University of Porto


The University of Porto (UPORTO) is among the 150 best universities in Europe and the world top 400 (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014). With 14 schools (plus a business school) distributed over 3 campuses, 16 libraries and 14 museums, it is the second largest university and scientific research institution in Portugal, serving around 32,000 students (around 1500 from foreign countries), 2400 teaching/research staff. The Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences (FPCEUP) was created in 1980. About 1500 students attend undergraduate, master and doctoral programmes and over 1000 persons attend every year in-service courses in psychology and education topics. FPCEUP has two R&D units funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE), established in 1988, is one of those research centres. It develops research on key historical, contemporary and emerging issues of educational and social change and processes, in order to broaden the role of education in promoting equity, social inclusion and active citizenship.

Key-players

Tiago NevesTiago Neves holds a PhD in Education Sciences from the University of Porto, where he is Assistant Professor in the areas of research methods, conflict management and social and educational inequalities. He has coordinated research and intervention on conflict mediation and on fighting poverty and social exclusion, and been a member of the research team in a number of national and international projects.

Isabel MenezesIsabel Menezes has a PhD in Psychology and a Habilitation in Education Sciences from the University of Porto, where she is a Full Professor in the areas of educational research, educational and community intervention, and citizenship education. She has coordinated research on youth and adult civic and political participation, with a focus on the experience of groups at risk of exclusion on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, and migrant status.

Pedro FerreiraPedro Ferreira holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Porto, where he is Assistant Professor. He has developed research on the mobilization and empowerment of vulnerable, socially excluded populations, as part of a move towards emancipatory and participatory citizenship.

Fernanda RodriguesFernanda Rodrigues has a PhD in Social Work from the PUC São Paulo (BR) and she is an Invited Full Professor at the University of Porto. She has coordinated research and intervention projects on poverty and social exclusion.

Alexandra Sá CostaAlexandra Sá Costa has a PhD in Education Sciences from the University of Porto where she is an Assistant Professor in the areas of education policies analysis and education, cooperation and development. She has been involved in research on youth public policies, on education policies and on education for development.

José Pedro AmorimJosé Pedro Amorim has a PhD in Education from the Catholic University and is doing a pos-doctorate on the trainers of adult education at the University of Porto. He has been involved in research on LLL, adult education initiatives and access and progression of non-traditional publics.

Ana Bela Ribeiro holds a PhD in Education Sciences. She has been involved in research on civic and political participation, education and community intervention, citizenship education, NGO, lifelong learning, and education policies. She has experience with mixed and collaborative research methodologies. Also, as a teacher she has worked on adult literacy.

Mariana RodriguesMariana Rodrigues is in the final stretch of her PhD in Education Sciences from the University of Porto, where she is exploring the impact of youths’ participation in scouting on their social and psychopolitical development. She has been involved in research on citizenship education in formal and non-formal educational settings; forms and contexts of online/offline participation and the quality of these participation experiences. She has experience in qualitative, quantitative, and collaborative research methodologies.