Centro de Estudos Sociais

The project “The Importance of Being Digital: exploring digital scholarship and digital methods” is based at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), a scientific institution founded in 1978 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and devoted to research and advanced training in the area of the social sciences and humanities. Headed since then by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, CES now numbers 129 researchers, 79 post-doctoral researchers and 54 junior researchers. The team of researchers based at CES includes sociologists, economists, jurists, anthropologists, historians, specialists in the areas of education, literature, culture and international relations, geographers, architects, engineers, biologists and medical doctors.
In 1997 and in 1999 and, more recently, in 2005 and 2010, the Centre for Social Studies has been evaluated as Excellent (the highest classification) by an international panel, within the framework of the Evaluation Process for Research Units of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. In February 2002, CES was awarded the status of Associate Laboratory by the Ministry for Science, on the basis of its proven ability to develop innovative research on Portuguese society, as well as for its contribution to issues of public interest, such as public policies and the new forms of regulation, the relation between scientific knowledge and citizen participation, and the legal system and the reform of the justice.


Centro de Estudos Sociais

Colégio de S. Jerónimo

Largo D. Dinis

Apartado 3087

3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal


Tel.: +351 239 855 570

Fax: +351 239 855 589


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