Rui Cunha Marques

Graduated, Post-graduated, MSc, PhD and Postdoc (habilitation), is a Full Professor of the Scientific Area of Systems and Management of Infrastructure in the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geo-resources at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon (IST), Portugal. He is a researcher of the Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability of IST (CERIS / CESUR), of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida and of the Center of Local Government (CLG) at the University of New England in Australia, where he is a Visiting Professor at the Business School. His areas of expertise include regulation of public services, performance assessment, project management, procurement, particularly public-private partnerships and infrastructure services. He is the author of over 600 scientific publications in several countries, including 13 books and two theses and more than 230 referred journal articles.He also produced more than 400 technical reports. Currently he is a consultant of the World Bank and in the past he collaborated with other international organisations, such as the European Investment Bank, the European Union, the United Nations and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as with other government entities and public and private companies from several countries. He has developed work in more than 50 countries in the five continents.



Universidade de Lisboa

Instituto Superior Técnico

Departament of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources

Av. Rovisco Pais

1049-001 Lisbon



T: +351218418305









Regulation; Benchmarking; Public Policies; PPPs; Privatizations; Local Public Services; Infrastructure; Water; Solid Waste; Transport.


Systems & Management Seminars


Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Rehabilitation Projetcts: A review | Paula Vale de Paula | 22 December 2021


Gestión Pública vs Privada. Diferencias Cognitivas en la Percepción Ciudadana | Prof. Emilio de la Higuera, Universidad de Granada | 14 December 2021

IWA (international Water Association) Prize Awarded for academic and scientific career

"In more than 20 years of academic dedication he carried out an honorable, respected and successful career with more than 400 scientific publications including books, theses and more than 160 refereed journal articles. Drive and motivation are enormous. Also a lot of knowledge, share and wisdom in the aim of the regulation, procurement and performance evaluation of infrastructure services".


New Books

Temas de Direito da Água  - Vol. 2 | Faculdade de Direito

Direito do Saneamento - Vol. 2 | Faculdade de Direito

New Articles

Public policy: urban stormwater in a paradigm shift, is it the end or just the beginning. Water Science and Technology. | IF: 1.915


An Evaluation of the financials sustainability of remote Australian local councils. Economic Papers. A journal of applied economics and policy.


Policies and incentives for developing universal access to water and sanitation for vulnerable families. Water Policy. | IF: 1.434


From a Millennium to a Sustainable water and sanitation development: Were we there already?. AQUA - Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society | IF: 1.644


Performance and its determinants in the Portuguese municipal solid waste utilities. Waste Management | IF: 7.145

Technical and Scale Efficiency of the Brazilian Municipalities’ Water and Sanitation Services: A Two-Stage Data Envelopment Analysis.  Sustainability | IF: 3.251

Is sunshine regulation the new prescription to brighten up public hospitals in Portugal?  Socio-Economic Planning Sciences |
IF: 4.923


Customer satisfaction in the presence of imperfect knowledge of data. International Transactions of Operation Research |IF : 4.193

Sustainable water and sanitation for all: Are we there yet?. Water Research | IF: 11.236

A paradigm shift in risk management in public-private partnership arrangements. Water Policy | IF: 1.434


Estado da arte da fiscalização do abastecimento de água e esgotamento sanitário no Brasil. Seminário Estado da Arte da Fiscalização do Abastecimento de Água e Esgotamento Sanitário no Brasil, AGERSA, Bahia (Brazil), December 2021

The multicriteria satisfaction analysis (MUSA): A tool to improve the customer satisfaction in the tourism sector. I Congreso Internacional de Turismo: Nuevas tendencias y desafos ante un escenario post-covid, Melilla (Spain), November 2021