Alcino Pinto Couto is an Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Economics, at University of Beira Interior. He has a PhD in Economics, University of Beira Interior. His current research interests are within the fields of International Political Economy, Environmental and Energy Economics and Education and Public Policies. He has participated in international projects funded by the European Union and published book chapters and articles in refereed national and international journals. He was President of the Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - University of Beira Interior; Advisory Board Member of the Political Observatory, Lisbon.