|CESIS is a non-governmental, independent organisation of researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds concerned to promote evidence-based, policy-relevant research at both national and European level. Founded in 1992 CESIS’ team working experience dates back from 1986 when its first publications on poverty played a major role in launching this line of research in the scientific community in Portugal and, at the same time, by giving a major contribution to public and political awareness of the phenomena of impoverishment in the Portuguese society.|
Since then CESIS' activities have tried to deepen and enlarge this scope of research through the dissemination of results aiming at its wider and better use; a direct action in promoting an evidence-based definition of efficient policies for eradicating processes of social marginalization/exclusion; an increased visibility of the needs and expectations of marginalized and excluded people.
In this perspective, CESIS has defined the following main objectives: To contribute, through research, to the understanding of social reality, namely with regard to situations of impoverishment and social exclusion; To contribute towards the establishment and implementation of policies of human development and social promotion; To stimulate the participation of citizens in the processes of their development and social promotion; To promote training programmes with the goal of improving the capability for social intervention at various levels; To promote the dissemination of studies and/or innovative experiences in the area of social promotion.
Guided by these objectives, CESIS proposes to promote, carry out and support: Research and action-research projects; Consultancy; Meetings, seminars and other training sessions; Training programmes; Publishing; Documentation and information service.
CESIS activity is based on a multi-disciplinary approach with the regular co-operation of researchers from the different areas of the social sciences: sociology, economy, psychology, anthropology, law, social work. Among the areas of research and action-research that have secured a continuity of programmes and projects, giving rise to research reports, seminar exposés, articles and books and pedagogical tools, the following are worth mentioning: Children and youth; Poverty and social inclusion; Labour and employment; Working conditions; Social dialogue; Ageing and older people; Mobility, migration and ethnic minorities; Homeless people; Gender equality; Time use and work life balance; Gender-based violence; Social enterprises; Social policies and social protection.
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