Professor Alexandre Caldas

 Professor Alexandre Caldas

Alexandre Caldas is Chief of Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a Director position in the United Nations Organization. He is a Professor of Science and Technology Policy.


Alexandre Caldas was a Faculty Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute from April 2004 up until October 2005. He is an economist and completed his PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies at SPRU, University of Sussex (2004). His dissertation employed webmetric analyses alongside other methodological approaches to examine the structure of collaborative networks in the sciences. He completed his Master's with distinction in Economics and Management of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (1997).

He was Guest Teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (New Media and Communications Department) for the MSc in New Media, Information and Society (2005-2006).

In addition to a strong quantitative background in academia, he has considerable practical experience, including as Director of eGovernment (2006 - 2011), Executive Director of the Science and Technology Park, Abrantes, Portugal, Coordinator of the Regional Internet Project, Ribatejo Digital, Portugal (2002-2004), and ICT Coordinator for the Science and Technology Foundation, Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology (1994-2000).

Alexandre has taught at University Lusophone, Atlantic University and the Technical University in Portugal and has collaborated on a number of research projects for the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Defense, and Portugal's Innovation Agency.

He is currently Chief of Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), a Director position in the United Nations Organization. He was International Relations Advisor (delegate for EU - Africa Cooperation in Science and Technology and delegate for NATO Science for Peace and Security) at the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation and International consultant for Science and Technology Policy in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Brazil, Cape Verde and East Timor. He was Head of Partnerships Management at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, in Hungary and previously Director of Innovation and New Technology at the Portuguese Industrial Association - Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associate Professor of Information Science and Technology Policy at University Lusophone and President of the Governing Board of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarem, in Portugal.

Research interests

e-science, networks, Webmetrics, science communication, digital knowledge bases, Digital Identity, Internet policy, history of science and technology

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, March 2006 -
  • Fellow, April 2004 - October 2005


Past projects




  • Caldas, A. (2015) Science and Time. Policy and Strategy for International Partnerships, Scholar's Press, Germany, June 2015.
  • Caldas, A. (2011) Portuguese eGovernment Strategy (2005 ­ 2014), Ceger, Portugal, 2011


  • Freire, V. and A. Caldas (2013) o Ciberespaço: Desafios à Segurança e à Estratégia, Segurança Internacional ­ Perspectivas Analíticas, ATENA n.º 30, pp. 81-150, National Defence Institute (IDN), Portugal, 2013.
  • Caldas, A. (2005) On the Web Structure and Digital Knowledge Bases. On-line and Off-line Connections in Science. In: C.Hine (ed.) New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding e-Science. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
  • Caldas, A. (2005) Ciência Outlook 2004. Rumo à Sociedade do Conhecimento. In A. Caldas (ed.) Cienciametrics: Lisbon, Portugal.

Conference papers

  • Caldas, A. (2011) A Framework for a National Cyber Security Strategy. Instituto Defesa Nacional, Lisboa, 26 June 2011.
  • Caldas, A. (2011) Cyber Security Governance Framework - Policy for Emerging Global Challenges in the 21st Century. IDC Security Forum, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, 10 February 2011.
  • Caldas, A. (2010) Electronic Identity and International Security. Keynote Speech, International Conference: 2nd International e-ID and e-Passport Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-22 October 2010.
  • Caldas, A. (2010) The Future of e-Identity and Secure eGovernment. International Conference: Disaster-Recovery Seminar, Gibraltar, 4 February 2010.
  • Caldas, A. (2009) Preservação e Arquivo Digital. O Futuro da identidade Digital no Governo (Digital Preservation and Archiving. The Future of Digital Identity in Government). International Conference: Secure Documents in Government. INCM - Portugal and Ministry of Science and Technology - Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique, 9 December 2009.
  • Caldas, A. (2009) Os grandes desafios da Cibersegurança na mudança da década (Key Challenges on Cybersecurity over next decade). Conference: 1.o FÓRUM ANUAL DE CIBERSEGURANÇA. Portugal Telecom, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 September 2009.
  • Caldas, A. (2008) O Governo Electrónico e o Portugal Tecnológico. Keynote Speech at Conferência: 6.o Congresso Internacional da Certificação Electrónica, ITI Brasil e Câmara Brasileira de Comércio Electrónico, Centro de Congressos de Brasília, Brasil, 6 November 2008.
  • Caldas, A. (2008) Portugal's Case Study: The Management Center For Electronic Government Network. Conference: Improving Government Excellence through Revenue Generating E-Government, eGOV TECH EMEA 2008, Dubai Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai, 3 November 2008.
  • Caldas, A. (2007) Challenges in Long-term Archiving and Preservation of Government Information. Working Paper Discussed in Proceedings of the Workshop "Preserving and Archiving Government Information in Digital Networks", held at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 16 October 2007.
  • Caldas, A. (2007) Sobre as Origens da Espécie ITIL. As Pessoas no Centro das Melhores Práticas. ITsmf - The IT Service Management Fórum, Conferência Anual 2007, Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal, 23 May 2007.
  • Caldas, A. (2006) A Rede do Governo e os Paradigmas Internacionais de Governo Electrónico. Instituto de Informática, Proceedings da Conferência ERSI 2006: A Governança dos Sistemas e Tecnologias de Informação, Ericeira, Portugal, 23 March 2006.
  • Schroeder, R., Caldas, A., Mesch, G. and Dutton, W. (2005) The World Wide Web of Science: Reconfiguring Access to Information. NCeSS First International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK, 22-24 June 2005.



Working papers

  • Caldas, A. (2011) Electronic Government Strategy (2006 - 2015). CEGER - The Management Centre for Electronic Government Network, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011.
  • Caldas, A. (2011) Uma Estratégia Nacional de Cibersegurança. Revista Segurança e Defesa n.º 16, Lisbon, Portugal, January-March 2011.