Alair Ferreira de Freitas


Doctor in Administration from the Federal University of Minas Gerais - UFMG, Bachelor in Cooperative Management and Master in Rural Extension, both from the Federal University of Viçosa - UFV. He is a professor at the Department of Rural Economics at UFV, permanent professor of the Postgraduate Programs in Rural Extension and Public Administration. He is currently a visiting researcher on a post-doctoral internship at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is coordinator of the Reference Center for Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives-CREC and of the Program Cooperar-convergences for sustainable rural development: cooperativism, agroecology and family farming; He is a member of the Brazilian Society of Economics, Administration and Rural Sociology (SOBER); Researcher at the Institute of Public Policies and Sustainable Development at UFV; Member of the Field Education and Agroecology Nucleus - ECOA/UFV; He was an advisor to the State Secretariat for Economic Development of Minas Gerais. He acted as a consultant in programs for the Government of Minas and the Ministry of Agrarian Development of Brazil. He was Director of Institutional Relations at UFV from 2017 to 2019. From 2015 to 2017 he was Coordinator of the Junior Companies Center, linked to the Technological Center for Regional Development of Viçosa (CENTEV / UFV). In 2015 he was awarded the José Gomes da Silva National Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Rural Sociology granted by SOBER. In 2019 he was one of 500 young people in the world selected for the global conference The Economy of Francesco, convened by Pope Francis. He coordinates and develops projects with public and private funding, national and international, in the area of ​​Socioeconomics and Sustainable Development, with an emphasis on the following themes: cooperativism and forms of collective action; family farming, agroecology and food security; public policy; social/solidarity and sustainable economy.