Research Projects

Within the scope of its activity, and with the aim of increasing the knowledge in areas insufficiently studied in the area of Social Sciences, CEPESE has been developing several research projects, many of them with an international scope. Among the financing entities, in addition to the FCT – either through direct financing or through multi-annual financing – other institutions are also relevant, both public and private, such as the European Science Foundation, Municipalities, the Assembly of the Republic, Ministries, Foundations and Entreprises.

Prime Ministers of Portugal (1820-2020)

Focusing on the Prime Ministers of Portugal since the beginnings of the parliamentary regime institutionalized with the Liberal Revolution of 1820, this project aimed to present their biographies and the activities they undertook during their mandates. It also included a study on the creation of the position, competencies, and responsibilities in different historical periods, as well as their socio-professional characterization. Considering the time elapsed since the initially planned completion date of the project (2017), the study period was extended to include the incumbent Prime Minister at that time.

DIGIGOV - Digital Official Journal

This research project involved the digitization, image-to-text conversion, and online availability of all editions of the official journal of the Portuguese State published between the Constitutional Revolution of 1820 and the end of the Constitutional Monarchy. It also included a historical-documentary analysis of this source, along with comparative studies with some of the major foreign official journals. Completed in 2019, this project provided an invaluable source for the history of Contemporary Portugal, given the diversity of topics it covers, its continuity over time, and the extent of its content. Fully achieving its proposed objectives, the platform became available online in August 2019, with editions accessible in various formats and the various studies produced within the scope of this project.

Cohesion Building of Multi-ethnic Societies, 10th-21st Century

Funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland through the National Program for the Development of Humanities, and executed by the University of Wroclaw (Principal Investigator - Prof. Przemek Wiszewski), this project involved the participation of six researchers from CEPESE. Its objective was to analyze processes of social cohesion in multiethnic societies from the 10th to the 21st century.

History of Accounting in Portugal

The aim of this project, carried out in partnership with the Portuguese Order of Certified Accountants, is to make a scientific analysis of the historical evolution of accounting in Portugal, from the foundation of Portugal as a state in the 12th century to the present time, covering the different dimensions of Accounting.

Portuguese Political and Business Elites

Este Projeto de Investigação tem como principal objetivo completar uma base de dados digital com a identificação das elites políticas e económicas portuguesas, a nível central e local, desde os primórdios do Constitucionalismo até ao presente.

Routes of Memory

The objective of this project was to create tourist routes in the North of Portugal based on the flows of Portuguese emigration to Brazil from 1822 to 1949.

Bragança. From its origins to the Liberal Revolution of 1820

Following the project Bragança in the Contemporary Age (1820-2012), developed by CEPESE and resulting in a two-volume work published in 2013, this research project aimed to continue the study and publication of the history of Bragança, now from its prehistoric origins to 1820, in a rigorous and critical manner, seeking to capture the city's evolution in the national and Iberian context. The project set out to analyze the administrative evolution and the demographic, economic, social, and cultural structures of the city, as well as the political reality, heritage, and transformations of the urban space.

ITRACOTUR - Knowledge Transfer Initiative for Tourism Online Promotion

ITRACOTUR – KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER INITIATIVE IN ONLINE TOURISM PROMOTION This project, concluded in 2018, aimed to gather information and explore business strategies for the regional tourism sector, with a particular focus on the opportunities created by social media and user perspectives. The intervention space for this initiative was the Northern Region of Portugal. The results were primarily practical, including the transfer of knowledge and the mapping of a guide to regional tourism best practices, the development of Business Intelligence Strategies on how to use 2.0 and 3.0 communication in choosing tourist destinations, and the utilization of the cultural, historical, heritage, and natural characteristics of the Northern region of Portugal for tourism promotion.


This project aimed to preserve and transmit the memories of immigrants from Eastern Europe, based on accounts of their experiences leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The project was supported by storytelling labs and screening sessions of the produced videos. CEPESE was the institution responsible for disseminating the project in Portugal and took part in organizing the European Storytelling Laboratory and the European Event on Oral History and Storytelling "You2TellEU," in collaboration with the Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani Toscana (Italy) and the St Vincent's Family Project (United Kingdom).

The Civil Governors of Bragança (1835-2011)

This project aimed to review, complete, and significantly expand the biographies of the Civil Governors of the Bragança District from its establishment in 1835 to its abolition in 2011. The objective was to understand their actions leading the District as representatives of the Lisbon Government and to trace the evolution of their functions in accordance with the regulatory framework in force at each moment. The study also explored the evolution of districts in Portugal in general, with a specific focus on the Bragança district.

The Provedores of the Misericórdia of Porto (1499-2017)

The Misericórdia of Porto is one of the most important and ancient Portuguese charity institutions. With a history of more than five centuries, it was crucial to make known its “provedores”, that is, the persons that, since 1499, were responsible for its administration, their "head", as mentioned in its original bylaws.

Portuguese Entrepreneurship in Andorra, London, Nice and Monaco

This research project aimed to identify entrepreneurship initiatives of Portuguese emigrants in Andorra, London, Nice and Monaco, assessing their insertion in local socio-economic, cultural and political contexts, and simultaneously comparing this insertion in the different territories and situations under study, and identifying their presence in the media.