André Corrêa d'Almeida

Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director of MPA in Development Practice


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Personal Details

André Corrêa d'Almeida holds twenty-five years of entrepreneurial, management, academic, and leadership experience with applied multidisciplinary programs, teaching, research and consultancy carried out in the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Asia. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, where he is also the founding Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice program at SIPA and the Earth Institute (EI). At SIPA and EI he created, among others, initiatives in Jordan, Kazakhstan, China and Portugal as well as the Development Practice Lab for high-potential development practitioners.

He is the President and Founder of ARCx–Applied Research for Change, where he created and leads a global network of scholars and practitioners to study and build innovation networks for urban systems and institutions. At ARCx he created the Circular City Data Program for New Lab and the NYC Economic Development Corporation and founded the Circular City Research Journal, founded the Smarter Portugal program for the Catholic University in Lisbon, and was Senior Advisor to the United Nations Development Program for program evaluation, among other major undertakings. He was also the Senior Advisor to the Global Futures Group for smarter cities, the New York Academy of Sciences for AI, the Kazakhstani’s Academy of Public Administration, and the Brazilian National Council of Justice for AI. He also advises the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi, Lisboa and various New York City agencies. 

He is a Lead Inventor at Columbia Technology Ventures; the Founding President of the nonprofit, nonpartisan anti-corruption organization All4Integrity; and recently launched his first short film “Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate in a Time of Crises, which includes a written case study and it is a tribute to public entrepreneurs working on improving life in cities and municipalities around the world. Other initiatives in incubation phase include “Smarter China: How Regions Innovate” and “Human Development Indicators and AI” for the UN Development Program, 

He is the editor and co-author of the books Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate (Columbia University Press, 2018), Reform of the Parliamentarian System in Portugal: Analyses and Tools for an Urgent Dialogue (Principia Editora, 2019) and Smarter Cities Portugal: Innovation Incubators and Public Entrepreneurs in Times of Decentralization (Universidade Católica Editora, 2022). He has secured multiple grants and contracts to fund applied research and training programs in the fields of public-private partnerships, innovation and sustainable development. He holds a PhD from the University of Colorado Denver (United States), an MSc from the University of Saint Joseph (China), and a Licenciatura from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal).

He has his research published in several areas of Social Economics, Institutional Development and Circular City. He received multiple research awards and is a regular contributor to Apolitical, the Huffington PostThe Guardian, Público and Observador.


  • Carneiro, R., Corrêa d’Almeida, A., Ilharco, F. (2022). (Eds). Smarter Cities Portugal: Innovation Incubators and Public Entrepreneurs in Times of Decentralization. Universidade Católica Editora, Lisboa.
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2019). (Ed). Reform of the Parliamentary System in Portugal: Analyses and Tools for an Urgent Dialogue. Principia Editora, Lisboa.
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2018). (Ed). Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate. Columbia University Press, New York.
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A., and Leite, J. (2001). Tibet: Spirits of the Mountain. Netnics, FNAC, Lisboa.

Publications in Scientific Journals

  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A (2019). (Ed). Introduction to the Circular City Research Program. The Circular City Research Journal, 1, 7-13. Available at 
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. and Reis Mourão, P. (2017). The Irrelevance of Political Parties’ Differences for Public Finances: Evidence from Public Deficit and Debt in Portugal (1974 – 2012). European Review 25(4), 560-587. Available at 
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A., and Bahar Otcu, G. (2013). The Portuguese Language in the United Nations: framing policy design. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2013(224), 1-23. Available at 10.1515/ijsl-2013-0053
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2009). Skilled Migrants’ Dynamics, Institutions, Innovation, and Diffusion: a conceptual and analytical framework to assess patterns of (re)integration. Comparative Technology Transfer and Society, 7(1), 1-18. Available at 
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A., and Klingner, D. (2008). FEMA and the Witt Revolution: Testing the Hypothesis of “Bureaucratic Autonomy”. Public Organization Review, 8(4), 291-305. Available at
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A., and Duarte Silva, P. (2007). Impact of Immigration on Public Finance in Portugal: a longitudinal approach 2001-2003. Observatory of Immigration 1 (2nd ed.), 189 pp. Available at 
  • Carneiro, R., Corrêa d'Almeida, A., et al. (2006). Immigrants' Labor Mobility in Portugal. Direcção-Geral de Estudos Estatística e Planeamento (DGEEP), Cogitum 20, 200pp, Lisbon: Portugal.
  • Carneiro, R., Corrêa d'Almeida, A., et al. (2005). An Evaluation of the National Employment Strategy 2000-2010. Direcção-Geral de Estudos Estatística e Planeamento/MTSS, Cogitum 16, 159pp, Lisbon: Portugal.
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (2003). Impact of Immigration on Public Finance in Portugal in 2001. Observatory of Immigration 1, 124 pp. Available at

Other Publications, Reports and Technical Briefs

  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A., and António, N. (2014). The Political System in Portugal: People’s Demand versus Political Agendas - Political Reputation Can Be Fixed. Working Paper available at 
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A., and António, N. (2013). The Political System in Portugal: People’s Demand versus Political Parties’ Supply – A Contribution to Institutional Analysis and Development. Working Paper available at 
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2013). The Retention of Highly Skilled Returnees in Mozambique: an institutional approach. The African Capacity Building Foundation, Occasional Papers 20. Available at and
  • Baroang, K., and Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2013). Egypt’s National Strategies for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change. Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Government of Egypt.
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2012). Advancing Executive Training on Sustainable Development Practice. Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Government of Jordan.
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A., and Garfield, R. (2011). A Case-Study Writing Methodology for the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice, Columbia University. Available at
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (2008). Skilled Migrants’ Dynamics and Social Capital Innovation: A Conceptual and Analytical Framework to Assess Patterns of (re)Integration. Poster presented at the Harvard Networks in Political Science Conference. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge: MA.
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (2007). Review on "Performance-Pay for Teachers" Literature. Colorado Department of Education, Denver: CO.
  • Oliveira, C. and Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2005). Immigrant’s Labor Accidents in Portugal. Observatory of Immigration Working Papers, Lisbon: Portugal.
  • Corrêa d’Almeida, A. (2004). (Ed). O Impacto da Imigração nas Sociedades da Europa: o caso Português. Rede Europeia das Migrações. Brussels. Available at 
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (2003). International Benchmarking on Immigration Policy and Law. ACIME  Working Papers, Lisbon.
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (1999). The Real Estate Market in Hong-Kong: an econometric price-modeling approach. Master Thesis. Inter-University Institute of Macau, China: Macau.
  • Corrêa d'Almeida, A. (1998). Models of Multi-criteria Decision-Making. III Conference of Portuguese Speaking Economists, Volume III. University of Macau, China: Macau.


  • PhD in Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, USA
  • MSc in Project Management, Inter-University Institute of Macau, China
  • Licenciatura (B.Sc.) in Economics, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Honors & Awards

  • Reviewer for the International Review of Administrative Sciences.
  • Golden Key International.
  • Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Scholarship Award for the Doctoral Institute at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) presented by the George Washington University.
  • Phi Alpha Alpha.
  • Carnegie Mellon’s program on Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems.
  • Outstanding Graduate Creative Activity Award presented by the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Scholarship Award presented by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

Research And Publications

In The Media

The three panelists have been colleagues and partners in the NYC Administration and in private projects.

Mar 15 2023
La Voce di New York
Democratic Resilience

SIPA hosts discussion of previously secret financial documents with Gerard Ryle and Joseph Stiglitz

Dec 08 2021

André Corrêa d’Almeida spoke about his advocacy against corruption in Portugal.

Dec 07 2020
Portuguese American Journal

Scholars and practitioners discuss how to encourage new ways of thinking within urban government. 

Apr 02 2019

André Corrêa d’Almeida discusses his new book , which considers the drivers and constraints behind urban innovation.

Nov 13 2018