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CIES - Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Sociologia [Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology]


Fernando Luís Machado (President)

Location: City/Country

Edifício ISCTE
Av. das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal

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Main theme

3) Transition of young people with an ethnic minority or immigrant background

Keywords area of work

(10 max)

Descendants; youth; life course; social integration; social exclusion; life trajectories; school trajectories

Brief description of institution (250 words max)

Established in 1985, CIES-ISCTE is a university research centre associated to ISCTE (University Institute for Social Sciences, Business Studies and Technologies) and accredited by the FCT.

It is supported by the Multi-annual Funding Program for R&D Units, sponsored by FCT. In 2008, it was subjected by FCT to external evaluation by an international scientific panel and, as in earlier periodic evaluations, was classified as "excellent".

CIES main focus is on projects of fundamental research in sociology, political science, education studies, communication studies and urban anthropology. Most of these projects are funded through open calls with scientific evaluation promoted by national and European agencies/foundations.

The projects are grouped into 5 lines of research and an intercontinental research programme, which are more thematic lines than organisational ones. Many researchers carry out research in more than one of the lines.

CIES' management bodies consist of a Board of Directors, the Scientific Committee, the Supervisory Committee and the General Assembly. The Centre also has an external Scientific Advisory Committee made up of 5 Portuguese and foreign well-known researchers.

CIES-ISCTE publishes since 1986 a scientific journal - Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas - directed by a senior researcher with support of an Editorial Committee and an International Editing Committee.

The support structures of the Centre include the Financial and Administrative Department, the Communication and Planning Office and the journal's editorial secretariat, including a total of 5 staff members.

The centre is affiliated with the European Cnsortium for Sociological Research (ECRS) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).


The research centre is divided into five main research lines:

I - Processes of Social Recomposition and Cultural Reconfiguration

Coords.: Fernando Luís Machado and José Luís Casanova

II -Knowledge Society and Patterns of Competence

Coords.: António Firmino da Costa and Patrícia Ávila

III - Ways of Life and Public Policies

Coords.: Maria das Dores Guerreiro and Anália Torres

IV - Politics and Citizenship: Institutions, Cultures and Behaviour

Coords.: Luís de Sousa

V - Work, Occupations and Organisations

Coords.: Luísa Oliveira

VI - Europe/Latin American Research Program (ELARP)

Coords.: Beatriz Padilla and Catherine Moury

Running projects

Title: Ethnicity, School Trajectories and Professional Expectations: young descendants of immigrants at the end of compulsory schooling

Research Team: Teresa Seabra; Sandra Mateus; Magda Nico; Elisabete Rodrigues

Abstract: In recent years the increasing migratory pressure in Portugal and its growing demographic and cultural importance has become an issue of general interest and wide debate. There remains, however, inadequate scientific knowledge about the configurations and conditions that characterize this segment of Portuguese society, one that is considerably heterogeneous from a cultural, social and age-structure point of view. In the field of sociology, there is a shortage of data regarding, for example, the social composition, schooling processes and life courses of the young descendants of immigrants in Portugal. For this reason, this research proposes to build a stock of multidimensional information that helps us to state the issues and allows rectification of some of the insufficiencies ascertained.

Keywords: Youth; immigration; social trajectories


Title: Young Descendants of African Immigrants: Transition to Social Integration or to Social Exclusion?

Research Team: Fernando Luís Machado; Ana Raquel Matias; Sofia Fontes Leal

Abstract: This project aims at studying this African second generation, particularly young people in the 15-29 years old age group, to determinate whether their transition to adulthood anticipates a future of social integration or social exclusion.

Keywords: African immigrants; social integration; youth; social exclusion.


Title: Toward a Social Construction of an European Youth-Ness: Experience of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Public Sphere among Second Generation Migrated Teenagers (TRESEGY)

Research Team: Beatriz Padilla; Ana Raquel Matias; Alejandra Ortiz; Vera Rodrigues

Abstract: The project combines quantitative and qualitative research methods to better understand the realities of young descendants of immigrant origin living in European cities.

Keywords: Young migrants; Europe; social integration; social exclusion


Title: Immigrants and Ethnics Minorities in European Cities: Life-courses and Quality of Life in a World of Limitations

Research Team: Fernando Luís Machado; Maria Abranches

Abstract: Focussed on an understanding of structural changes and effects of societal and economics policies.

Keywords: life-course, migration, integration


Title: Generation Project - Research of Young People's Trajectories of Integration and Social Exclusion: Life Trajectories of Young People from Casal da Boba

Research Team: Fernando Luís Machado; Alexandre Vianna Silva; Ana Raquel Matias

Abstract: The project aims to contribute for the integration and the development of life projects for children and young people of Casal da Boba.

Keywords: Social integration; social exclusion; youth


Title: Guineans in Portugal - Ethnicity and Integration

Research Team: Fernando Luís Machado

Abstract: This study seeks to identify the structural conditions in Portuguese society which encourage inward migratory flows and to analyse the impact of the presence of immigrant communities at the economic, cultural and political level. The project focuses particularly on the study of the community which originates from Guinea-Bissau and analyses the following aspects of the integration of this community into Portuguese society: modalities of access and integration into the labour market and the employment system; dynamics of identity and acculturation; family and marriage; co-operative movements and strategies of collective action; second-generation immigrants.

Keywords: ethnicity, integration, Guineans

Relevant Publications

Machado, Fernando Luís (2008), "Processos de integração social e simbólica dos filhos de imigrantes africanos em Portugal" [Processes of social and symbolic integration of children of African immigrants in Portugal], in Ricardo Vieira, Cristóvão Margarido e Maura Mendes (orgs.), Diferenças, Desigualdades, Inclusões, Exclusões, Porto, Afrontamento.


Machado, Fernando Luís (2008), "Filhos de imigrantes africanos no mercado de trabalho: acessos, perfis e trajectos" [Children of African Immigrants in the labour market: access, types and trajectories], in Migrações, Lisboa, ACIDI, nº 2, p. 121-158


Machado, Fernando Luís e Alexandre Silva (2008), Quantos Caminhos Há no Mundo? Transições para a Vida Adulta num Bairro Social [How many roads are there in the World? Transitions to Adulthood in a Housing Project Neighbourhood], Lisboa, CIES-ISCTE.


Machado, Fernando Luís (2007), "Youngsters like any others? - Integration processes and scenarios for children of African immigrants in Portugal", in António Vitorino (coord.), Immigration: Opportunity or Threat?, Recomendations of the Gulbenkian Immigration Forum, Princípia Editora, Estoril, Março 2007. 


Machado, Fernando Luís, Maria Abranches, Raquel Matias e Sofia Leal (2007) "Para onde vai a imigração africana em Portugal? Sedentarização, gerações e trajectos" [Where are African immigrants going to in Portugal? Settlement, generations and trajectories] in Maria das Dores, Anália Cardoso Torres e Luís Capucha (Orgs.), Quotidiano e Qualidade de Vida, (Portugal no Contexto Europeu, vol. III), Lisboa, Celta Editora


Machado, Fernando Luís (2006), "Novos portugueses? Parâmetros sociais da identidade nacional dos jovens descendentes de imigrantes africanos" [New Portuguese? Social parameters of national identity of young African immigrant descendants] in Joana Miranda e Maria Isabel João (orgs.), Identidades Nacionais em Debate, Oeiras, Celta, pp.19-46.


Machado, Fernando Luís e Ana Raquel Matias (2006), Descendentes de Imigrantes nas Sociedades de Acolhimento: Linhas de Identificação Sociológica, [Immigrant Descendants in Receiving Societies: Sociological Research Lines of Identification] CIES e-Working Paper N.º 13/2006, Lisboa, CIES-ISCTE.


Machado, Fernando Luís (2003), "Etnicidade e sociabilidades dos guineenses em Portugal" [Ethnicity and sociabilities of Guineans in Portugal] in Graça Indias Cordeiro, Luís Vicente Baptista e António Firmino da Costa (orgs.), Etnografias Urbanas, Celta Editora, pp. 131-142.


Machado, Fernando Luís (1996), "Minorias e Literacia: Imigrantes Guineenses em Portugal" [Minorities and Literacy: Guinean Immigrants in Portugal], in Ana Benavente (coord.), Alexandre Rosa, António Firmino da Costa e Patrícia Ávila, A Literacia em Portugal. Resultados de uma Pesquisa Extensiva e Monográfica, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 171-238.


Seabra, Teresa, Sandra Mateus e Elisabete Rodrigues (2008), "Trajectórias e aspirações escolares no 9º ano de escolaridade: diferenças de classe social, de etnicidade e de género" [School Trajectories and Aspirations in the 9th year of schooling; social class, ethnicity and gender differences], VI Congresso Português de Sociologia - Mundos Sociais: Saberes e Práticas, Lisboa.


Seabra, Teresa e Sandra Mateus (2007) "Imigração e escolaridade: trajectórias, quotidianos e aspirações" [Immigration and school: trajectories, daily activities and aspirations] in Maria das Dores, Anália Cardoso Torres e Luís Capucha (Orgs.), Quotidiano e Qualidade de Vida (Portugal no Contexto Europeu, vol. III), Lisboa, Celta Editora. 


Seabra, Teresa (Coord.), Sandra Mateus, Magda Nico, Elisabete Rodrigues (2007), Etnicidade, trajectórias escolares e orientações profissionais: jovens descendentes de imigrantes no finalizar da escolaridade obrigatória, [Ethnicity, school trajectories and professional orientations: young immigrant descendants finishing compulsory school] CIES-ISCTE.



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