Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

Centre for Social Studies

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The Centre for Social Studies (CES), founded in 1978 at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra, is a scientific institution devoted to research in the area of the social sciences and humanities. Headed since then by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, CES now numbers 115 researchers, 27 associate researchers and 29 junior researchers. Many of these researchers work on a full time basis at the Centre. Remaining members combine research with lecturing (the vast majority at the School of Economics, the Schools of Arts and Humanities and the School of Science and Technology) or with other professional activities. Researchers at CES include sociologists, economists, jurists, anthropologists, historians, specialists in the areas of education, literature, culture and international relations, geographers, architects, engineers, biologists and medical doctors.