Social Dynamics, Identities, and Action

This research group combines activities that were  previously developed by SociNova within four research areas, as well as those carried out by Faces de Eva – Women’s Studies.

Our main objective is to seek to reinforce a common project within the group, articulating the different research areas while attempting to articulate work with other CESNOVA research groups. In this sense, our strategic objectives can be defined as:

1) Development of an international set of activities through collaborating with internationally renowned institutions, on the level of research and the production of scientific knowledge with a great impact on decision making support and defining national and international policies, particularly concerning “gender violence” (namely through ISA’s RC51 – Sociocybernetics, that we are part of);

2) The development of fundamental and applied research, through an interdisciplinary perspective, and methodologies in strategic and innovative fields in the national and international panorama that support applied research carried out by the units composing the group. At this level, research fields such as “decision-making in a risk context”, “sociology of emotions” and “gender violence” should be highlighted;

3) Contributing to the development of public policies in the areas of domestic violence and gender;

4) The development of a study on women in the Portuguese Republic, and several related activities, including the production of scientific knowledge on the subject and the organization and participation in meetings and public seminars;

5) continuing the successful training of young researchers and to improve the articulation of research (process and results) with teaching on the various currently active educational levels at the FCSH – Post-doc, PhD, Master’s Degree and Undergraduate;

6) Strengthening the dissemination of research results, through printed and digital publications;

7) Reinforcing the production of knowledge and dissemination of results, through organizing national and international debates and conferences relevant to the development of the research areas.

To accomplish these general objectives, we will develop several activities in different spheres, continuing work that has been conducted by the team for about 15 years. In order to contribute to student and researcher training in particular topics, namely gender studies, domestic violence, sociology of emotions and decision-making in a risk context, we will continue to promote the masters in Women’s Studies, and participate in seminars on specific subjects in PhD and post-graduate courses. In these areas, we will also continue to contribute to and organize seminars and other scientific meetings in order to contribute to the national and international debate on these issues.

The team is committed to the disclosure of scientific knowledge through different types of publications. The journal Faces de Eva, dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge in Women’s Studies, produces a biannual publication and is indexed in Latindex and has a scientific committee that reviews proposed papers. On the other hand we will continue to publish and encourage the publication of books and papers in academic journals not only for an academic audience but also to the general public in order to contribute to rapprochement  between persons in academia, decision-makers and the general community.

Collaboration with other national and international universities and researchers (like Jack Barbalet, who’s participation in joint research has been an important asset to the team’s work in sociology of emotions and decision-making in risk contexts) is materialized not only in the organization of seminars and publications but also in the submission of research projects as occurred in the previous call for projects by the FCT.

The interdisciplinary research group (ERA - Emotion, Rationality and Action, founded in 2007 with the collaboration between national researchers from Economy and Mathematics from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and international researchers of Sociology of Emotions and Neurosciences) will be strengthened, and some research projects have already been proposed for funding.

Various additional projects are also being developed in the areas of sustainable development and education. The team will also continue previous work in research projects such as: “Ruptures, emotions, feelings and gender inequalities (PIHM/VG/0134/2008)”, which is a project that aims to unveil crucial social emotions (such as shame and guilt) that function as inhibitors to end violent conjugal relationships; Construction and publication of indicators in the area of gender equality, based on the development of the integrated system of information and knowledge (SIIC) used to support the definition, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, as well as develop scientific knowledge and decision making support in addition to encouraging the involvement of all social actors on this matter.

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