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PhD Programme in Labour Relations, Social Inequalities and Trade Unionism

Programme coordinator
Elisio Estanque
Hermes Augusto Costa
Main scientific area
Programme in collaboration with
Centre for Social Studies (CES)
Language of instruction / evaluation

Created in the academic year 2008-09, the PhD in Labour Relations, Social Inequalities and Trade Unionism is a programme of in-depth academic training in Sociology, with the primary objective of advanced research in social areas directly linked to social and employment policies, to social dialogue and resolution of labor disputes, as well as those related to issues of gender equality, trade unionism and social movements. The PhD programme is intended to foster scientific knowledge in social sciences in areas considered critical for the understanding of social transformations underway in the current national and global contexts, as well as developing the qualification and professional or associative skills, deepening the study and critical analysis of these areas.

Run in cooperation with the Centre for Social Studies (CES), in its capacity as host for doctoral candidates, the Doctoral programme commits itself firmly to themes of major contemporary relevance to an understanding of and to the ability to intervene in present-day contexts, at several levels. CES, Associate Laboratory, was awarded a rating of ‘excellence’ by international evaluation.

The Programme follows a biannual regime, opening therefore a new edition every two years.

The program is directed to promote skills and knowledge in fields like social policies and job market, social dialogue and conflict resolution on labour relations, trade unionism and social and gender inequalities. Advanced academic formation on sociology will allow to develop professional qualifications, scientific competences and
critical capacities for analysis and diagnosis, as well as to extend scientific knowledge favoring Portuguese social sciences in a decisive area for an updated understanding of the current socioeconomic trends.