The Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology / Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-Iscte) of the Iscte- University Institute of Lisbon, is a R&D unit, recognised and evaluated by the FCT, in the area of social sciences dedicated to studying contemporary social problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. Constituted in 1985, it is an organic unit of ISCTE-IUL and is part of its School of Sociology and Public Policy.
CIES-Iscte's main scientific domain is sociology, developing relevant activity in the fields of public policy, political science, communication, education, modern and contemporary history and social work.
CIES-Iscte’s activity is characterised by a demanding articulation between basic research and applied research mainly directed at the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies in various sectors and areas of intervention. The Centre’s research 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 programmes - Communication, 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.