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Rui Cunha Marques

Graduated, Post-graduated, MSc, PhD and Postdoc (habilitation), is a Full Professor of the Scientific Area of Systems Engineering in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Lusófona University, Portugal. He is a researcher of the Research Centre for Asset Management and Systems Engineering (RCM2+), 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 700 scientific publications in several countries, including 14 books and two theses and more than 270 referred journal articles.He also produced more than 500 technical reports. Currently he is a consultant of the World Bank and of Asian Development Bank (ADB) 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 Lusófona

Centro de Investigação para a Gestão de Ativos e Engenharia de Sistemas 

Av. do Campo Grande Nº 376 1749-024 Lisbon



T: +351 217 515 500









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


Participation in the Launch of ESAWAS Training Centre for WSS Regulation (2024).

International Conference on "Water Policies, Institutions and Regulation: Advancing SDG 6", January 25 and 26, 2024 | Law Faculty

Celebrating 30 years ITOR

Research paper listed among the most influential papers in ITOR!



Systems & Management Seminars


Economic aspects on the road to universalization & PIR| Doutor Carlos Novaes 

21 April 2023



2022 | University of Lisbon/Caixa Geral de Depósitos Awards | Economics and Management

The University of Lisbon (ULisboa), with the support of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, awards annual “University of Lisbon/Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Awards”, which aim to reward scientific research activity and encourage the practice of publication in international journals of recognized quality.

2022 | World's Top 2% Scientist

The Stanford University recently released an update of the World’s Top 2% Scientists list,

- Career Long Impact 

- Single Year 2021


New Books

A Governança da Água | ERSAR | Faculdade de Direito

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

Direito do Saneamento - Vol. 2 | Faculdade de Direito

New Book Chapters

Moçambique e as PPP no setor da água – aprender com o passado para compreender o presente e planear o futuro. In: Estudos de Homenagem a José da Silva Costa, U. Porto Press.


PPP hospitals in Portugal: what does benchmarking tell us about their relative performance? In: Assessing the Performance Advantage of Public-Private Partnerships. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Revisiting the theory on the regulation of water utilities: Evolution, challenges and trends. In: Routledge Handbook of Urban Water Governance. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

New Articles

Policies, institutions and regulation – PIR stormwater management system.  Water Science & Technology. IWA | IF: 2.7

Water affordability analysis: a critical literature review. AQUA - Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society | IF: 4.3


Is rainwater and stormwater part of the urban CE efficiency? Sustainability| IF: 3.9

An institutional and transaction cost analysis for the efficiency of water service in Brazilian local government consortia. Local Government Studies | IF: 2.791

Project Risks Influence on Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Financing Opportunities. Water. MDPI | IF: 3.530

Public–Private Partnerships: A Fresh Risk-Based Approach to Water Sector Projects. Infrastructures. MDPI | IF: 2.984

Data envelopment analysis models with imperfect knowledge of input and output values: An application to Portuguese public hospitals. Expert Systems With Applications | IF: 8.665

Challenges of recycled water pricing. Utilities Policy | IF: 3.247

Progress on SDG 6 in Refugee Camps in the Middle East: a comparative study . Utilities Policy | IF: 3.247

Water Disconnection and Vital Flow Policies: International Practices in Medium- and High-Income Countries. Water. MDPI | IF: 3.530

Review of Water Reuse from a Circular Economy Perspective. Water. MDPI | IF: 3.530


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