S&T Week 2017

24 November 2017


Introduction to the event 

Welcome from the Director of CIES-IUL
Brief presentation of the Centre.

Presentation of the Activities


Activity 1 –  Is Portugal an unequal country? Obervatory for Inequalities

Researcher: Frederico Cantante


Is Portugal one of Europe’s most unequal countries, or not? In which areas? Are there domains in which we are more equalitarian? How has this reality developed though the last few years? The participants have now met the the Observatory for Inequalities and have discovered the answer to these and other questions.



Activity 2 – Field World. Observation and recording in na urban contexto.
Researchers: Rita Cachado e Catarina Fontes


The activity focused on field work as a qualitative methodology to obtain information about the urban space and its cultural and social appropriations, using observation as a fundamental technique and exploring ways of recording the observed data for the construction of empirical materials. Resorting to a recent research in Lisbon, a practical exercise was made which aimed to explore the terrain, the space and its appropriations, through observation and its respective recording.


Activity 3 - Precious, a life lesson
Researchers: Inês Casquilho Martins e Rita Barata


In this activity participants experimented with the focus group technique and understood its application in social sciences, namely in the research into Social Services. The objective was to create a debate among the participant group around scenes from the film Precious (2009), being then able to obtain and present results through their experience.


Activity 4 – Human Trafficking: why and how to research
Researchers: Mara Clemente e Filipa Pinho


In recent decades human trafficking has become an international concern, having captured the attention of a great number of states and non-governmental organizations and being assumed as a priority in the agenda of several international agencies. Activists, media and celebrities have contributed to shine a light on the theme. In spite of this the definition and conceptualization of trafficking are not obvious… What is human trafficking? Why study trafficking and how to do it? The proposed activity had the objective of answering these questions though a research on the theme from a qualitative approach in a trafficked women’s shelter in Portugal. The challenge was to contribute to a critical and attentive look by the citizens and future researchers!


Actividade 5 – Data Analysis: do social scientists work with numbers?Researchers: Carlota Veiga e Mariana Duarte



The analysis of quantitative data has been gaining more and more relevance in the study of social phenomena. The increasing quantity of available data, through the use of the internet (eg. Social networks, governmental institutes, international organizations) allows us to have access to a collection of fundamental information to better understand the reality of social phenomena. So, in this activity, we will have the opportunity to talk about some of the sources for quantitative data information. We will also examine some data analysis techniques highlighting the most common mistakes in their interpretation. The activity will end with some forms of presentation of the results attained during the analysis.


Presentation and final evaluation of the activities performed.

Evaluation of the initiative and closing of the event.