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

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Estudos das Migrações e das Relações Interculturais - CEMRI/ Centre for the Study of Migrations and Intercultural Relations [SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289] visitada em 23/10/2007

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
Compared with the former evaluation when it was considered as very good, CEMRI seems to have slightly dozed of and differences between the 5 groups are manifest.
The panel highly appreciates this unit’s productivity (notably publications in pr-IJ) and involvement in relevant networks especially visible in the group «Migrations» (289-2232) which possesses concrete and clear research plans and is clearly very good.
The group «Women studies» (289-2239) was less convincing, even if it is a member of an international network and makes efforts to develop a theoretical perspective with new concepts. But these efforts have yet to bear sufficient fruit need to be more vigorously implemented. The internal dynamics have also to be intensified through the explicit formulation of a common project in order to become a group working together beyond the mere juxtaposition of individual initiatives. In consequence this group is good.
The group 289-2010 «Health, culture and development» is also good. The members have an important training activity and make efforts to develop a comparative perspective. But one does not really see a clear defined common project into which the different researches could be integrated with an eye to developing cumulative knowledge.
For the «Visual anthropology» group (289-2241), the panel noticed that a large number of films have been produced on potentially interesting issues but considered that the time had come to focus on the scientific issues approachable via this visual database. Until such a programme of related scientific questions has been developed, the collected data risk stagnating as the separate parts of a collection with a purely potential «potential».
Although the social issue of « intergenerational relations » (289-2242) is relevant, the panel regrets that the topic has not yet been elaborated into a strictly scientific question and researchable issue. For the moment, this line reflects more political action than a research programme that could provide scholarly knowledge in this area.
To conclude, the panel considers that CEMRI would gain in credibility, efficiency and scientific character if it concentrated its efforts on what is its fundamental research subject: migrations. That is not to say that the other questions have to be abandoned (researchers are concerned with incompressible complexity) but that they should to be more explicitly associated with the problematic of migrations. The future research plans should be much more concentrated around the main research line and the other lines should be thought at on the basis of the main research projects concerning migration. CEMRI has accumulated much information and knowledge on migrations. The time is now ripe to organise the results and to theorize about them.
Two final remarks:

1. PHD students seem to be well trained: someone is especially in charge of their support and a seminar is organised every week for them. They also received material assistance. But their integration in research projects varies according to their director.
2. CEMRI envisages the creation of its own journal mainly, it was said, « to enjoy exchanges ». The panel advises against this project which risks to slow down the efforts made to publish in (international) existing journals.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Health, Culture and Development [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289-2240]
The members of this group have an important training activity and make efforts to develop a comparative perspective. But one does not really see a clear defined common project into which the different researches could be integrated with an eye to developing cumulative knowledge.

Intergenerational Relations [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289-2242]
Although the social issue of « intergenerational relations » (289-2242) is relevant, the panel regrets that the topic has not yet been elaborated into a strictly scientific question and researchable issue. For the moment, this line reflects more political action than a research programme that could provide scholarly knowledge in this area. Thus in the panel’s opinion the group is only only poor.
Migrations [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289-2232]
The panel highly appreciates this group’s productivity (notably publications in pr-IJ) and involvement in relevant networks. The group possesses concrete and clear research plans and deserves to be evaluated as very good.
Visual Anthropology [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289-2241]
For the «Visual anthropology» group (289-2241), the panel noticed that a large number of films have been produced on potentially interesting issues but considered that the time had come to focus on the scientific issues approachable via this visual database. Until such a programme of related scientific questions has been developed, the collected data risk to stagnate as the separate parts of a collection with a purely potential “potential”. That is one of the reasons why the panel evaluated this group as fair.
Women Studies [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-289-2239]
The group «Women studies» (289-2239) was not so convincing, even if it is a member of an international network and makes efforts to develop a theoretical perspective with new concepts. But these efforts have yet to bear sufficient fruit need to be more vigorously implemented. The internal dynamics have also to be intensified through the explicit formulation of a common project in order to become a group working together beyond the mere juxtaposition of individual initiatives.