Iscte ( is a Higher Education Institution created in 1972 organized among four schools: School of Social Sciences and Humanities (ECSH); School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP); School of Management (IBS); and School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA). With approximately 10 500 students in undergraduate (44%) and post-graduate (56%) programs, 390 full-time teaching staff, 390 researchers and 270 non-teaching staff, Iscte prides itself on being one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. 

It is a research oriented university with a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach, that includes eight research units, six laboratories. 

CIES ( is one of those R&D units in the area of social sciences dedicated to studying contemporary social problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. CIES’s main scientific domain is sociology, developing relevant activity in the fields of public policy, political science, communication, education, modern and contemporary history and social work.  

CIES’s activity is characterised by a demanding articulation between basic research and applied research mainly directed at the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies in various sectors and areas of intervention.  

At CIES, innovative research projects are developed in the production of knowledge and in methodological rigor funded through competitive calls, as well as applied research and knowledge-transfer activities, based on consolidated scientific competencies. The Centre is involved in numerous projects promoted by national and European institutions, and in international scientific research programmes and cooperation networks. 

Its team of about 300 members organizes their activities in six research groups: I – Inequalities, Migrations and Territories; II – Knowledge Society, Competences and Communication; III – Family, Generations and Health; IV – Politics and Citizenship; V – Work, Innovation and Social Structures of the Economy and VI – Modern and Contemporary History. 


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José Miguel da Graça Estevão André Nogueira

José Nogueira holds a degree in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Lisbon and is PhD in Public Policy from ISCTE - IUL (University Institute of Lisbon), with a thesis on disability. Researcher, Senior Consultant, expert in Public Policy and evaluation of social impact in projects of disability, inclusion and human rights; he is the author and co-author of research studies, articles and other publications in those areas of knowledge and; participated in international projects in OCDE, EU, Council of Europe, OIT and UN. He has spoken in international Congresses, Seminars and Conference of prestigious organizations. Until March 2017 José Nogueira was the Head of Cabinet of the Secretary of State of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

Patrícia Santos

Patrícia Santos graduated from Education Sciences at the University of Lisbon (2004) with a Master in Education and Society by ISCTE (2012) and PhD student in Sociology at ISCTE -IUL with a grant from FCT. Between 2004 and 2011 she coordinated and developed education projects in non-governmental organizations in Brazil and Portugal. Since 2011 she has been involved in research projects in sociology of education and sociology of knowledge and science at CIES-IUL.

Luís Manuel Antunes Capucha

Luis is a sociologist, the Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at ISCTE-IUL and a researcher at the Center for Research and Sociology Studies, since 1987. He is also a member of the National Council of Education.


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