Hugo Horta is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong (working at HKU since September 2014).
After completing his Ph.D in Management and Industrial Engineering at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), University of Lisbon, in 2007 (part of it performed in the Netherlands and in the US), and a postdoctoral spell in Tohoku University, Japan, he worked as Advisor to the Portuguese Secretary of State of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, from 2010 to 2011. He also served as the Portuguese National delegate to the European Research Area Steering Committee on Human Resources and Mobility until 2014, chairing the ERA Working Group “Grant Portability”, which analyzed the possibility to establish a grant portability scheme among European countries.
Throughout this period, he authored and co-authored 90 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Management Science, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Science and Public Policy, Research Evaluation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Scientometrics, Minerva, and Studies in Higher Education among others, as well as chapters in edited books and specialized handbooks.
His main topics of interest refer to academic research processes and outcomes (including research agendas and research productivity), academic immobility, mobility and knowledge dynamics, and career trajectories of PhD holders. He is currently Coordinating editor of Higher Education, a leading journal of higher education studies, and sits in the advisory/editorial boards of several international higher education (e.g, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management) and science and technology journals (e.g, Research Evaluation). He is also the Chairperson of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) since 2022, after becoming member of the CHER board of directors in 2018.