The Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte) is a social science R&D unit of Iscte - University Institute of Lisboa, recognised and evaluated by the FCT, with the aim of creating and promoting knowledge about current social problems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Founded in 1985 with sociology as its main scientific area the centre is also developing relevant activities in the domains of public policy, political science, communication sciences, modern and contemporary history and social work.

The main mission of CIES is to produce high quality research that contributes to the understanding and awareness of societal challenges and global threats and to provide evidence-based policy recommendations.



“O CIES é um centro de investigação grande mas coeso, que promove uma forte relação entre ciência e sociedade”

Teresa Patrício

Diretora CIES Teresa Patricio



The center is characterized by a strong articulation between fundamental and applied research, policy-oriented research, advanced training, and dissemination activities and scientific production, fosters diversity and the crossing of intensive and extensive approaches, aimed at deepening the analytical relationship between the study of social, political and historic macro-processes and the social, cultural and spatial micro-dynamics.


CIES-Iscte is organised into Research Groups in the framework of which research projects financed through open calls for tender with scientific evaluation, as well as applied research projects and knowledge transfer activities, are developed from the consolidated scientific competence bases. The Centre is involved in numerous projects promoted by national and European agencies or foundations, research programmes and international scientific cooperation networks.

The Centre is responsible for the scientific and the administrative coordination of 7 PhD programmesCommunication, Modern and Contemporary History, Policies of School Administration and Management, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology - and is associated with 4 others.


In the field of scientific communication the centre has a consolidated editorial activity, publishing the journal Sociologia Problemas e Práticas and several collections of books through the publisher Mundos Sociais.