PhD and MA in Social Anthropology from the National Museum (PPGAS/MN-UFRJ) Eugênia Motta graduated in Social Sciences from the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IFCS-UFRJ). As well as being a regular lecturer on the Graduate Programme in Sociology at IESP-UERJ, she works as a professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at UFRJ (DAC/IFCS-UFRJ).

One of the coordinators of the CASA Group and a researcher at the Culture and Economy Research Centre (NuCEC). Since 2012, she has been doing fieldwork in Rio’s favelas, studying everyday economics, family and gender. She also carries out research into quantification, studying the production and use of statistics.