Center for Social Studies
The University of Coimbra is a Portuguese public university, one of the largest higher education and research institutions in Portugal. It was established in 1290 and it is the oldest university of the country. The University of Coimbra has over 20,000 students, and hosts one of the largest communities of international students in Portugal, being the most cosmopolitan Portuguese university.
The Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra is an Associate Laboratory of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) since 2002, being devoted to research and advanced training in the area of the social sciences and humanities. Headed by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, CES currently has 128 researchers, 101 post-doctoral researchers, 387 PhD students and 39 junior researchers. Many of these researchers work on a full time basis at the Centre, combining research with lecturing (the vast majority at the School of Economics, the School of Humanities and the School of Science and Technology) or with other professional activities. The team of CES researchers includes sociologists, economists, lawyers, anthropologists, historians, psychologists, geologists, architects, engineers, and biologists, as well as experts in the fields of education, literature, culture and international relations.