LEAP – Policy Development Initiative

A training programme for the creation of better public policies


Promoter: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Territorial reach: National
ODS: 16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies


Policy Development Initiative is a capacity-building program for formulating recommendations to guide evidence-based public policy making on sustainable production and consumption, designed for researchers and employees of non-governmental organisations, universities and public administration. The program is spearheaded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in collaboration with external partners – the International Centre for Policy Advocacy and IES – Social Business School.

It is a 10-month program during which participants attend six workshops and receive thematic and methodological assistance in the research and information gathering activities required for drawing up public policy recommendation documents.

The first edition began in September 2019 with 14 participants researching issues related with food, fisheries, marine resources and energy.

The goal of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in promoting this initiative is to make a positive contribution to debates that inform public policy decision-making processes, equipping people with experience and knowledge on the transition to more sustainable production and consumption patterns with the skills to influence public policy making.


Three LEAP participants share their experience in the program


Ongoing research:

Cláudia Correia, MARE – Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente
Searching for Portuguese Sustainable Management of Anadromous’ Fisheries: Role of Stakeholders’ Groups;

Inês Trigo, Direção-Geral de Política do Mar
How to promote sustainable seafood consumption in Portugal? A glimpse with campaigns as a starting point;

Ana Matias, Sciaena – Associação de Ciências Marinhas e Cooperação
Shaping Portuguese diet towards more sustainable, healthy and eco-friendly seafood eating habits;

Cristina Amaro da Costa, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu – Escola Superior e Agrária
What is the best policy to reduce the ‘un’sustainable use of pesticides in Portugal;

Cecília Delgado, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Policy instruments to increase peri-urban land availability for organic food production in Portugal, based on a multi-stakeholder approach;

Lia Cavaleiro, Secretary General of the Ministry for Labour, Solidarity and Social Security
Equality in the access of the Portuguese population to sustainably-produced food: studies for a behaviourally informed policy;

Denis Hickel, consultant with the Gonçalo da Silveira Foundation
Translating National Policies to Place: Co-creative participation to foster sustainable food system in Torres Novas;

Sérgio Pedro, Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra
Analysis of the impact of the ecosystem services provided by the agricultural sector and the viability of an ecosystem services valorisation and incentives policy;

Ana Marta Paz, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária
Soil and biodiversity conservation in irrigated farming;

Carina Arranja, FENAREG – Federação Nacional de Regantes de Portugal
How to ensure water supply to have irrigation in the future? A path for sustainability;

Ricardo Próspero, GEOTA – Grupo de Estudos em Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente
Expansion of irrigated farming versus water scarcity in Portugal;

Pedro Bragança, AMT – Autoridade da Mobilidade e Transportes
Economics of the transition from fossil fuels vehicles to electric vehicles;

Raquel Gaião Silva, BlueBio Alliance
Substantiating evidences to inform decision making on regulation of Genetic Resources on Mainland maritime territory;

Ekaterina Solomina, consultant with Dolphinaria Free Europe
Food Waste Reduction: Optimising Third Sector Driven Interventions.

Sustainable Development Goal


This project contributes to the following SDG target


Target 16.7

Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

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