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Research Interests

My research interests focus on how economies are constructed and changed. Specific topics of interest include the creation of markets for the governance of public goods; and the construction of sustainable and inclusive economies.

Vision Statement

Economic phenomena don’t emerge naturally; they are constructed. My research focuses on how people, ideas, technology, data and power all come together in economic assemblages to produce the modern economy – or how they fail to do so. For this purpose, my work takes a multidisciplinary approach, informed by disciplines such as economic geography, economic anthropology, marketing and economics.

My current work looks at a number of specific contexts, including: local and regional economic development; markets for biodiversity offsets; social investment; and cryptocurrencies.



Dr Carlos Ferreira joined Coventry University in January 2014. He holds a BSc in Psychology, a PgDip in Marketing and an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics. Before his academic career, he worked in the marketing research industry in Portugal.

Dr Ferreira’s doctoral research focused on markets for biodiversity offsets. The resulting thesis brought together Social Studies of Finance and Neo-Polanyian Instituted Economic Process approaches to identify the generative mechanisms involved in the creation of these markets. This doctoral research was funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester.

Carlos’ research interests focus primarily on how economies are made and changed, with an evolving interest in how alternative economic spaces and actors are imagined and constructed. Located at the intersection of business and policy, his work explores two main topics: how to deliver sustainable, inclusive and smart regional economic development; and how data and humans come together in business environments.

Dr. Carlos Ferreira is Co-PI in the ReSSI project, and PI in the Consumers and Biodiversity Offsets project.

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Research Output

Coffee, communication and community: coffee shop culture in a time of Coronavirus and social distancing

Ferreira, J. & Ferreira, C., 27 Apr 2020

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    Failure to expand? Socio-technical practices and moral judgement in markets for biodiversity offsets

    Ferreira, C. & Ferreira, J., 3 Sep 2019, In : New Political Economy. 24, 5, p. 716-733 18 p.

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    • 12 Participation in conference

    The Institute of Social Marketing Open University (ISM-Open) Conference

    Carlos Ferreira (Speaker)
    29 Sep 2014

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    28th Annual Conference of The British Academy of Management

    Carlos Ferreira (Speaker)
    9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference

    Carlos Ferreira (Speaker)
    26 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) Conference 2014

    Carlos Ferreira (Speaker)
    17 Sep 201419 Sep 2014

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    Responsible Innovation Workshop

    Carlos Ferreira (Speaker)
    7 Jul 2012

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    Understanding knowledge sharing in an online community: within the context of green clothing

    Author: Beech, R., Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Kumar, A. (Supervisor), Ferreira, C. (Supervisor) & Simkin, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy