CESNOVA is a research unit composed of four autonomous research areas in which researchers develop various projects and activities, while respecting the organization’s common interest. Each one of these four groups develop research relating to various thematic areas according to their general, theoretical, and epistemological perspective:

GT 1. Portuguese modernity: historical and comparative sociology

1.1. ESCXEL Network of schools of Excellency

1.2. Migrations

1.3. Colonialism and Imperialism

1.4. Political Studies


GT 2. Public policies and social responsibility

2.1. Drug consumption and attitudes towards drugs

2.2. Educational communities and processes

2.3. Social policies, poverty and inequalities

2.4. Space and social relations


GT 3. Social worlds: trajectories and mobility

3.1. Health, Socialization and Life Cycle

3.2. Urban Dynamics, Territory and Environment

3.3. Work, Professions and Lifestyles


GT 4. Social dynamics, identities, and action

4.1. Gender and Violence

4.2. Leadership and Support to Decision-Making

4.3. Women’s studies


Each thematic area functions as a central focus for generating and discussing research projects and their respective results. None of the working groups develop their activities in an isolated way. Any researcher can belong to more than one research group or  thematic area, and participate in various projects. This organization allows for greater coherence in regard to collaborations, research teams, and even administrative purposes. 


Each group is represented by their Coordinator within the Directorate chaired by the  Director, responsible for the continual management of the unit. The Scientific Council is composed of CESNOVA researchers, and is responsible for all of the statutory issues as well as for defining the unit orientation and electing the Director. Within the global strategic guidelines defined by the Scientific Council and managed by the directorate, each Research Group will have a great deal of autonomy in developing their thematic areas and utilizing resources from the core funding as well as from the projects.  In addition to the researchers initiative within the Board of Directors and the Scientific Council, collaboration will be fostered among the work groups in situations where thematic convergence can benefit from plural approaches to specific projects.

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