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The activities of the Institute of Sociology have privileged, since the creation of the Unit, the establishment of networks and partnerships involving not only scientific institutions, but also a wide range of public and private entities.

On this page, you can learn more about the networks and national and international partnerships of the Institute.

“Comparing social classes and inequalities in France and Portugal” is a project part of the international scientific cooperation programme (PICS) of the Centre Nacional de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the largest public research body in France and a world reference institution in the field of scientific research.


The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) connects knowledge centres in European countries. It aims to facilitate the exchange of research findings and innovative practice, to stimulate new research in arts and cultural education and to support the development of arts education within the framework of global UNESCO-policies and guidelines for education, culture and sustainable development.



EUREL rests on an important international network of specialists (Law and Social Sciences researchers and scholars) who provide and validate, regularly and based on scientific research, accurate and updated sociological and legal information on the social and legal status of religion in Europe in an interdisciplinary perspective.


The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe every two years since 2001. It is part of the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and was established through a partnership involving research units and centres of the University of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL, University of Coimbra, and University of Porto.

FUNDING ENTITIES: European Commission; European Science Foundation; FCT


INWARD Urban Creativity Observatory is an international network of experts that works for the enhancement of urban creativity, through research and development, in the areas of public affairs, private companies, no-profit organizations. It promotes the culture of the phenomenon in seminars, workshops, events, projects, studies and programs, and talks on its aspects for years with sociologists, anthropologists, architects, planners, designers, art critics, artists, communicators.


NECS aims are to foster high-level and innovative research in film and media theory, history and practice, to provide a forum for communication, exchange and scholarly debate, to support young and early-career researchers, and to establish film and media studies as a dynamic and important part of the arts and humanities research in Europe.



The Punk Scholars Network (PSN) is an academic platform that fosters a rigorous, scholarly approach to the study of punk and post-punk. With a global and academically diverse membership, the PSN encourages, and embraces methodological approaches towards punk from a myriad of academic disciplines, including film studies, history, cultural studies, sociology, musicology, art and design and religious studies.


The network engages Portuguese and Brazilian sociologists of education from the most relevant university institutions of both countries and promotes a comparative analysis of educational phenomena. It has a vast collection of books and published articles and organises a congress every 2 years (in Brazil and in Portugal, alternatively).


Research group of the CNPq – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The OCCA Observatory was officially launched on 30 May 2017 with the aim of boosting the field of food culture in Ceará, with an emphasis on regional, traditional and popular cuisine. Lines of action: Training, Research, Intervention.



Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 Porto, Portugal

Phone: +351 226 077 132


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