Francisco Silva Pinto

Francisco Silva Pinto


My research interests cover the application of numerical modeling and analytics to support decision making. Those applications, mainly grounded in Operations Research (OR), cover governance, pricing and finance of utilities (mainly water supply, wastewater and waste), with a focus on tariff structures and key investments under critical socio-economic and environmental situations. Additional experience in the adaptation of IT technologies for flood forecasting and alerts, asset management, and economic-financial viability of affordable housing. Experience in teaching, R&D and consulting projects, organization of thematic events (e.g., conferences, workshops) and publishing initiatives (as Editor, Reviewer and Author). - Main areas of expertise - NUMERICAL MODELLING & ANALYTICS Multi-criteria Value-based Methods | Multi-criteria Outranking Methods | Multi-Objective Optimization Programming | Discrete Event Simulation | System Dynamics | Data Envelopment Analysis | Stochastic Frontiers | Statistics | Data Mining INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS (mainly water supply, wastewater, waste and flood management) Systems Governance | Pricing - Tariff structure modeling | Contracting | Investment | Risk Analysis | Climate Change | Utility Economics & Policy | Regulatory Substance | Regulatory Governance | Regulatory Impact Assessment | Problem Structuring | Elicitation of Preferences | Uncertainty | Performance | Productivity | Efficiency | Design | Planning | Desalination | Wastewater and Stormwater Reuse | Nature Based Solutions ORGANIZATION, COORDINATION & MANAGEMENT Scientific Events & Initiatives | R&D projects | Procurement | Proposal Preparation | Team Building Planning | Negotiation | Communication | Assessment | Monitoring Reporting | Public Presentation | Consulting | Reviews in ISI Journals


  • Doutoramento
    Engenharia e Gestão
  • Mestrado integrado
    Engenharia Civil



Artigo em revista

  • 2023-07-30, Reaching Universal Coverage of Water and Sanitation Services: Is Regionalization a Sustainable Path for Developing Countries?, Water
  • 2022-11, Aedes Aegypti —Insights on the Impact of Water Services, GeoHealth
  • 2022-10-17, How to co-design a flood early warning system (FEWS) for West Africa, Water Science Policy
  • 2022-06-13, The role of multi-criteria decision analysis in a transdisciplinary process: co-developing a flood forecasting system in western Africa, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • 2021-10, Real-time prediction of COVID-19 patients health situations using Artificial Neural Networks and Fuzzy Interval Mathematical modeling, Applied Soft Computing
  • 2021, Adapting water tariffs to climate change: Linking resource availability, costs, demand, and tariff design flexibility, Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2020, Economic analysis of drinking water services, case of the city of Souk-Ahras (Algeria), Water Practice and Technology
  • 2018, Tariff regulation in the waste sector: An unavoidable future, Waste Management
  • 2018, How to watch the watchmen? The role and measurement of regulatory governance, Utilities Policy
  • 2018, Effectiveness of solid waste policies in developing countries: A case study in Brazil, Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2018, Contributing to water security through water tariffs: some guidelines for implementation mechanisms, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
  • 2017-12, New era / new solutions: The role of alternative tariff structures in water supply projects, Water Research
  • 2017-10, Desalination projects economic feasibility: A standardization of cost determinants, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • 2017-09-14, Water services performance: do operational environment and quality factors count?, Urban Water Journal
  • 2017, The quality of service: An overall performance assessment for water utilities, Omega-International Journal of Management Science
  • 2017, Raising the bar: The role of governance in performance assessments, Utilities Policy
  • 2016, Tariff Suitability Framework for Water Supply Services Establishing a Regulatory Tool Linking Multiple Stakeholders' Objectives, Water Resources Management
  • 2016, Redrafting Water Governance Guiding the way to improve the status quo, Utilities Policy
  • 2015, Tariff structures for water and sanitation urban households: a primer, Water Policy
  • 2015, Tariff recommendations: A Panacea for the Portuguese water sector?, Utilities Policy
  • 2015, Contracting water services with public and private partners: a case study approach, Journal of Water Supply Research and Technology-Aqua
  • 2015, A multi-objective approach with soft constraints for water supply and wastewater coverage improvements, European Journal of Operational Research


  • 2022, Routledge Handbook of Urban Water Governance, Thomas Bolognesi; Francisco Silva Pinto; Megan Farrelly, Routledge

Capítulo de livro

  • 2024, Sustainable Transport: A Systematic Literature Review
  • 2024, Improving Regulations for Automated Design Checking Through Decision Analysis Good Practices: A Conceptual Application to the Construction Sector

Outra produção

  • 2022-07-01, Urban water governance
  • 2022-07-01, Urban water cycle and services


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