Projects, coordinators and researchers

I. Monitoring of Public Policies

Monitoring of public policies adopted by governments across the Brazilian federation and assessing the policy impact of these measures, as well as societal adherence.

Five areas are covered:

  1. Social distancing (school, commerce, industry, public gatherings, private events);
  2. Remote Education
  3. On-site School Reopening Protocols
  4. Public health interventions (testing, prevention and treatment); and,
  5. Economic policies (cash transfers, fiscal and monetary policy including debt and tax credits).

Coverage: Federation, 26 states and their capitals, and the federal district.

Objective: Capture and analyze public policies based on official documents.

Lead Investigator: Lorena Barberia (USP)


  • Natália de Paula Moreira (USP)
  • Maria Letícia Claro de F. Oliveira (USP, CEPESP/FGV) 
  • Luiz Guilherme Roth Cantarelli (USP)
  • Maíra Meyer (USP)
  • Pedro Schmalz (USP)
  • Marcela Zamudio (USP)
  • Isabel Seelaender (USP)
  • Ingrid Castro Loureiro Silva (USP)
  • Dara Aparecida Vilela Pinto (USP)
  • Felipe Vilela (USP)
  • Andre Garibe (USP)
  • Gustavo de Paula Fernandes (USP)
  • Carolina Langbeck Osse (USP)
  • Raquel Requena Rachid (USP) 

II. Monitoring of Public Opinion and Community Leaders

Working with community leaders and neighborhood associations in large cities, essential information about their living conditions in the midst of the crisis will be collected over the phone. The survey of the population allows us to identify the degree of compliance with public guidelines, the visualization of solutions and the possibility of mediation of eventual conflicts.

The study will identify: (i) the perception of risk (health and loss of employment and income); (ii) the adhesion to rules and policies to contain the crisis; (iii) the development of cooperation systems; and (iv) the activity and influence of local leadership.

Objective: Identify and anticipate social problems that are likely to be multiplied with the epidemic (hunger, looting, lack of health care and others).

Responsibility: Graziela Castello (CEBRAP) and Glauco Arbix (USP, CEBRAP)


  • Marcia Lima (USP, Afro/ CEBRAP)  
  • Priscila Vieira (CEBRAP, USP)
  • Monise Picanço (CEBRAP, USP)
  • Jaciane Milanezi (Pós-doutoranda IPP/CEBRAP, Afro/CEBRAP) 
  • Rodrigo Brandão (Doutorando, Sociologia-USP)
  • Jonatas Mendonça dos Santos (Doutorando, Sociologia-USP)
  • Withson Sampaio (Assistente de pesquisa, USP)
  • Laura Simões (Assistente de pesquisa, USP)
  • Gabriela Palhares ( Observatório da Inovação – IEA, USP)

III. Labor Market and Income

The economic effects of the pandemic will not affect all sectors and occupations equally. By impacting jobs, the pandemic will also have a direct impact on the income of households and families, probably increasing poverty, reducing welfare and increasing inequality. This project will identify: (i) in which areas and segments of the production chains are the most vulnerable workers; (ii) occupations and professions that may be particularly affected; (iii) how the types of work ties (formal, informal, self-employed, employers) contribute to intensifying the effects of the crisis; (iv) the socioeconomic and socio-demographic characteristics of individuals in vulnerable positions; (v) the expected impacts on the distribution of household income; ((vi) the regional distribution of these vulnerable jobs and how they coincide with the areas most affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Objective: Identify the sectors, occupations and social groups most exposed to the economic effects of COVID-19 in the country.

Responsibility: Rogério Jerônimo Barbosa (Centro de Estudos da Metrópole-CEM, USP) and Ian Prates (CEBRAP, Social Accountability International)


  • Thiago Meirelles (USP)
  • Vitor Matheus Oliveira de Menezes (USP, CEBRAP)
  • Jefferson Leal (USP)  

IV: Social Protection and Emergency Policies to mitigate the Crisis in Labor Markets

The social protection network, the capillarity of the Unified Health and Social Assistance System (SUS) and the Single Registry help to ensure that emergency policies aimed at the low-income population, such as the Basic Emergency Income Program, can be implemented with relative speed. But in the midst of the urgent situation, several pre-existing programs and policies have also been altered or expanded.

Objective: Systematically investigate: (i) emergency social programs developed at the federal level to alleviate the effects of the crisis on the labor market; (ii) the changes made by legal instrument in the federal programs of the pre-existing social protection network; (iii) the flow of coverage and the concession of benefits of social programs, paying attention to the regional distribution and its overlap with the areas most affected by COVID-19.

Responsibility: Rogério Jerônimo Barbosa (Centro de Estudos da Metrópole-CEM, USP) and Ian Prates (CEBRAP, Social Accountability International)


  • Hellen Guicheney (USP, CEM, CEBRAP)
  • Sergio Simoni (UFRGS)
  • Carolina Requena (USP, CEM) 
  • Paulo Flores (USP)
  • Eduardo Lazzari (USP, CEM)
  • Heloísa Fimiani (USP, CEBRAP)

V: Using indicators to evaluate access the health services in the aftermath of COVID-19

Health services and equipment, especially those of medium and high complexity, such as ICUs, pulmonary ventilators and highly specialized professionals, are scarce in many regions of Brazil. As in other countries, the pressure on health systems has intensified since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We propose to evaluate, through the composition and analysis of indicators, the access of the Brazilian population to health services with an emphasis on: (i) consultation and evaluation of the epidemiological panels of the state health departments, focusing on the usability of these platforms for managers, researchers and the general population; (ii) assessing the availability and access to health services related to Sars-Cov-2 infections; (iii) monitoring of responses to the emergency of COVID-19 given by public managers in the health sector. To carry out these analyses, indicators will be proposed to be monitored during the pandemic and in the post-pandemic period.

Lead InvestigatorsLorena Barberia (USP) and Tatiane C. Moraes de Sousa (Fiocruz)


  • Luciana Sarmento Garbayo (University of Central Florida)
  • Mariane Caetano Vasconcellos (mestranda, Fiocruz/PE – Instituto Aggeu Magalhães)
  • Renata Breves (doutoranda PPGBIOS/Fiocruz) 
  • Vanessa Triches Pezente (doutoranda, Fiocruz/ENSP)
  • Michelle Fernández (UnB)