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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 sobre o Espaço e as Organizações (CIEO) [SOC-Algarve-Faro-4020] visitada em 09/10/2007

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This is a new unit, which is still in an early stage of activity. It was created around a project: to federate existing but until now dispersed skills and resources around the question of development and to collect data to stimulate the study of the effects of modernity, technological innovation and human mobility. Their primordial preoccupation is with the Algarve region.
CIEO is organized in 2 groups: «space and sustainability» (which has already submitted different projects) and «human resources» which intends to work on the question «what is behind the backwardness of Portugal in Europe?». In both cases, the project is to adopt a multilevel and multidisciplinary perspective (sociology, anthropology, demography, economy, geography). Each group is very good.
The unit has a translator (to help for the publications), a project manager (a colleague who gives 2 days per week for this task) and a secretary, paid by the entrepreneurial platform (see infra). The researchers have rooms in an existing building, what gives them an immediate visibility.
The unit has already created and signed a «platform» with 12 enterprises of the Algarve region with the intention to detect their fragilities and to work together in remedying them. The choice was made so as to have links with enterprises of different types, sizes and domains - communication, urban planning, construction, distribution, and hotel business).
CIEO shows that it has a scientific strategy : in order to have interrelated programmes, and projects, CIEO has already organised exchanges in Portugal, with the Associated Lab CCMar and with 2 centres for economics («Southern Academy»), with different European centres among whose a centre in Amsterdam which is considered as outstanding in the field of sustainability and also with different centres outside Europe ; it has a consulting scientific committee to help the researchers to publish in good international journals.
The researchers are concerned with the training of PHD, who until now in the region have been left to fend for themselves. CIEO will give them the opportunity to enter in programmes and projects as well as in (inter)national networks.
As CIEO is just created, the panel can not evaluate its productivity. None the less the past productivity of its members is a clear indication that one can be confident in its future success. The potential is there to reach a very good level. The members are committed to the development of their region and they have an overall strategy to promote social awareness as a precondition to development. They are very much concerned with (inter)national networking, publication and training. They consider applied research as a basis for more specifically scientific elaboration.

The panel considers that CIEO deserves support on the basis of all these arguments and in the light of past realisations as well as of the strategy elaborated for the future.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Human Resources [RG-SOC-Algarve-Faro-4020-24]
This new group intends to work on the question “What is behind, the backwardness of Portugal in Europe?” It intends to adopt a multi level and multi disciplinary perspective. As it is a very new group, it cannot be evaluated on the basis of its productivity but the productivity of its members is a clear indication that one can be confident for the future. Members are committed to the development of their region and they have an overall strategy to promote social awareness as a pre-condition to development. They are also very concerned with networking, publication and training and they consider applied research as a basis for theoretical elaborations.
Innovation, Sustainability and Space Organisation [RG-SOC-Algarve-Faro-4020-23]
This group, new as the Unit intends, to adopt a multi level and multi disciplinary perspective. It has already submitted different projects. As it is a very new group, it cannot be evaluated on the basis of its productivity but the productivity of its members is a clear indication that one can be confident for the future. Members are committed to the development of their region and they have an overall strategy to promote social awareness as a pre-condition to development. They are also very concerned with networking, publication and training and they consider applied research as a basis for theoretical elaborations.