES e Petrobras,” with Mansueto Almeida and Ben Ross Schneider in Capacidades Estatais e Democracia, Alexandre Gomide and Roberto Pires (eds), 323-347. Brasília: IPEA, 2014.
- “Lincoln Gordon e o Golpe” in Na Trilha do Golpe. Recife: Editora Massangana (FUNDAJ), 2004. ISBN – 978.85.70194.17-6.
- “The Politics of Unconventional Oil: Innovation and “Contract-seeking” in Brazil, Malaysia, and Mexico,” 25th International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, July 21-25, Brisbane, Australia.
- “How Industry Characteristics Shape Local Content Policy Outcomes: Oil & Gas and ICT in Brazil” (with Ezequiel Zylberberg), Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2018 Meeting, May 23-26 2018, Barcelona, Spain.
- “The Politics of Unconventional Oil: innovation and “contract-seeking” in Brazil, Malaysia, and Mexico”, Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference, April 5-8, 2018, Chicago, USA.
- “Beyond oil rents: Brazil and the politics of R&D and local content in oil and gas.” Industries Studies Association (ISA) 2017, May 24-26, Washington D.C.
- “Petrobras: Innovation with Party Rent-Seeking.” 4th Repal Meeting and Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2017 Meeting, April 27-30 2017, Lima, Peru.
- “Petrobras: Innovation with Party Rent-Seeking.” American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting, September 1-4 2016, Pennsylvania, PA.
- “From Geology to Public Policies: Explaining Mexico’s O&G Institutional Reforms.” 2016 Repal 3rd Annual Conference. MIT, Cambridge, 10-11 June.
- “(Re)learning to do industrial policy: Mexico’s local content mandate in the oil and gas sector.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2016, May 27-30 2016, New York.
- “Local content requirements in the oil and gas industry in developing countries: the return of ISI?” American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting, September 3-6 2015, San Francisco, California.
- “Local content requirements in the oil and gas industry in developing countries: the return of ISI?” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2015, May 27-30 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- “Can Politicians Police Themselves? Natural Experimental Evidence from Brazil’s Audit Courts,” co-authored with Julio Canello and F. Daniel Hidalgo. 52nd Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society, March 12-15, San Antonio, Texas.
- “When Do Reinstated Democracies Hold the Military Accountable? Truth Commissions and Military Trials in Comparative Perspective,” IX meeting of the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP), Brasília, 08/2014.
- “Fueling development? Assessing the Impact of Oil and Soybean Wealth on Municipalities in Brazil,” co-authored with Martin Liby Alonso. REPAL 2014 Annual Conference, Institute of Political Science of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile, 06/2014. Paper awarded the honorable mention of the conference.