Ana concluded her PhD in political and social sciences in 2011 at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Since 2011, she has worked as an assistant professor at the ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon University Institute) and as a researcher at the Centre for Sociological Studies and Research, Lisbon University Institute (CIES-IUL). Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as a research assistant at the ICS (2002-2005), as a guest junior researcher at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB, 2005-2006), and as a junior researcher at Complutense University in Madrid (2007). Between January and March 2011, she worked as a teaching assistant at the University of London, Birkbeck College. Furthermore, Ana holds an undergraduate degree in sociology (2001) and a master’s degree in political science (2006) – both of these from the ISCTE. Her main research interests are gender and politics, comparative politics, political representation, electoral systems, and methodology and data analysis. She has been part of various national and international research projects focusing on these and other topics at the ICS, CIES-IUL, EUI, and University of California, San Diego (USA). She is the author and co-author of several book chapters and articles in prestigious journals, such as West European Politics, Electoral Studies e a Party Politics. Her work has been presented at several national and international conferences, including APSA, MPSA, and ECPR.
 Ana Lúcia Sá, PhD in Sociology, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, and a researcher at the Centre for International Studies at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. She is an elected member of the Scientific Board and deputy director of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Cadernos de Estudos Africanos and Book Review Editor of African Studies Review. She belongs to the African Politics and International Relations research group of the European Network of African Studies (AEGIS). She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Spanish National Research Council in Barcelona and visiting fellow at the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University in New York. Her research focuses on authoritarian regimes in Africa, especially Angola and Equatorial Guinea, contexts on which she has published books, chapters in books and articles in journals.
 Ana Maria Belchior is an associate professor, with aggregation, in the Department of Political Science and Public Policies at ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) in Lisbon, and senior researcher at CIES-IUL. She is currently the coordinator of the Master in Political Science, both at ISCTE-IUL. She has been involved in research on several projects related to the themes of democracy and globalization, political participation, democratic representation, political congruence, and electoral pledges and decision-making. She has published her findings in books and book chapters, and in diverse national and international journals (eg. Comparative Political Studies, International Political Science Review, Party Politics, Sociological Methods & Research, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, or The Journal of Legislative Studies).  
André Freire is Full Professor in Political Science, and has been serving as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Political Sicence (& IR),  2015-present date, and served as Director of the Bachelor in Political Science, 2009-2015, Departament of Political Science & Public Policies - School of Sociology & Public Policies, at ISCTE-IUL (University Institute of Lisbon). He is also senior researcher at CIES-IUL (Centre for Sociological Studies and Research). He has been teaching and researching at ISCTE-IUL since 1996. Additionally, Freire has presented conferences and taught in several other national and foreign universitarian and research institutions.    He has reserched (in national and international projects) and published widely (books, book chapters, and journal articles), on several languages, about political representation, political institutions, ideology and mass’ and elite’s attitudes and behaviour. He has several studies published (nationally and internationally), in academic journals, books and book chapters, on the attitudes and behaviors of voters and political representatives, political institutions, political representation and political elites. Throughout his career, and until mid-2020, André Freire published about 38 books as editor and/or as author, accounting for more than 100 chapters of books published and more than 100 articles published in national and international journals, with peer evaluation.    Freire pioneered the creation of electoral studies (Portuguese National Electoral Study, based on post-election opinion surveys), in Portugal, in 2002 and 2005 (see:https://www.ics.ulisboa.pt/livros/eleicoes-legislativas-de-2002 & https://www.ics.ulisboa.pt/livros/portugal-votos & https://rowman.com/isbn/9780739115633/portugal-at-the-polls-in-2002).     Since 2007, he has directed several research projects on political representation, that is, comparing the opinions, values, attitudes and behaviour of both voters and political representatives (MPs and non-elected candidates to the Portuguese Parliament), from 2007 to this date (see:http://er.cies.iscte-iul.pt/).   In terms of international research networks, he has participated in several, notably in the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, European Value Study, European Election Study, True European Voter, European Candidate Study, PARTIREP – Party Representation, PARENEL – Parliamentary Representation at the National and European Levels, Comparative Candidate Study. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Comparative Candidate Study for three terms now (he is currently serving in his third term). See http://www.comparativecandidates.org/   He was a regular columnist in the Portuguese Press for the newspaper Público, between 2006 and 2016, and is currently a regular columnist for Jornal de Letras,2017-present date. He is also a political commentator also on televisions (RTP, TVI and SIC), radios (Antena 1, TSF, etc.) and newspapers (DN, Expresso, Jornal I, Económico, Jornal de Negócios, etc.).    Freire has also been an expert and guest consultant of several national (FCT, A3ES, DGAI-MAI, AR, etc.) and international (COST, European Commission, Council of Europe – Co-Acte Programme, etc.) agencies and institutions for matters related to higher education and research in Political Science.   Mos recent book: André Freire, Left and Right. Meaning and Correlates in Long Consolidated and New Democracies, Moldova, Eliva Press 2022. Being sold at Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR, ES) and the publisher:  https://www.elivapress.com/en/book/book-9980623390 Most recent Special Issue at SES&P as Guest Editor:   Emmanouil Tsatsanis, Marco Lisi & André Freire (2022) The ‘Lost Generation’ and Its Political Discontents: Age-related Divides in Southern Europe after the Crisis, South European Society and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2021.2032936 (Introduction plus 5  research articles) (2021 versão impressa; 2022: 1st online)   E-mail: andre.freire@iscte-iul.pt Orcid author: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5307-6832 Scopus author: Author ID: 8634830500 Google scholar: https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=RNJvJdIAAAAJ&hl=pt-PT Wikipédia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Freire       Useful links: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andre_Freire5 https://iscte-iul.academia.edu/Freire/CurriculumVitae https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5307-6832 https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=RNJvJdIAAAAJ&hl=pt-PT http://er.cies.iscte-iul.pt/ http://www.comparativecandidates.org/ http://avacavoadora.pt/ https://visao.sapo.pt/jornaldeletras/   Post scriptum about copyright issues:  The text of this webpage with my CV is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share alike 3.0 Unreported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts)
David Ferraz holds a PhD in Public Policy from ISCTE-IUL (2018), a master's degree in Administration and Public Policy (ISCTE-IUL - 2008) and a degree in Public Management and Administration (ISCSP-UTL - 2004). He is graduated from the Advanced Studies Course in Public Management (CEAGP-2006), specialization in Organizational Development, Leadership and People Management and from the INA Public Management Training Course (FORGEP-2012). He is an integrated researcher on Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-Iscte), Lisboa He was Secretary General of the Economic and Social Council until March 2022. Between 1999 and 2004 he held positions in several private sector companies. He worked in the Research and Consulting Unit of the Instituto Nacional de Administração, I.P. (2006-2010) and was head of the Training Unit in Management and Public Administration (2010-2012), was head of the INA Recruitment and Selection Division, providing this U.O. support to CRESAP (2012-2017). He was also head of the Human Resources Department at IHRU, I.P. (since September 2017). He is a guest researcher at the Center for Administration and Public Policies (CAPP) of the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP-UTL), integrating the Research Group on Administration Science. Since 2004, he has been teaching in various courses at INA and ISCTE-IUL (CAGEP; FORGEP; CADAP; Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Public Policies; Specialization Diploma in Public Management; Specialization Diploma in Public Policies; Reform and Modernization Administrative - 6 ECTS). He was invited to give lectures at HSE-Moscow (High School of Economics, School of Public Administration) in the areas of Management and Public Administration. He has participated in working groups and presented scientific communications at conferences of international organizations such as: the American Society for Public Administration, the Centro Latino Americano para el Desarollo, the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, the Public Administration Theory Network. He is author and co-author of several publications, national and international, in the areas of Management, Administration, Public Policies or Human Resources Management.
Elsa Justino, a Portuguese Social Worker, holds a PhD in Social Work, with a Master's degree and a degree in the same area. She's an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policies at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and an integrated research member at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES/Iscte - IUL). From 2019 to 2022, she was on the Board of the Hospital Center in the Portuguese region of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (CHTMAD). From 2016 to 2022, she was an Invited Professor at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD). Among other leading positions, she was a University Administrator at the UTAD and Manager of the University Social Services (2008-2019), Head of Office of the Secretary of State for Employment and Vocational Training (2006-2008), Deputy Director of the Directorate General for Higher Education from 2002 to 2006 (Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education) and Vice-President of the Student Support Fund (Ministry of Education) from 1998 to 2002.
I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University Institute of Lisbon (Iscte-IUL) and Integrated Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (Cies-IUL). Since 2020, I have been the co-coordinator of the Research Group on 'Politics and Citizenship'  and the Deputy-Director of the Observatory of Democracy and Political Representation (both at CIES-Iscte). I was co-charing the Social Movements RN of the Council of European Studies, being now a board-member. Between 2018 and 2022 I coordinated the FCT funded research project HOPES - HOusing PErspectives and Struggles. Futures of housing movements, policies and dynamics in Lisbon and beyond (230,000 €). My main areas of interest are social movements, right to the city and to housing, gentrification and tourism, digital activism and participation, protest and politics, democratization. I have published articles in journals including Housing Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Partecipazione e Conflitto, Current Sociology, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, Journal of Contemporary Religion, West European Politics, Estudos Ibero-Americanos, Democratization, Cultures et Conflits, Análise Social, Storia e Problemi Contemporanei, Historein. My monography 'The Revolution before the Revolution' and the book I co-edited with Olivier Fillieule 'Social Movement Studies in Europe' were both published in 2016 by Berghahn. I have been teaching courses on social movements, democracy, citizenship, political culture and digital era.   
Helena Belchior Rocha has a PhD in Social Work, is an Assistant professor at ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon in the Department of Political Science and Public Policies and deputy director of the Transversal Skills Laboratory. Integrated researcher at CIES, Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, linked to national and international research projects, namely 2 from Marie Curie Actions. Author of papers and communications at national and international congresses, in the areas of social work theory and methodology, environment, sustainability, community Intervention, ethics, human rights, social policies and Well-being, education and soft skills. Member of the Editorial Board of national/international journals.
Helge Jörgens is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy of the ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and an Integrated Researcher at CIES-IUL – Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, in Lisbon Portugal. He holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. From 2010 to 2016 he was tenured Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin and Managing Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU). His research interests include environmental, energy and climate policies, the role and influence of international public administrations, and the diffusion and transfer of public policies.
Inês Casquilho-Martins is a social worker with a Master's and PhD in Social Work. She is Assistant Professor at Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon and researcher at the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology at Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-Iscte) and at the Lusíada Research Center on Social Work and Social Intervention (CLISSIS) - Lusíada University.  She was Online Learning's technical and pedagogical coordinator for the promotion, preparation, production and dissemination of iscte e-learning courses (2017-2019). 
Jorge Ferreira, Doutor em Serviço Social na especialidade de Serviço Social, Politicas Sociais e Sociedade, (Aprovado com Distinção e Louvor) realizado em associação entre ISCTE/ISSSL, sobre o tema: Serviço Social e Modelos de Bem-Estar para a Infância. Modus Operandi do Assistente Social na Promoção da Protecção à Criança e à Família. Mestrado em Serviço Social sobre o tema, Intervenção Social e Intervenção Judicial no problema Criança Maltratada. Relação e/ou Intersecção (ISSSL:1998), após a Licenciatura em Serviço Social (ISSSL: 1990). Realização de um curso pós-graduado no Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada - História das Ideias e das grandes Doutrinas em criminologia (ISPA: 1993), frequência do ano Zero «Abordagem Sistémica» do curso de Terapia Familiar (Associação Portuguesa de terapia Familiar: 1997), realização de provas de Aptidão Pedagógica e Capacidade Científica (ISSSL: 2000) sobre o tema, Mediação e Intervenção Social em Justiça. Realização de Formação Prática de aprofundamento após Licenciatura no estrangeiro, em Reabilitação Psiquiátrica na Fundação de Waterheuvel, Amsterdão / Holanda (1993), em Reabilitação Psiquiátrica na Société Parisiene d?aide á lá Santé mental - SPASM .Paris (1993); Reinserção e Integração Profissional na Scotish Association for mental healt . Escócia (1994). Participação em programas e projectos de investigação nas áreas da Transferência dos perfis de acção, formação, para desenvolvimento da relação de ajuda aos públicos em situação de abandono (Crianças, Adolescentes) ; Trabalho Social na Europa. Modelo Comparativo em Línguas Românicas e nos domínios do Sistema de Protecção à Criança; Direitos da Criança, politicas sociais de Infância e Intervenção Social com Famílias. Tem 13 artigos científicos publicados e várias comunicações em seminários nacionais e internacionais e comunicações em congressos. Colaborador da Revista Katálisis (revista semestral com circulação em países de língua hispânica e em Portugal dirigida a Assistentes Sociais e Profissionais de áreas afins, Professores, Investigadores). Professor de diferentes Unidades Curriculares ao nível de 1º e 2º Ciclo. Professor Visitante na Universidade Complutense de Madrid (Escuela de Trabajo Social), e na Universidade de Granada (Escuela de Trabajo Social), colaborador com instituições de ensino superior em Portugal (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa . ISCTE) e nos programas de cooperação científica de docentes da Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa (Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Universidade dos Açores). No ano de 2009, Acreditado Avaliador Externo das Novas oportunidades. Vogal de Júri do concurso de dirigente de grau intermédio de 2º grau da Administração Pública. Coordenador pedagógico e cientifico e professor do Curso de Especialização Tecnológica (CET) «Acolhimento em Instituição». (2008/2010). Várias participações no âmbito do Programa Socrates Erasmus (mobilidade de professores) com Universidades Europeia: Complutense de Madrid Espanha, universidade de Kalmar Suécia, Universidade de Mastrich, Holanda, Universidade Bicocca Milão Itália e Universidade de Granada Espanha. Áreas Cientificas de Formação: Teoria e Metodologia do Serviço Social, Teoria Critica e Serviço Social, Investigação em Serviço Social, Seminários de Prática em Serviço Social, Avaliação de Programas de Politicas Sociais, Serviço Social Internacional; metodologias de Investigação, Metodologias Especificas de Intervenção em Gerontologia Social, intervenção Social em Situações de Risco, Intervenção Social com Famílias Maltratantes, intervenção em Rede, Comportamentos Desviantes, Introdução à Criminologia e Vitimologia.
José Santana Pereira (Nisa, 1982) is a doctor of Political and Social Sciences (EUI, Florence, 2012). José's research has been focused on the media effects on public opinion and the study of media systems in comparative perspective. His research interests also include electoral behavior and political attitudes (namely attitudes towards Europe and, more recently, populist attitudes). He published several papers and book chapters in English, Portuguese and French. In January 2016 José published the essay Política e Entretenimento. After the B.A. in Social Psychology (ISCTE, 2004) and before becoming a PhD researcher at the EUI (2008), José worked as research assistant in the project «Portuguese Voting Behavior and Political Attitudes» (ICS), which carried out the National Election Studies in Portugal. Between 2013 and 2017 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. During and after the PhD, he collaborated in research projects such as the «EU Profiler» (implementation of a voting advice application during the 2009 European election campaign) and the «Media Profiler» (design of an online platform for the comparative analysis of the media in the EU), both hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). More recently, he was co-leader of the Portuguese team working at the «EUandI» project, researcher at the «Participation in the EU decision-making: Portugal in comparative perspective» project and leader of the Portuguese team in the project «Where is My Party?». He is currently one of the researchers in charge of the projects «Media Systems in Europe» and «Mechanisms and Impacts of Abstention in Portugal», sponsored by FFMS. José is also the country coordinator for Italy in the project Varieties of Democracy and one of the researchers in charge of the ICS-ISCTE opinion polls. 
Graduate in Law and Post Graduate in Juridical/Political Sciences (Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon). PhD in Public Policies (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon). He has been teaching since 1977, first at the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon. Since 1995, he teaches at ISCTE - IUL, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Economic Law, Education Law, Administrative Sciences and Public Management in several BA and Masters. He is the Director of the Master in Public Administration and he was the Scientific coordinator of the training program for Top Management in Public Administration (FORGEP and CAGEP) as well as  of the postgraduation course on Public Finance for the Audit Court of Angola and senior staff of the Ministries of Finance of PALOP (Portuguese Speaking African Countries) and East- Timor (EU - UNDP). Member of the Board and, since 2023, Vice President of the General Assembly of the Institute for Public and Social Policies (IPPS-IUL). Sub-director of the Department of Political Science and Public Policies between 2016 and 2019. He was elected in 2019 to the Board of Management  of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and in 2020 to the Steering Committee of the International Comission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA) of which he has been chair since 2022. Member of the IASIA/UN DESA Task Force for the Review and/or Update of the Standards of Excellence for Public Administration Education and Training since 2023. In 2023, he received the Donald C. Stone Award, for his contribution to the development of IASIA                                                  Since 1982 he works with the Institute of Public Administration (INA) in the training of Public Administration managers and senior staff, where he was responsible for the design and lecturing of several courses in Political Science, Public Administration, Administrative Law, Legal Drafting and Legal Communication areas. He has been acting since 1994 as an international consultant in the areas of the reform of the State and Public Administration, particularly for EU projects, namely in the PALOP , Brazil and in Eastern European and former Soviet Union countries, as well as China, where he jointly coordinated the Master in Public Administration of the National School of Public Administration (CNSA), between 2003 and 2007.  Between 1983 and 1987 he was successively a Legal Adviser to the Minister of Justice, and at GATL-Technical and Legal Support Office (Ministry of Justice) and CETAL- Centre of Technical Studies and Legislative Support (Presidency Council of Ministers). From 1987 to 1992 we was a director at the Coordination Commission of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley Region and, between 1992 and 2004, at the Centre for Regional and Local Development Studies. Since 2021, he is a member of the Recruitment and Selection Committee for Public Administration (CRESAP), an independent entity that evaluates  candidates for top management positions in Public Administration He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in his areas of expertise and the organizer and author or co-author of several books and other publications.
  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.  
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.
Maria José Sousa (PhD in Management, with Aggregation in Management and Public Management), is a lecturer and researcher at ISCTE/University Institute of Lisbon, having been Pro-Rector  between March 2022 and January 2024. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Banco Português de Fomento for Public Policies and a member of the scientific committee of the PhD "in Law and Economics" (Cycle XXXIX), Università degli Studi del Molise. She took a postdoctoral position from 2016-2018, researching the area of digital education, with several publications in journals with a high impact factor (Journal of Business Research, Journal of Grid Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, and others). She worked as an expert in a European Commission project for the creation of a new category of digital skills to be integrated into the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). She was also a member of the Coordinating Committee of the PhD in Management at the European University, a Senior Researcher at the GEE (Strategy and Studies Office) of the Ministry of Economy Portuguese, responsible for Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship Policies, and Knowledge and Skills Manager at AMA, IP, Agency for Administrative Modernization (Ministry of the Presidency and the Council of Ministers) and a Project Manager at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, responsible for Innovation Projects and Qualification Assessment and Development Projects. Her research interests are currently in the public policies of Innovation and Research. She is the co-author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters (European Planning Studies, Information Systems Frontiers, Systems Research, and Behavioral Science, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, and others). She is guest editor of more than 5 special editions of Elsevier and Springer. He was President of ISO/TC 260 – Human Resources Management, representing Portugal in ISO - International Organization for Standardization. She has coordinated several European innovation projects (funded by programs such as Erasmus+, Horizon Europe and ICMPD) and is also an External Expert of COST Association - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
Maria João Pena holds a PhD in Social Work, MA in Sociology and bachelor degree in Social Work. Director bachelor degree in Social Work is also professor at master and doctorate program. She is a researcher in CIES-IUL (Centre for research and studies in Sociology). The research interests are in Theory and Epistemology of social work , social work practices with children and families, at school and in disability.
Teresa Patricio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy of the School of Sociology and Public Policy at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey in the USA. Her main areas of research are in social change and development and in science, technology and higher education policy. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University in the USA and visiting researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie at the University of Québec in Montreal, Canada. She has national and international science policy experience. She is Director of the Center for Research and Study of Sociology (CIES-IUL) since 2020, and Co-Director of the SocioDigital lab for Public Policy since 2021.
PhD with international mention by the University of Huelva (Spain) in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. Full-time Social Work Assistant Professor at ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon teaching different courses at the bachelors, masters and PhD Social Work programs. He holds the position of Master's Program Director in Social Work. He is an integrated researcher of CIES-IUL, Agora Group (UHU) and Member of the Migration Research Center (CIM: UHU). His areas of interest are linked to Immigration (Superdiversity, Interculturalism, Mixed Couples, and Cultural Heritage in Children); Social Work Education; Social Exclusion, Human Rights and Social Work; and Digital Social Work.
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.
Tiago Fernandes (PhD European University Institute, Florence, 2009) is associate professor (with habilitation) in the department of political science and public policy and a researcher of the Center for International Studies (CEI) at the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE (Portugal). He works on the politics of democracy, social movements and civil society, with a regional specialization on Southern Europe (https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/authors/tiago-fernandes/cv). Before coming to ISCTE, he was for twenty years in the faculty of Nova University of Lisbon, where he taught in the departments of sociology and political studies, was director of graduate studies and head of the department of political studies, and served in the directive board of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI).  His most recent publications are Civil Society, Democracy, and Inequality: Cross-Regional Comparisons (1970s-2010s), Special Issue, Comparative Politics (2017) (co-edited); Memories and Movements. The Legacy of Democratic Transitions in Contemporary Anti-Austerity Protest (Oxford University Press, 2017); Late neoliberalism and its discontents: Comparing crises and movements in the European periphery (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016) and Democracy, Institutions and Political Culture: Southern Europe, 1970s-2010s, Lisbon, Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, 2019 (co-authored); Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe, 1968-2016: A Comparison of France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain (Social Sciences Press, Lisbon, 2018) and Forty-Five Years of Democracy in Portugal: Achievements and Prospects, Lisbon, Portuguese Parliament, 2020 (co-edited). Together with Staffan Lindberg of the Varieties of Democracy Institute of the University of Gothenburg, he directs the project Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe, which focuses on the causes and consequences of democratization in the region from the 1960s to the present and is funded by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (https://www.v-dem.net/en/regional-centers/southern-europe/). He also coordinates the Portuguese team of the project Disobedient Democracy, led by Danijela Dolenec at the University of Zagreb and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which looks at the causes and patterns of protest in the Southwest and Southeast regions of Europe (https://disdem.org/). He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and head of the Varieties of Democracy Regional Center for Southern Europe. He was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the Juan March Foundation (Madrid) and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and is the recipient of the Gulbenkian Foundation award for the best article in the social sciences and the Best PhD Dissertation prize of the Portuguese Political Science Association.   Before starting his academic career, he took a BA in Sociology (minors in History and Philosophy) and an MPhil in Historical Sociology at Nova University of Lisbon and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence). He also passed the national examinations for the diplomatic service at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he briefly attended the attaché training course (1997).    
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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.
I am currently a PhD student in Political Science at ISCTE-IUL and I hold a doctoral fellowship from FCT to develop a research concerning the explanatory factors of the European citizens’ attitudes towards elections. I have a BA and a MA in Political Science from ISCTE-IUL, with a MA dissertation related with the Portuguese electorate attitudes towards compulsory voting. I have collaborated with several research projects, with national and European funding, namely “Public Preferences and Policy Decision Making. A Comparative Analysis", coordinated by Dr. Ana Maria Belchior (CIES-ISCTE), and “MAPLE – Measuring and Analysing the Politicisation of Europe before and after the Eurozone Crisis”, coordinated by Dr. Marina Costa Lobo (ICS-UL). 
  Graduation's Degree in Human Resource Management and Work Psychology, Master's degree in Organizational Sociology from ISEG (Technical University of Lisbon) and a PhD in Management from the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa. Between 1997 and 2012 he was a researcher at the Research and Consulting Unit (UNIC) of the National Administration Institute (INA), pursuing his career in scientific research between 2012 and 2016 in the Department of Research, International Relations and Communication (DIRIC) of the Directorate General of Administration and Public Employment (DGAEP). Currently he is a researcher at CIES-IUL, a guest lecturer at the Master in Public Administration at ISCTE-IUL and Professor at Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa. The author has published articles in national and international scientific journals, as well as participated in conferences and seminars on the themes of Training Management, Public Management, Political-administrative Relationships and Administration models. Within these themes, he has directed masters and doctorates.
  Em 2019 foi nomeado membro do Conselho Nacional de Políticas de Solidariedade e da Segurança Social (CNPSSS) do MTSSS.
Edalina, PhD in Political Science (University of Lisbon), is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon, and Guest Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at ISCTE-IUL. Her research interests comprise democratization, popular protest, representation political institutions,with a focus on Africa. Her work has been featured in Journal of International Relations and Development,  African Affairs, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Parliamentary Affairs etc. She is a regular contributor to the blog Africaye and recently published the book Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018) and edited the volume Popular Protest, Political Opportunities, and Change in Africa (Routledge, 2022). She is currently developing a project on parliamentary activity, party-citizen linkages and constituency service in Africa (see Project HOME). 
I am a visiting associate professor at ISCTE-IUL, a researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL) and a senior researcher at the Strategy and Studies Office of the Ministry of Economy and the Sea. I'm a member of the Board of the Institute for Public and Social Policy (IPPS-IUL) and a member of the scientific committee of the PhD programme in Public Policy. I did a degree in political science and sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid (1992), a master's degree in social sciences at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CEACS) of the Juan March Institute for Studies and Research in Madrid (1994) and a doctorate in political science at the Autonomous University of Madrid (2001). I am a Doctoral Fellow of the Juan March Institute for Studies and Research, a member of the Spanish Social Policy Network and a member of the Portuguese Political Science Association. I have lectured at the following universities: University of Coimbra (2001-2008), University of Évora (2008-2011), ISCSP-UL (2011-2018), Universidade Aberta (2013-2016) and ISCTE (2010-2012, since 2017). I have participated in various research projects, including the project funded by Norface (2014-2018): "Healthdox: The Paradox of Health State Future", or the project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2001-2005): "Political Economy of Social Policy Institutions". I have recently coordinated the report: "CAF Challenges to Promote Public Sector Capacity" under the Portuguese Presidency of the EU (EUPAN, 2021). My areas of interest lie in the encounter between comparative political science and public policy. I am interested in exploring the influence of theoretical models, institutions and political preferences on the formulation of public policies, as well as analyzing the determinants of public opinion regarding the welfare system.
Maria Inês Amaro is PhD in Social Work and MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technology. Professor at the bachelor, master and doctorate in Social Work at University Institute of Lisbon. She co-ordinated Social Work bachelor and master degree at Catholic University of Portugal. Supervises master and PhD dissertations and thesis in Social Work. She is researcher at the CIES-IUL, Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology and reviewer of UCE (Catholic University Press) for Social Work publications. She founding member of the European Association for Social Work Research was part of the host committee for the 6th European Conference for Social Work Research (Lisbon, 2016). Has research interests in the areas of theory and practice of Social Work, Social Policy and Social Work, Society and Technology and Labour and Social Exclusion. Consultant in the area of social planning and evaluation. Author of books, chapters and articles in the above-mentioned fields. Since 2019, commissioner at the Institute of Social Security, where is Head of Social Development Department, with national responsibilities over the impkmentation and development of public policy in the fields of children and youth, cooperation with third sector and charities, and socialintervention. President of the National Commission of the National System for Child Early intervention; of the National Council for Adoption (years 2024-2026); evaluation jury for Programa Escolhas (projects to prevent and combat youth delinquency), 2023 edition; is member of the National Council of Cooperation; Single Operational Group, for the reception of asylum-seekers; of the National Council for Migrations; of the Commission for Inclusive Policies for People with Disabilities; of the executive group for the Implementation, Monitoring and Assessment of the National Strategy for the Integration of People Experiencing Homelessness, and, among others,of the Follow-up Commission of the National Strategy for Fighting Poverty; is the national oficial link to civil protection.
Maria João Lima has a PhD in Sociology  by Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon. She holds a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology and a Bachelor's degree in Musicology (FCSH-UNL). She was a research assistant  at INET-MD-Instituto de Etnomusicologia Música e Dança (1995-2000) and at OAC - Cultural Activities Observatory (2001-2013). Her research is mainly focused on cultural policies, cultural audiences and cultural expressive practices. She is currently part of the research team of the Portuguese Observatory of Cultural Activities (https://www.opac.cies.iscte-iul.pt/).
I am a political scientist (Ph.D.), and currently, a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology with a double affiliation CIES-ISCTE / University of Mannheim – Chair of Comparative Government, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Konstanz. Previously I worked in several other institutions like the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Mannheim, the Open University, the Lisbon University Institute, CIES and the University of Évora, CISA-AS. I was a Research Visiting Scholar at the New York University, at the University of Mannheim and the University of Barcelona. I am an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History – New University of Lisbon. I obtained my Doctorate in Political Science (specialization in Comparative Politics) from the University of Lisbon – Institute of Social Science. I also hold a Master’s Degree and a University Degree (Licenciatura), both pre-Bologna, in Political Science from the Technical University of Lisbon – ISCSP. My research is inter-disciplinary and centers on political institutions; comparative politics and comparative political economy; EU; legislative behaviour and decision-making; public policy analysis; political accountability and corruption. In my PhD dissertation entitled: Government’s Decision: A Theoretical and Empirical Study on Legislative Initiative as Strategic Behaviour, I developed and tested a formal model of legislative decision-making. There I show, with original data from Portugal (1982-2009), that majority status changes the strategic decisions of Governments towards law proposals. My work is published, among others, in West European Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Crime, Law and Social Change, Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Books, Nação e Defesa, Bertrand.
Vítor Caldeira holds a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the European Institute of the same Faculty.   He has a long career of public service which began at the Inspectorate-General of Finance in 1984, where he served as Sub-Inspector-General (between 1995 and 2000). He was a member of the European Court of Auditors from 2000 to 2016 and elected its President for three successive terms between 2008 and 2016.  Between 2016 and 2020 he assumed the functions of President of the Court of Auditors and, inherently, those of President of the Council for the Prevention of Corruption.  He returned to IGF in 2020 and is currently a member of the Audit and Control Committee of the Recovery and Resilience Programme (RRP). He is also a Visiting Professor at Nova University-IMS and at ISCTE-IUL.   Throughout his career he has also held other activities, namely consultant to the OECD under the SIGMA initiative (1997-1999); member of the Joint Review Commission of EUROPOL (2002 - 2004); member of the Advisory Committee of the Academy of European Law (2008 - 2011); member of the Governing Boards of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - EUROSAI (2011 - 2016) and the World Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - INTOSAI (2017 - 2020), as well as member of the Board of the INTOSAI Development Initiative - IDI (2018 - 2021). He was also Auditor of EUROSAI (2008 - 2010) and External Auditor of EUMETSAT (2017 - 2020).            Guest speaker at different conferences and seminars, he has written on topics of public finance, financial control and audit.  He has been awarded national and international decorations and honorary distinctions: Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ, Portugal, 2014; Order of Merit of Supervision in the Americas, 2014; Commander Cross of the Order of Merit, Poland, 2015; Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, Portugal, 2020; Professor Honoris Causa, Sofia University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria, 2008; Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Tirana, Albania (2015).    
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