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Flávio L. Pinheiro is an Assistant Professor in Data Science at Nova IMS. His research interests focus in understanding how the network structure of socio-economic systems impacts the strategic decisions of agents at different scales. At the macro-level, how does the structure of Economic and Innovation systems impacts the success of agents is constrained when they have to take actions over the elements that make up such systems. At the individual scale, how is the evolution of ideas, diseases, opinions, behaviors and knowledge affected by the social network they are part of.

In the past, Flavio was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the MIT Media Lab, he holds a BSc and MSc from the University of Lisbon (Lisboa, Portugal) and a Phd from the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal).

Scientific Publications

Pinheiro, F. L., Balland, P-A., Boschma, R., & Hartmann, D. (2022)

The dark side of the geography of innovation: relatedness, complexity and regional inequality in Europe. Regional Studies, 1-16.

Pinheiro, F. L., Hartmann, D., Boschma, R., & Hidalgo, C. A. (2022)

The time and frequency of unrelated diversification. Research Policy, 51(8), 1-24. [104323].

Rita, P., Vong, C., Pinheiro, F., & Mimoso, J. (2022)

A sentiment analysis of Michelin-starred restaurants. European Journal of Management and Business Economics.

Sarmento, P., Motta, M., Scott, I., Pinheiro, F. L., & De Castro Neto, M. (2022)

Impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on waste production behavior in Lisbon. Waste Management, 138(February), 189-198. [Advanced online publication on 7th  December 2021].

Alpalhão, N., Sarmento, P., Pinheiro, F. L., Tremoceiro, J., & Neto, M. D. C. (2022)

Prediction and simulation of the risk of traffic accidents using neural networks and gradient boosting with an hybrid classification/regression modelling approach in urban context. In Livro de Resumos da Conferência do Projeto de Investigação Científica “Fatores de Transformação Urbana (DRIVIT-UP)” em conjunto com I Conferência sobre Ciência de Dados para Ciências Sociais e VI Conferência de Planeamento Regional e Urbano. [Abstract book from the Conference of the Scientific Research Project “Drivers of urban transformation (DRIVIT-UP)” a joitly event with I Conference on Data Science for the Social Sciences And VI Conference on Regional and Urban Planning] (pp. 52-55). UA Editora.

Duarte, C., Pinheiro, F., & Naranjo-Zolotov, M. (2022)

Students’ networks influence on academic performance: An exploratory study. In 2022 17th  Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI): proceedings (pp. 1-6) (CISTI 2022. 17th  Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, 22-25 June 2022, Madrid, Spain) . IEEE. ISBN: 978-9-8933-3436-2.

Lyra, M. S., Pinheiro, F. L., & Bacao, F. (2022)

Public Procurement Fraud Detection: A Review Using Network Analysis. In R. M. Benito, C. Cherifi, H. Cherifi, E. Moro, L. M. Rocha, & M. Sales-Pardo (Eds.), Complex Networks & Their Applications X: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications COMPLEX NETWORKS 2021 (Vol. 1) (Vol. I, pp. 116-129). (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 1015). Springer, Cham.

Pinheiro, F. L., Balland, P-A., Boschma, R., & Hartmann, D. (2022)

The Dark Side of the Geography of Innovation. Relatedness, Complexity, and Regional Inequality in Europe. (pp. 1-46). (Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography; Vol. 22, No. 2). Utrecht University.

Curado, A., Damásio, B., Encarnação, S., Candia, C., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2021)

Scaling behavior of public procurement activity. PLoS ONE, 16(12), 1-19. [e0260806].

Hartmann, D., Ferraz, D., Bezerra, M., Pyka, A., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2021)

Comparing cars with apples? Identifying the appropriate benchmark countries for relative ecological pollution rankings and international learning. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, 1-17. [779378].

Hartmann, D., Zagato, L., Gala, P., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2021)

Why did some countries catch-up, while others got stuck in the middle? Stages of productive sophistication and smart industrial policies. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 58, 1-13.

Lyra, M. D. S., Curado, A., Damásio, B., Bação, F., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2021)

Characterization of the Firm-Firm Public Procurement Co-Bidding Network from the State of Ceará (Brazil) Municipalities. Applied Network Science, 6, 1-10. [77].

Pinheiro, F. L., Pacheco, J. M., & Santos, F. C. (2021)

Stable leaders pave the way for cooperation under time-dependent exploration rates. Royal Society Open Science, 8(2), [200910].

Waniek, M., Elbassioni, K., Pinheiro, F. L., Hidalgo, C. A., & Alshamsi, A. (2020)

Computational aspects of optimal strategic network diffusion. Theoretical Computer Science.[Advanced online publication on 31 january 2020]. Doi:

Lima, F., Pinheiro, F. L., Silva, J. F., & Matos, P. (2020)

Foreign direct investment: using network analysis to understand the position of Portugal in a global FDI network. In Bridging measurement challenges and analytical needs of external statistics: evolution or revolution?: Proceedings of the IFC Conference on external statistics, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-18 February 2020 (pp. 1-16). (IFC Bulletin; No. 52). Bank of International Settlements.

Candia, C., Encarnação, S., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2019)

The higher education space: connecting degree programs from individuals’ choices. EPJ Data Science, 8(1), [39].

Hartmann, D., Arata, A., Bezerra, M., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2019)

The network effects of NGOs on social capital and innovation among smallholder farmers: a case study in Peru. Annals Of Regional Science. [Available online on 3 october 2019]. doi:

Hartmann, D., Bezerra, M., Lodolo, B., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2019)

International trade, development traps, and the core-periphery structure of income inequality. Economia. [Advanced online 19 December 2019].

Vasconcelos, V. V., Levin, S. A., & Pinheiro, F. L. (2019)

Consensus and polarization in competing complex contagion processes. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 16(155), [20190196].