Professor Marques received a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1987, a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1993 and obtained his doctoral degree in Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas in 1998. He is a “livre-docente” professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), a researcher and deputy director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies (Cepid /FAPESP) as well as the coordinator of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Metropolitan Studies (INCT/CEM - CNPq) . He is currently vice-president of RC-21 - International Sociological Association and trustee of FURS - Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (England). He is also the coordinator of the Summer School "Concepts, methods and techniques in Political Science" held by the International Political Science Association in association with the Department of Political Science, USP, and the International Relations Institute, USP. His field of interest is Political Science, especially the following themes: public policy, urban sociology and policy, urban poverty and social networks.