Elisa Mendes Vasconcelos


Personal profile


Prior to Manchester, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my Master’s from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, both in Brazil. I have experience as a research assistant in comparative poverty alleviation policies in Latin America (Brazil, Uruguay, and Mexico), as well as perceptions of political and bureaucratic elites towards social inequality.

My Ph.D. research deals with the gender gap in the upper-echelon political appointment posts in the Federal Executive Service in Brazil. I am interested in how formal and informal institutional rules operate to maintain the glass ceiling in these political-bureaucratic positions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General)
  • Bureaucratic Elites
  • Public Managers
  • Political Appointees
  • Federal Executive Service
  • Senior Executive Service
  • Public Administration
  • Feminist Institutionalism
  • Political Bureaucratic
  • HM Sociology
  • Poverty Alleviation Policies
  • Inequalities
  • Latin America
  • Quantitative Methods