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R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Sociologia, Antropologia, Demografia e Geografia

Unidade de I&D

Instituto de Sociologia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto [SOC-Norte-Porto-727] visitada em 20/11/2007

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The research profile of the unit is formed by the four lines of research, which witness to the professional potential of the researchers. Some research lines are clearly in the process of formation while others have already developed a systematic and more integrated work programme. Of late, much has been invested in the organisation of international seminars, in the construction of international networks (thought apparently mainly on an individual basis – none the less written contributions to these networks are collectively discussed) and in the finishing of PhDs. The regular meetings for group discussion are important for the creation of a convivial, collegial and communicative climate as well as the elaboration of a unified theoretical and methodological background capable of affording this unit a specific identity. The panel appreciates all these efforts and undertakings as well as the favourable conditions (partly with CIES/ISCTE) for PhDs to conduct their research.
The unit is composed with 4 groups.
The group «Work, employment, professions and organizations» (727–990) is small but seems competent. Much of its work appears to be applied research. It is locally and nationally focused. It has a good productivity but should increase its international exposure through publications and networks.
«Inequalities, culture and territory» (727–1028) is a rather productive group. It mainly works regionally and nationally but it recently has intensified its involvement in international networks and it has developed a comparative dimension in its research. Its perspective is more oriented to what one may label «distinctiveness» in a cultural sense than towards the underlying sources of social division (class, education, ethnicity,…). Most of the publications are in the journal of the faculty but efforts are underway towards diversifying productive outlets.
«Family, ageing and gender» (727–1087) is a small and very recent group, based on the work of freshly qualified individuals. There is undoubtedly potential for good research, with a serious empirical preoccupation, which is welcome given the overall theoretical and cultural orientation of the unit. The panel hesitated between fair and good but taking into account its recent creation (the leader obtained her PhD 2 months ago) and its manifest potential for good research.
The members of the group «Globalization, social values and public policies» (727–1428) work in different domains (religion, sport, social theory, public policy) that do not seem well integrated. One may wonder if it is realistic to try to combine these different topics. Indeed one may even wonder why a group with such interesting but diverse topics was created. What makes for its coherence? And what distinguishes this group from the one centred on culture? The answer to these queries was neither clear nor convincing. Nevertheless some members of the group appear well integrated in international networks, particularly as far as the sociology of religion is concerned, and some international publications have been forthcoming. Even if there are potentialities for betterment, the above considerations induced the panel to consider that this group not performing well.
As it was said, the researchers of this unit are professionals, with clear potential. But they should clarify their common project, explicitly define the specificity and the identity of each group in reference to this project, eventually merge two groups in a larger one and, particularly for some groups, develop their internationalisation in terms of publications and networks (what would suppose inter alia financial and technical support for translation).
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Family, Ageing and Gender [RG-SOC-Norte-Porto-727-1087]
«Family, ageing and gender» (727–1087) is a small and very recent group, based on the work of freshly qualified individuals. There is undoubtedly potential for good research, with a serious empirical preoccupation, which is welcome given the overall theoretical and cultural orientation of the unit. The panel hesitated between fair and good but taking into account its recent creation (the leader obtained her PhD 2 months ago) and its manifest potential for good research, it finally decided to consider this group as good.
Globalization, Social Values and Public Policies [RG-SOC-Norte-Porto-727-1428]
The members of the group «Globalization, social values and public policies» (727–1428) work in different domains (religion, sport, social theory, public policy) that do not seem well integrated. One may wonder if it is realistic to try to combine these different topics. Indeed one may even wonder why a group with such interesting but diverse topics was created. What makes for its coherence? And what distinguishes this group from the one centred on culture? The answer to these queries was neither clear nor convincing. Nevertheless some members of the group appear well integrated in international networks, particularly as far as the sociology of religion is concerned, and some international publications have been forthcoming. Even if there are potentialities for betterment, the above considerations induced the panel to consider that this group is fair.
Inequalities, culture and territory [RG-SOC-Norte-Porto-727-1028]
This group is a rather productive group. It mainly works regionally and nationally but it recently has intensified its involvement in international networks and it has developed a comparative dimension in its research. Its perspective is more oriented to what one may label «distinctiveness» in a cultural sense than towards the underlying sources of social division (class, education, ethnicity,…). Most of the publications are in the journal of the faculty but efforts are underway towards diversifying productive outlets.
Work, Employment, Professions and Organisations [RG-SOC-Norte-Porto-727-990]
The group «Work, employment, professions and organizations» (727–990) is small but seems competent. Much of its work appears to be applied research. It is locally and nationally focused. It has a good productivity but should increase its international exposure through publications and networks.

Comentários da unidade

Um ponto prévio merece ser realçado: o anterior processo de avaliação (2002) processou-se de forma rocambolesca. A própria coordenadora do painel de avaliação (então como agora a Professora Liliane Voyé) afirmou publicamente, na visita efectuada ao ISFLUP, que, na altura, o grupo avaliador foi conduzido pela FCT à unidade errada (!). Por conseguinte, a classificação de «fair», então atribuída (e desde logo alvo de contestação e recurso por parte do ISFLUP, recurso esse jamais avaliado), condicionou negativamente todo o trabalho ulterior da unidade. Ainda assim, foram dezenas os projectos e as redes estabelecidas, como aliás o painel reconhece, bem como o esforço de proporcionar as melhores condições científicas e de acolhimento aos doutorandos, boa parte dos quais obteve bolsa da FCT.
Assim, realçamos que, no que constitui o cerne do programa de pesquisa da unidade, os avaliadores reconhecem o trabalho efectuado, nomeadamente na constituição de uma rotina de trabalho colectivo pautada por um clima «convivial, colegial e comunicativo», bem como no intenso labor de organização de «seminários e redes internacionais», a par da construção de um background «unificado teórica e metodologicamente, capaz de conferir a esta unidade uma identidade específica».