CIES-IUL is a research unit belonging to ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), a public university located in Lisbon, Portugal, established in 1972, with approximately 9000 students.

CIES-IUL is a research unit dedicated to studying contemporary social problems from a multidisciplinary perspective,  conducting research projects in the fields of sociology and public policy, but also developing relevant activity in the fields of political science, communication sciences, educational sciences, urban studies and social work.

The centre’s general aims are to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development of society. Its strategic guiding principles are scientific quality, social relevance and internationalisation.

Its activity is characterized by a strong articulation between fundamental research, policy oriented research and advanced training. The centre is responsible for the management and scientific coordination of 2 observatories – the Observatory of Social Inequalities and the Observatory of Emigration -, together with 4 doctoral programmes and is associated to 5 others. CIES-IUL has a scientific structure based on six Research Groups (RG): Inequalities, Migrations and Territories; Knowledge Society, Competences and Communication; Family, Generations and Health; Politics and Citizenship; Work, Innovation and Social Structures of the Economy; Modern and Contemporary History. RG Coordinators are fundamental in the planning and implementation of the centre’s research activities.

Currently, the research team is composed of 118 integrated PhD researchers.

CIES-IUL will be in charge of collecting the good practices: the aim is to have a collection of 10 good practices already tested in other territories, regarding welcoming and integrating refugees, asylum seekers and third-country migrants, to be used for the following Action Programmes.

CIES-IUL will also produce, on the one hand:

  • a toolkit for methods and tools set for characterize the population of refugees and asylum seekers, highlight their resources, concerns and needs, and allow for the communication of their voices, validated by participating territories and stakeholders;
  • a consolidated report assessing and analysing the surveyed data, where the knowledge generated is disseminated in a sensitive, user friendly way, fit for discussion with non-specialist audiences and that may feed training actions contents.

On the other hand, it will produce a video-documentary containing a number of interviews (from 5 to 10) to refugees and asylum seekers resettled in the hubs of the involved countries. Such video is the important contribution that PandPAS can offer to all NGOs and authorities that are working out of Europe, in pre-departure activities for asylum-seekers or more in general in projects aimed at “legal and aware emigration”