The University of Coimbra Center for Social Studies (CES)

May 10, 2019 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby

The Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra is a scientific institution focused on inter- and trans-disciplinary research and advanced training in the social sciences and humanities.

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Mission and Purpose

The stated goals of the University of Coimbra's Centre for Social Studies are to:

  • Promote innovative epistemologies and methodologies that contribute to the development of critical thinking and the construction of instruments of critical analysis of society
  • Stimulate an ecology of knowledge that recognizes cultural diversity 
  • Articulating scientific knowledge at all levels of analysis - local, national, regional, international and global
  • Strengthen international cooperation with organizations around the world;
  • Strengthen relations with the Global South by putting knowledge sharing, mutual recognition and intercultural understanding at the forefront
  • Stimulate science in society by increasing the involvement of citizens and civil society in scientific culture
  • Revitalize human rights and empower social groups that are victims of oppression, discrimination and exclusion
  • Promote thematic doctoral programs and advanced training activities in line with the most pressing challenges for science;
  • Promote research on culture and art and encourage critical evaluation of the past as a way of promoting new ways of reflecting on science, knowledge and society
  • Support the policy-making process by conducting applied research in those areas that impact the well-being of society[1]

Origins and Development 

The CES began as a transdisciplinary project in 1978, started by a small group of researchers under the direction of Boaventura de Sousa Santos. 

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

Major Projects and Events

Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also


[1] "Objectivos Gerais," 

[2] "História," 

External Links

Official website (Portuguese): 

Official website (English): 


Lead image: Universidade de Coimbra,