Ana Cristina Santos


With a background in Sociology and a PhD in Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK, Ana Cristina Santos works as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Over the years she has coordinated a number of research projects on LGBTQI+, gender, dissident bodies, intimate citizenship and human rights. Between 2014 and 2019, she was awarded a Research Grant by the European Research Council to lead the cross-national study INTIMATE - Citizenship, Care and Choice: The micropolitics of intimacy in Southern Europe ( She is currently the PI in Portugal of two international projects: CILIA LGBTQI+ Lives, funded by the European Agency NORFACE, and Diversity and Childhood, funded by the European Commission (2019-2021). Vice-chair of the European Sociological Association Sexuality RN in 2012-2016, since 2013 she is also Co-Director of the PhD Program Human Rights in Contemporary Societies. Significant publications include Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies, and Practical Applications (Routledge, 2017, with A. King and I. Crowhurst), as well as the Special Issue "Trans* Policy and Practice" of Critical Social Policy (2018, vol 38, n.1, with S. Hines, Z. Davy, S. Monro, J. Motmans, and J. Van Der Ros). Her most recent book is The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities (forthcoming, 2 volumes, coedited 2020).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Ana Cristina (2020), "Strategic identity and self-determination within the LGBTQI+ framework", Discover Society, DS77

Article in Scientific journal

Gusmano, Beatrice; Santos, Ana Cristina; Pérez Navarro, Pablo (2019), "Polyamories in Southern Europe: Critical perspectives. An introduction", Sociological Research Online, 24, 4, 617-624

Book Chapter

Ana Cristina Santos; Pieri, Mara (2019), My body, my rules? Self-determination and feminist collective action in Southern Europe, in Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Ramon A. Feenstra (org.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements : Protest in Turbulent Times. London: Taylor & Francis, 196-209