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R&D Institutions

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

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia [SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126] visitada em 22/10/2007

Classificação: Excellent

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The very positive impression that the members of the panel had when reading the written reports of CIES was more than confirmed during the site visit. The panel is unanimous in its judgement of «excellence». The unit is organized in a professional way and its productivity together with its relevance is quite up to international standards. Its principal scientific orientation is combined with community oriented research, which however has manifestly maintained academic qualities.
The members are active in different European programmes, a fact which encourages them to engage comparative researches. Their journal is now published in four languages (Portuguese, Spanish, English and French). They have also developed innovatively interesting initiatives, as was the case with the «lunch-debate» organised every two weeks with the PHD students or with the weekly publication of a column («Sociedade em Análise») in a newspaper, 200.000 copies of which are freely distributed, thus permits a wide dissemination of research results.
The collective dynamics is high and it is attractive for the PHD students who benefit from this highly stimulating environment. Their integration in collective projects is impressive. They have many opportunities to meet with staff, learn from one another, present and discuss their projects. They are encouraged and helped to present papers in international conferences and they are urged to publish in English..
The six research groups are organized according clear lines but the cooperation between them is also developed so as to respond as adequately as possible to the various specificities of the research projects. In reference to these latter, the research teams are flexible and there is cross fertilization between groups.
If all groups are at least «very good», some differences exist between them. Four of the six were evaluated as excellent by the panel:
- (3126–1774) Knowledge, society and patterns of competence
- (3126–1775) Ways of life and public policies
- (3126–1776) Politics and citizenship: institutions, cultures, behaviour
- (3126–1779) Europe/Latin America research programme

Each of them proposes a coherent theoretical approach of relevant topics. They have recourse to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They have an important training activity for many MA and PHD students. They are seriously implicated in important international projects, where they play an active role (e.g. to build items for international comparisons) and they are members of international networks. Although their presence is already much higher than that of the majority of the units evaluated, they could aspire to being even more present in international journals.
The two other groups are very good.
It is the case with the group «Processes of social recomposition and cultural reconfiguration» (3126-451). As the former groups, this one has developed a serious theoretical and methodological framework. It participates in training activities. But it has to make efforts to publish more in international journals, all the more so since it is involved in several European programmes, which offers it an important material to exploit, international networks and opportunities for comparative studies.
It is also the case for the group «Work, occupations and organizations» (3126-1777) which has no international projects and which should invest more efforts for strengthening the international dimension of its work. But it has to be mentioned that this group recently lost two of its researchers and that it has had to reorganize itself. It is also confronted with the fact that many young people are currently not very much interested in the sociology of work, contrary to what happens in other fields. This is why efforts have to be made to ensure the attractiveness of the theme by putting the accent, for instance, on «knowledge» society rather than on «industrial» one. This group is in a transitional phase.
In conclusion, the panel expresses its highest appreciation for the research of this unit and is fully confident in its future. Nevertheless, it would suggest that some effort would be worthwhile to construct an even more coherent research agenda. It would then be easier to see whether research contracts – that cover a large area of topics- contribute to the scientific mission of the CIES.
The panel also recommends that CIES becomes an Associated Laboratory, as indeed it hopes to become in association with others units, among which were mentioned the sociology units of Porto and of the Azores, with whom they have already signed a protocol of collaboration.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Europe/Latin America Research Program (ELARP) [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-1779]
The group proposes a coherent theoretical approach of relevant topics. They have recourse to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They have an important training activity for many MA and PHD students. They are seriously implicated in important international projects, where they play an active role (e.g. to build items for international comparisons) and they are members of international networks. Although their presence is already much higher than that of the majority of the units evaluated, they could aspire to being even more present in international journals.
Knowledge Society and Patterns of Competences [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-1774]
The group proposes a coherent theoretical approach of relevant topics. They have recourse to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They have an important training activity for many MA and PHD students. They are seriously implicated in important international projects, where they play an active role (e.g. to build items for international comparisons) and they are members of international networks. Although their presence is already much higher than that of the majority of the units evaluated, they could aspire to being even more present in international journals.
Politics and Citizenship: Institutions, Cultures and Behaviour [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-1776]
The group proposes a coherent theoretical approach of relevant topics. They have recourse to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They have an important training activity for many MA and PHD students. They are seriously implicated in important international projects, where they play an active role (e.g. to build items for international comparisons) and they are members of international networks. Although their presence is already much higher than that of the majority of the units evaluated, they could aspire to being even more present in international journals.
Processes of Social Recomposition and Cultural Reconfiguration [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-451]
This group has developed a serious theoretical and methodological framework. It participates in training activities. But it has to make efforts to publish more in international journals, all the more so since it is involved in several European programmes, which offers it an important material to exploit, international networks and opportunities for comparative studies.
Ways of Life and Public Policies [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-1775]
This group also proposes a coherent theoretical approach of relevant topics. They have recourse to quantitative and qualitative methodologies. They have an important training activity for many MA and PHD students. They are seriously implicated in important international projects, where they play an active role (e.g. to build items for international comparisons) and they are members of international networks. Although their presence is already much higher than that of the majority of the units evaluated, they could aspire to being even more present in international journals.
Work, Occupations and Organizations [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-3126-1777]
This group has no international projects and should invest more efforts for strengthening the international dimension of its work. But it has to be mentioned that this group recently lost two of its researchers and that it has had to reorganize itself. It is also confronted with the fact that many young people are currently not very much interested in the sociology of work, contrary to what happens in other fields. This is why efforts have to be made to ensure the attractiveness of the theme by putting the accent, for instance, on «knowledge» society rather than on «industrial» one. This group is in a transitional phase.