SOCIUS, Research Centre in Economic and Organisational Sociology, is a research centre from ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, created in May 1991 by teachers and researchers.

SOCIUS main scientific area, Economic and Organisational Sociology, is considered in a broad sense that privileges the multiple points of dialogue between contemporary Sociology and Economics, and other Social Sciences interested in the study of the intersection between economic and organisational realities. SOCIUS, through ISEG, is the host research institution of the PhD Programme in Economic and Organisational Sociology.

The centre's research team consists mainly of ISEG faculty members, plus full time research fellows and post-doc researchers, as well as faculty from other universities.

As a Research and Development Unit (R&D), SOCIUS was first evaluated in 1999, in the scope of the periodic evaluations of R&D Units carried out by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., having been classified as "Excellent" in all the evaluation exercises in which it participated (1999, 2002 and 2007).

SOCIUS is currently integrated within CSG - Research in Social Sciences and Management -, an R&D unit created in 2013 at ISEG by four of its research centres – SOCIUS, ADVANCE, CEsA and GHES -, having been classified by FCT with “Excellent” in 2013 and “Very Good” in 2017. This new research structure is openly interdisciplinary, bringing together the scientific areas of the associated research centres - economic and organisational sociology, economics, management, finance, development studies, economic and social history - and, to a lesser extent, other areas of the social sciences - such as demography, economic anthropology, social and organisational psychology and economic law. At the same time as studies are developed with a very marked disciplinary nature - a requirement that derives from the institutional environment in which science is built - integrated approaches are multiplied, in which no disciplinary matrix is dominant, and which allow for a broad understanding of complex problems and the best applicability of the proposed recommendations.

Research Areas

  • Employment, Gender and Migration
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • State and Public Policy
  • Markets and Financialisation
  • Organisations, Professions and Qualifications
  • Ageing, Health and Care
  • Sustainable Development, Third Sector and Social Networks


  • Scientific research projects;
  • Participation in different research programmes and national and international networks;
  • Organization of Seminars, national and international Conferences, Colloquiums and Workshops;
  • Regular reception of master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral research scholars;
  • Inclusion of graduate, post-graduate, master’s and PhD students in scientific research projects;
  • Supervision of post-graduate works and master’s and doctoral theses;
  • Support to ISEG/UTL Master’s and PhD Programmes in Economic and Organizational Sociology;
  • Consulting;
  • Training for civil society’s organizations and institutions, including the training of teachers at various academic levels;
  • Publication and promotion of different studies (working papers, research works, support texts for training exercises, seminars, etc.).