Master (MSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 77/2013 de 31-05-2013
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Lectured in Portuguese and English
Teaching Type In person

Faculty for (2023/2024)

Institutions in Contemporary Societies
PhD in Sociology from Iscte- Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Iscte-IUL) in 2023. I studied the political appropriation of the notion of resilience and its role in transforming the European social model in the aftermath of the 2007/8 financial crisis and the global pandemic crisis in 2020, presenting a dissertation with the title: Everything is not gonna be alright: contributions to a critical perspective on social resilience. Graduated in Sociology in 2004 and finished a Master in Urban Studies in 2010, in both cases from Iscte-IUL. I am currently an integrated researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (Cies-IUL), integrating the line of research “Inequalities, Work and Well Being”, and guest assistant professor at Iscte-IUL, integrated in the Department of Political Science and Policies Public (ESPP). I am a researcher in studies in the areas of poverty and social inequalities, social protection, employment, and education, with an emphasis on evaluating policies aimed at reducing poverty and increasing the qualifications of disadvantaged social groups. I am co-author of articles in national and international publications, such as: “Labor relations under hardship in Europe: contributions for social resilience theory” (2023), “Fighting poverty in times of crisis in Europe: Is resilience a hidden resource for social policy?” (2022), “Welfare State Development in Portugal: From “Stage Zero” to the Post-Crisis “Leftist” Compromise against Austerity” (2019), “Crisis and Poverty in Portugal: resilience or social protection?” (2018), “Resilience: Moving from a “heroic” notion to a sociological concept” (2017), among others. My main research interests are: poverty, social inequalities and resilience; public policies; economic sociology and political economy; and education.
Research Methods in Social Sciences
Filipa Pinho is a sociologist and holds a PhD degree in sociology awarded by Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. She is invited assistant professor at the School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP, Iscte), since the school year 2019/2020. Was, between January 2019 and September 2021, a post doctoral researcher at CES Coimbra, on the project Experiences and Expectations of Return of New Portuguese Emigrants: Reintegration and Mobilities, in which CIES_Iscte was also a participant research centre (and in which Filipa is associate researcher). Her research interests have been focused mainly in international migration (Portuguese emigration, Brazilian emigration to Portugal, migration policy, refugees) and, more recently, on housing data (participanes on the project LxHabidata) . Was invited assistant researcher of the projects PandPAS and Below 10, at CIES-IUL, in 2018. Before, Filipa was the Executive Coordinator at the Emigration Observatory since its foundation, in 2009, until 2013. She has been, also, a project coordinator and researcher at International Organization for Migration in Lisbon (in 2004 and in 2014) and researcher in several projects, among which: Empreender 2020 - Regresso de uma Geração Preparada/ The return of a prepared generation - AEP Foundation (2017); Integration and political participation of immigrants (2015), for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); Support and Opposition do Migration in a Comparative Perspective (2017). She worked as a Consultant for IPPS-Iscte and for PPLL, Lda, and worked as a market researcher for national and international companies.
Research Methods in Social Sciences
Sociology of Modernity
Research Design
Institutions in Contemporary Societies
Research Design
  João Sebastião, sociologist, PhD in Sociology. Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policies at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and researcher at the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology-IUL (CIES-IUL), where he was director between 2014 and 2020. His main research areas are social inequalities in education, educational policies and school violence. In convergence with the research in sociology of education worked as expert in the area of school violence for different national and international institutions (OECD, EU, Council of Europe; or as developer and Coordinator of the School Safety Observatory of the Portuguese Ministry of Education, among others). At CIES maintains a line of work of applied science on programs about school success and early school leaving, class dimension, school violence and municipal educational plans, cooperating with schools, local authorities or NGOs.  
Master Dissertation in Sociology | Sociology of Modernity
Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology in ISCTE-IUL (since 2020). Lecturer in the Doctoral Programmes of Sociology (ISCTE-IUL, since 2006), Urban Studies (FCSH-UNL/ISCTE-IUL, 2016-7), and Social Work (ISCTE-IUL, 2004-5). Lecturer (since 2006) and director (2009-2022) in the Master Programme of Sociology in ISCTE-IUL. Lecturer in the Graduation Programmes of Sociology (since 1994) and OGE  (1991-4) in ISCTE-IUL, and Environment Engineering in Instituto Superior Técnico (1997-9). Member of the Council for the Coordination of the Internationalization of Iscte-IUL (since 2020). Alternate member of the Scientific Commission (since 2022), vice-director (2013-6) and member of the Executive Commission (1995-8) of the Department of Sociology ISCTE-IUL. Member of the Scientific Commissions of the Doctoral Programme in Sociology (since 2006) and Social Work  (ISCTE-IUL, 2007-8), and of the Master Programme in Social Sciences (ISCTE-Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, 2003-6). Member of the Commission for the Evaluation of the Activity of the Researchers in the field of Communication and Culture (since 2021), President of the General Assembly of the Cooperative (2012-2023), member of the Scientific Council (since 1998), co-coordination of the research area of Inequalities, Migrations and Territory (2006-2022), member of the Executive Board of the Cooperative (2006-12), member of the Executive Board (1998-2000; 1995-8) and integrated researcher at CIES-IUL (since 1987). Member of the Executive Board (1998-2000) and researcher at OBSERVA - Observatory of the Environment, Society and Public Opinion (1997-2001). Researcher at Centre of Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (2005-6). Member of the Executive Board (1991-3) and researcher at Centre for Territorial Studies CET-IUL (1991-2005). Research scholarships at the Institute of Social Sciences (1990-1), the Permanent Observatory of University Students (1989-90), and the National Board for Scientific and Technological Research (JNICT) (1988-9). Researcher at Nucleus for Urban and Territorial Studies CIES-IUL (1987-91).  Collaboration in 59 research projects and studies, 32 as coordinator. Participation in 23 books, 25 scientific articles, 21 papers in scientific congress acts, and 98 oral communications in scientific events.  Member of the Editorial Council (since 2003) and the Editorial Board (1993-2018) of the journal Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas. Member of the Deontological Board (2006-10), the General Assembly (1994-8), the Coordination Commission of the Professional Field (1991-4), and associate (since 1988) of the Portuguese Sociological Association. Member of the International Sociological Association, and the European Urban Knowledge Network. Collaboration with diverse universities in Portugal and other countries, namely with University of Cabo Verde, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, University of Stellenbosch, State University of St. Petersburg, Universidad de Las Palmas, and University of South Australia.
Contemporary Social Inequalities
Professor Nuno Nunes, Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon Key-Expertise: inequality, collective action, well-being, development, and digital society. Homepage: With a Ph.D. in Sociology (since 2011), my thesis was about Social Inequalities and Collective Action in Europe. First and after my doctorate, I was a Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte), but since 2018 I have also become Professor at Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, one of the most prestigious Portuguese universities. Currently, I am teaching “Contemporary Social Inequalities”, “Sociology of Development”, “Sociology of Globalisation”, “Work, Organisations and Technology”, and “Introduction to Sociology”. I have been mainly working on the themes of inequality, class, collective action, and well-being. Today's world is much better understood from the perspective of social inequalities, which continue to decisively mark the lives of people, institutions, and societies. My scientific objectives are precisely to contribute to the strengthening of theoretical, analytical, and empirical instruments capable of understanding their multidimensionality, mechanisms, and intersections. There are multiple social phenomena influenced by inequalities, social classes, and social stratification processes and it is in this sense that I have developed my work, seeking to understand how social inequalities influence collective action and the well-being of citizens. My research has followed the approach that inequality processes are increasingly global, but that national and intra-national scales remain equally relevant. I have published 20 articles, 5 Books, 27 Book Chapters, 13 Working Papers, and 8 Proceedings of Scientific Meetings, 28 of them with internationally recognized scope. My articles have appeared in European Societies, Journal of Civil Society, Education Sciences, Sensors, Portuguese Journal of Social Science, Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, European Journal of Engineering and Formal Sciences, Sociologia On Line, and Sociologia. I am participating or have participated in 25 research projects, 9 of them international, and 13 under my coordination (3 national coordination of international projects and 10 national projects). My research has been funded by FCT – Foundation of Science and Technology, the European Union (Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020), the Spanish National Research Council, Portuguese foundations, Portuguese municipalities, and NGOs. I have participated in 142 conferences, 63 international and 44 as a keynote speaker.  I have organized 27 scientific events, 10 of them international. I belong to the international network “International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies”. Between 2016-2023, I was the team coordinator in charge of the National Research Stream ‘Social Classes, Inequalities, and Public Policies’ of the Portuguese Sociological Association (APS). Currently, I supervise Ph.D. and master thesis on the subjects of social inequalities, class, elites, collective action, social cohesion, welfare, and digital divides.  I am a National Adviser for Horizon Europe, Coordinator of the Thematic Line “Digital Transformation” of the SocioDigital Lab for Public Policy, Member of the General Council of Iscte and the Editorial Board of “Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas” [Sociology, Problems, and Practices], and Subdirector of the Publisher “Mundos Sociais” [Social Worlds].
Institutions in Contemporary Societies
2nd Cycle Internship
Teresa Seabra ( graduated in Pedagogy (1980) and Sociology (1989), master in Sociology (1995) and PhD in Sociology (2008). Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, ISCTE-IUL. Director of the Master's Degree in Education and Society. Researcher at the Center for Research and Sociology Studies at the University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL) since 1993. Main fields of research: social inequalities in education; descendants of immigrants in school; family education; the school effect on school outcomes. Author and co-author of several articles in scientific journals, chapters of books and books. Among the publications, we highlight the book Adaptation and Adversity: the school performance of students of Indian and Cape Verdean origin in basic education, published in 2010 by the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS-UL). Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Sociology of Education of the Portuguese Association of Sociology (APS).
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