Bernardo Valente IGOP Bernardo Valente is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He focuses on how technology can enhance public participation in urban mobility decision-making, striving to engage all social groups in the deliberation process.

His research is inspired by his involvement in various projects, such as WebSig (funded by the Cohesion Policy Programme), BioAssembler (Horizon project), and GovApp (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology). These projects have provided him practical experience in using technology to foster civic participation.

Bernardo has previously held research positions at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), the University of Coimbra, and the University of Lisbon. He continues to share his expertise as a Guest Lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Lisbon. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University Nova of Lisbon and a Master’s degree in Political Science with a specialisation in International Political Economy from the University of Copenhagen.

His work aims to bridge the gap between citizens and decision-makers, making urban mobility planning more inclusive and participatory through technological innovation.



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Citizen Participation, Democracy Studies, Innovation Policy, Smart Cities, Transport Policy