Doctorate Degree (PhD)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2019
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 69/2019 de 03-10-2019
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School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00

Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte)

PhD Management
 Building 4, room 329
(+351) 210 464 195
monday to friday, 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00

Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

The team that coordinates the activites of this programme, including the lecturing of compulsory units, is composed of the following professors and researchers:

·         Luís Capucha (Diretor)

·         Álvaro Rosa

·         Francisco Nunes

·         Helena Carvalho

·         João Salis Gomes

·         João Sebastião

·         Luís Dias Martins

·         Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues

·         Maria Luísa Veloso

·         Patrícia Durães Ávila

·         Ricardo Borges Rodrigues

·         Susana da Cruz Martins

·         Teresa Patrício

·         Teresa Seabra


provisional list


Other researchers with PhDs at CIES (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology) also participate in the research and thesis supervision of the doctoral candidates.



Faculty for (2023/2024)

Theories and Methodologies of Planning and Evaluation in Education
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 Methodologies Applied to Policies of School Administration and Management
Has a PhD in Sociology by ISCTE (2015), is a integrated researcher in CIES-IUL since 2020 e invited teacher in the Department of "Métodos de Pesquisa Social" (30%) in ISCTE. Started to work in research in 2008 (in another research centre, CICS.NOVA), and has a vast experience in research projects in the areas of education, public policies, school administration and management, diagnostic studies for strategic planning and models of evaluation of projects/ programs. Besides those areas, her interests include studies about social inclusion and the mobilization and development of multimethod strategies.
Project Seminar in Policies of School Administration and Management
  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.  
Current Issues of Policies of School Administration and Management | Phd Thesis in Policies of School Administration and Management
Sociologist, associated professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at ISCTE-IUL and researcher at the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology, since 1987. Member of the National Council of Education. Former diretor of the Scientific Journal Sociology, Problems and Practices. The main research themes are policies to combat poverty and social exclusion, social policies, education and training policies, popular cultures, rehabilitation of people with disabilities, and planning and evaluation methodologies. He is the author of books, chapters of books,  articles and other papers (more than one hundred and a half) published in Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mauritania, Belgium and Angola. He presented communications and lectures in about two hundred scientific meetings in Portugal and abroad. He was Director General of the Department of Studies, Prospects and Planning of the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity (1998-2001), Director General of the Directorate General of Innovation and Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Education (2006-2008) and President of the Agency For the Qualification (2008-2011). He was a member of the Employment Committee of the European Union. He is an active collaborator of diverse associations, of social, professional and local character.
Policies and Institutions of the Education and Training System
Susana da Cruz Martins, sociologist, with PhD in Sociology. Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy (School of Sociology and Public Policy) of ISCTE-IUL. Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte) and member of Inequality Observatory (CIES-Iscte). She has been the (Portuguese) national coordinator of the European Project Eurostudent, II, III VI and VII (Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe). She was Gulbenkian Professorship (by FC Gulbenkian) and she has participated and coordinated several research projects, national and international, dedicated to areas of research such as education policies, higher education, comparative education systems, education and social mobility, and social inequalities.
Exemplary Research in Policies of School Administration and Management
PhD in Public Policy and Master in Education. Coordinating professor of definitive appointment of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, to which he presided from 1996 to 2005. At the Higher School of Education of the same Institute, he has been in charge of scientific and pedagogical direction and coordination for several years. He has also held teaching positions at ISCTE-IUL since 2012, where he is a researcher at the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES), and has been teaching at the Portuguese Catholic University for some years. He was a permanent member of the Scientific and Pedagogical Council of Continuing Teacher Training from 1996 to 2003. He was Secretary of State for Education from 2005 to 2009 and Secretary of State for Employment and Vocational Training from 2009 to 2011, respectively from the XVII and XVIII Constitutional Governments.
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00
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