The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Flavio Pinheiro Martins

The Role of Infrastructure in Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Brazilian Communities

School research theme: Engineering for International Development Centre (EFID)
Research supervisors: Professor Priti Parikh and Professor Monica Lakhanpaul
Start date: November 2022

With a background in interdisciplinary studies and sustainability, and as a doctoral candidate at University College London (UCL), my research experience revolves around the intersections of sustainable development, public health, and infrastructure for societal advancement. I have conducted several studies on the linkages between different areas and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which I have continued to explore during my time at UCL and as a member of the Engineering for International Development Centre (EFID) research group.

The primary focus of my PhD research is to investigate the impact of infrastructure on the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) in traditional and vulnerable communities in Brazil. Through this study, my aim is to understand how infrastructure influences the attainment of Universal Health Coverage in these specific Brazilian communities, with the support of the Socio-Ecological Model. By addressing this research question, my intention is to contribute to our understanding of the relationship between infrastructure, healthcare delivery, and health outcomes in vulnerable populations. The insights gained from this study will provide valuable information to guide the development and implementation of targeted interventions, ultimately improving access to healthcare services and working towards the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage in traditional Brazilian communities.


Publication highlights

  • Martins, F., Lima, A., Diep, L., Cezarino, L., Liboni, L., Tostes, R., & Parikh, P. (2023). COVID-19, SDGs and public health systems: Linkages in Brazil. Health Policy OPEN, 4, 100090.

  • Diep, L., Martins, F. P., Campos, L. C., Hofmann, P., Tomei, J., Lakhanpaul, M., & Parikh, P. (2021). Linkages between sanitation and the sustainable development goals: A case study of Brazil. Sustainable Development, 29(2), 339-352.

  • Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B., Hunter, T., Pacheco, L. M., & Martins, F. P. (2022). Corporate social responsibility in emerging markets: Opportunities and challenges for sustainability integration. Journal of Cleaner Production, 132224.

Other publications

  • Petrović, N., Ćirović, M., & Martins, F. P. (2023). The Role of Higher Education in Transition to a Circular Economy: Journey on the "Yellow Brick Road" to Sustainability. In Sustainable Business Change: Project Management Toward Circular Economy (pp. 3-39). Springer International Publishing Cham.

  • Donaires, O. S., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B., Ribeiro, E. M. S., & Martins, F. P. (2023). Multivariate data analysis of categorical data: taking advantage of the rhetorical power of numbers in qualitative research. Quality & Quantity, 1-30.

  • Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B., Martins, F. P., Aveiro, P., & Caldan, A. F. (2023). Unveiling Diversity and the Unwanted Inequality in Organizational Leadership. In The Route Towards Global Sustainability: Challenges and Management Practices (pp. 163-176). Springer International Publishing Cham.

  • Cezarino, L., Liboni, L., Martins, F., & Goulart, A. (2023). Need for Silence, Craving for Communication: The Dyad Digital Education and Soft Skills in an Emerging Economy Context. In The Future of Responsible Management Education: University Leadership and the Digital Transformation Challenge (pp. 173-192). Springer International Publishing Cham.

  • Meyer, V., Martins, F. P., Reihlen, M., Pleß, F., & Zadeh, Y. A. (2022). Developing Responsible and Sustainable Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education—Introducing the Sandbox Approach. In Transforming Entrepreneurship Education: Interdisciplinary Insights on Innovative Methods and Formats (pp. 37-43). Springer International Publishing Cham.

  • Martins, F. P., Larina, V., Ivanova, E., Dynin, A., Chernysheva, A., & Volkova, A. (2022). Factors driving sustainability in a transitioning economy business school. Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 5(4), 299-320.

  • Lourenco, C. E., Nunes-Galbes, N. M., Borgheresi, R., Cezarino, L. O., Martins, F. P., & Liboni, L. B. (2022). Psychological Barriers to Sustainable Dietary Patterns: Findings from Meat Intake Behaviour. Sustainability, 14(4), 2199.

  • Elias, M., Liboni, L. B., Cezarino, L. O., Pinheiro Martins, F., Pimenta, M. L., Hilletofth, P., & Hilmola, O. (2022). Shedding Light on the Brazilian Amazon Biotrade: A Study on Sustainable Development in Native Communities. Sustainability, 14(19), 12826.

  • Martins, F. P., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B., Botelho Junior, A. B., & Hunter, T. (2022). Interdisciplinarity-Based Sustainability Framework for Management Education. Sustainability, 14(19), 12289.

  • Martins, F. P., Lourenço, C. E., Mata, M. M., Santana, A. B. C., de Medeiros, M. A. T., & Batalhão, A. C. S. (2022). Food Security in Emerging Economies: Trends From Scoping Review Under the Sustainability Lens. Martins, F. P., & Borges, J. C. (2019). ODS no tabuleiro: reflexões sobre educação para o desenvolvimento sustentável através de jogos comerciais.

  • Ambrizzi, T., Gomes, T. M., da Rocha Brando, F., Martins, F. P., Malheiros, T., Espinosa, D. C. R., & de Almeida, P. S. (2021). USP’s Environmental Policy in the SDGs Approach. In Universities, Sustainability and Society: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 415-433). Springer International Publishing Cham.

  • Versuti, F. M., Dalle Mulle, R. L., Guerreiro, C. A. R., Martins, F. P., & Peralta, D. A. (2020). Habilidades socioemocionais e tecnologias educacionais: revisão sistemática de literatura. Revista Brasileira de Informática na Educação, 28, 1086-1104.


  • Martins, F. P. (2021). Interdisciplinarity in education for sustainable development: business schools perspectives (Master thesis). Universidade de São Paulo.


  • Martins, F. P., Casagrande, B. P., Cezarino, L. O., Passador, C. S., Liboni, L. B., & Neves, M. F. (2022). Geopolitics of Clean Energy: Biofuels in the Pandemic's Aftershock. Paper presented at the Sustainable Operations session of the POMS International Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

  • Martins, F. P., Ahokas, M., Botelho Junior, A. B., Cezarino, L. O., & Liboni, L. B. (2022). Urban Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals: Direct and Indirect Linkages. Paper presented at the 29th International EurOMA Conference, University of Sussex Business School, Berlin. Lourenco, C. E., & Martins, F. P. (2022). Food Security in Emerging Economies: Trends from Scoping Review under the 2030 Agenda Lens. Paper presented at the 2022 AMA Marketing and Public Policy Conference. Presented at [Conference Venue].

  • Martins, F.,  Cezarino, L., Liboni, L., & Rosa, B. (2022). Student-led service-learning for civilisational grand challenges: Entrepreneurship training with 2030 agenda thematic. Paper presented at the Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference. Presented at [Conference Venue].

  • Miranda, H., Martins, F. P., Kanematsu, J., LaTorre, E., & Espinosa, D. C. (2021). Harnessing expertise and bridging gaps towards a civilizational advance: The Latin American Chapter for the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) (Oral presentation). ISCN 2021 Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education. Lausanne, Switzerland (virtual).

  • Carmona, B. T., Silva, L. Q., Martins, F., Passaglia, R. C. A. T., Versuti, F. M., Cruz, M., & Cezarino, L. O. (2021). 2030 Agenda and health literacy in the classroom: an educational approach for addressing Sustainability and Inflammatory Diseases (Oral Presentation).

  • Cruz, M., Silva, J. L. E., Martins, F., Stoque, F. M. V., Cezarino, L. O. (2020). What does Mr. Gratus have to say about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Common National Curriculum Base? (Oral presentation). MOBILIZATION FOR EQUITY: 6th Seminar on Curriculum, Culture and Identity & 2nd International Seminar on Life Sciences Education (joint event).

  • Antonio, M. C. G., Martins, F. P., Sgobbi, R. F., Falcoski, R. M., Versuti, F. M., & Godoy, L. D. (2020). Managing emotions, promoting sustainability (Oral presentation). MOBILIZATION FOR EQUITY: 6th Seminar on Curriculum, Culture and Identity & 2nd International Seminar on Life Sciences Education (joint event).

  • Anna F. Lima, Martins, F. P., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B., & Tostes, R. (2020). Infectious diseases and civilizational aspirations: a framework under the lens of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Oral presentation). 1st Meeting of the Graduate Program at the University of São Paulo "Women on Science."

  • Braga, C. M. S., Versuti, F. M., & Martins, F. P. (2020). Neuroscience and inclusive education: evaluating the effect of a teacher training program (Virtual-Poster Oral presentation). 1st Meeting of the Graduate Program at the University of São Paulo "Women on Science."

  • Silva, L. Q., Carmona, B. T., Martins, F., Ferreira, M., Cezarino, L. O., & Passaglia, R. C. A. T. (2020). Infectious Diseases and Sustainable Development Goals: Contextualized Teaching Sequence (Oral presentation). 1st Meeting of the Graduate Program at the University of São Paulo "Women on Science."

  • Martins, F. P., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B. (2020). An interdisciplinary approach to education for sustainable development: a study in PRME business schools (Oral presentation). 7th Responsible Management Research Conference (virtual conference).

  • Martins, F. P., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B. (2020). Sustainable Development Education and the planetary boundaries: How HEIs walk their talk on the edge of the Anthropocene? (Conference Track). 7th Responsible Management Research Conference (virtual conference).

  • Martins, F. P., Jehan, E., Cezarino, L. O., Liboni, L. B. (2020). Interactive game: SDGs challenge (Side/cultural event). 7th Responsible Management Research Conference (virtual conference).

  • Develey, L. D., Martins, F. P., Figueira, T. R. (2020). Environmental education in motion: tools for contextualizing the teaching of sustainability at the School of Physical Education and Sports of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (Oral presentation). II Symposium on Environmental Education and Transition to Sustainable Societies - Municipalities that Educate for Sustainability.

  • Borges, J. C., Martins, F. P., Caldana, A. C. F. (2019). The quest for nuclear fusion energy: main players, investments, and forecasts (Virtual Poster-Oral Presentation). International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS).

  • Souza, L. B. F., Martins, F., Morilas, L. (2019). BIDDING EFFICIENCY: A STUDY ON THE WEB PURCHASING SYSTEM. XXVI SIMPEP - CHALLENGES OF PRODUCTION ENGINEERING IN THE CONTEXT OF INDUSTRY 4.0. Martins, F. P., Cezarino, L. O., Amui, L. B. L., Caldana, A. C. F. (2018). SDG in Business Schools Through the Hidden Face of the Curriculum. Academy of Management Specialized conference on Responsible Leadership in Rising Economies. Martins, F. P., Rebehy, P. C. P. W., Castro, J. M. de, Passador, C. S. (2018). OPEN INNOVATION IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: A REVIEW UNDER THE LENS OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN HACKATHONS. XXV PRODUCTION ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM: Innovation and Sustainability in Business Process Management.

  • Martins, F. P., Morilas, L. (2018). THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC PURCHASES IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY: THE CASE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO. XXI International Meeting on Environmental Management and Environment (ENGEMA).

  • Martins, F. P., Foltran, N. A., Rebehy, P. C. P. W. (2018). SDG metrics to responsible management in a business school: a social network layout approach. XXI International Meeting on Environmental Management and Environment (ENGEMA). Martins, F. P., Morilas, L. (2017). BIDDING FAILURE: AN APPROACH FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF MORALITY. XXIV SIMPEP: CONTRIBUTIONS OF PRODUCTION ENGINEERING TO A LOW CARBON ECONOMY.

  • Lemos, P. F. I., Ambrizzi, T., Brando, F. R., Gomes, T. M., Espinosa, D. C. R., Malheiros, T. F., Almeida, P. S., Martins, F. P., Botelho Junior, A. B. (2019). 13th International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) - São Paulo 2019 (Congress). Versuti, F. M., Santos, D. D., Ponti, M. A., Picoli, R., Mulle, R. L. D., Silva, J. L. E., Martins, F. P. (2019). International Life Sciences Education Seminar: Quality Without Leaving Anyone