Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP)

Founded in 1969 by a group of professors secluded from the universities during the most difficult years of the military regime (1964-85), Cebrap’s seminars, publications, and research reflected independent critical thinking and political resistance.

Active for four decades, Cebrap has concluded more than 500 research projects, worked with circa 200 national and international partners, and has established itself as a cutting-edge research center in the humanities, philosophy as well as in literary and artistic criticism, housing some of the country’s greatest intellectuals and serving as a debate forum on major national issues. Cebrap is among the world’s most influential think tanks, ranking 16th in the category "Top Think Tanks in Central and South America", and 35th in the "Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Public Programs" (Global Go To Think Tank Index, developed by the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania).

Training programs and intergenerational research teams

Cebrap currently comprises 166 fellow researchers, 68 of whom hold a PhD degree. While still maintaining some of its founders, Cebrap has attained a rare generational transition, functioning for decades as an incubator for two new generations of researchers. Cebrap has trained 116 young researchers on its Academic and Professional Training Course (1986-2002) and its Post-Doctoral Program (2003-2007). The success of these programs is attested by the large number of graduates in prominent positions in universities as well as within government positions.

Since 2009, Cebrap also houses the Young Researchers Center, comprised of MA and PhD humanities students engaged in research or already conducting research projects on their own.

As a result of this intergenerational conviviality, CEBRAP research teams currently count with the long and renowned experience of senior researchers and the vitality of new agendas and skills of the younger generation.


Cebrap has a four-decade long tradition with research in the social sciences. Researchers resort to a variety of research methods, such as international comparative studies, socioeconomic diagnoses and surveys, case studies, ethnographies, focus groups, and evaluations on policies and social programs as well as consultancies to local, state, and federal governments. Over the past five years, the Center has worked with an annual average of 10 research projects.

Currently, Cebrap conducts ongoing research on citizenship, elections, political institutions, participation, governance, social movements, socioenvironmental conflicts, public policies on health and education, affirmative action and racial inequality, demographic changes, urban growth and mobility, metropolitan poverty and vulnerability, labor market, development, technological innovation, civil, social, reproductive and cultural rights, South-South cooperation, youth, religion, history, philosophy, law and moral.

America Brazil
Institution type
Non French Institutions Other non-university research institute or think tank