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 400 scientific publications in several countries, including 14 books and two theses and more than 190 referred journal articles.He also produced more than 300 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 20 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.


23rd February 2018

Sustainability Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017

11th September 2017
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

Waste services' performance assessment: The case of Tuscany, Italy | IF: 5.448


Irrigation water tariffs: lessons for Portugal. Water Policy | IF: 1.093

Models of Subsidies for Water and Sanitation Services for Vulnerable People in South American Countries: Lessons for Brazil. Water | IF: 2.721​

Using multi-criteria decision analysis to rank European health systems: The Beveridgian financing case. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. IF: 4.149

Revisiting the comparison of public and private water services provision: an empirical study in Portugal. Water | IF: 2.721​


Outsourcing through intermunicipal cooperation: waste collection and treatment services in Southeast Brazil. Public Money & Management | IF: 1.215

Water utilities performance analysis in developing countries: On an adequate model for universal access. Journal of Environmental Management ! IF: 5.589



Regulation and Universal Access to Sanitation. Urban Sanitation and PIR Workshop with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GF), Lisboa, August.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in water sector: Review. Presented at EURAM 2019, Lisboa, June. 

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