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Within the scope of its aims and purposes, CEPESE also functions, since 1996, as a Research Unit in the field of History, under the same name, currently coordinated by Fernando de Sousa.

As a R&D Unit, CEPESE is dependent on the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, whose main activity is regulated by the rules established by the Ministry of Education and Science, with over one hundred PhD researchers belonging to about twenty Portuguese Higher Education Institutions, besides several dozens of non-PhD researchers.  

The R&D Unit is periodically evaluated by the FCT, through a panel of international experts, and in the last evaluation process (2007/2008) was rated Very Good, the highest rating granted to a research unit in the field of History.

Given its exceptional conditions, the CEPESE not only meets the legal requirements to work as the host institution duly accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science, but also all material conditions and scientific research support from the bibliographic support available from your library the orientation of the work by senior researchers with extensive experience in that respect.



Besides, CEPESE welcomes foreign researchers who are conducting their work in the context of Master, PhD and Post-Doc projects, having already received in this condition numerous researchers from countries such as Italy, Spain and Brazil. Thus, any foreign researcher who wishes to develop their research project in Portugal may contact CEPESE in order to get all the necessary information for its hosting.

CEPESE’s Research Unit is thematically divided through five Research Groups:

Art and Cultural Heritage in the North of Portugal
Coordinator: Lúcia Rosas

Economics, Society and Politics of Contemporary Portugal
Coordinator: Carlos Amaral Dias

Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Coordinator: Paula Pinto Costa 

Population and Foresight
Coordinator: Teresa Rodrigues

Portuguese Foreign Relations
Coordinator: Fernando de Sousa


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