Ana Cristina Santos


With a background in Sociology and a PhD in Gender Studies, Ana Cristina Santos is Principal Researcher with Habilitation at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES-UC). At CES-UC she is Chair of the Democracy, Justice and Human Rights Research Group and co-Director of the Sexualities Research Group - GPS. She published extensively and coordinated a number of research projects on LGBTQI+ issues, dissident embodiment, intimate citizenship and queer ageing, including two European Research Council Grant Awards. She currently leads two research projects: REMEMBER, funded by FCT; and TRACE, funded by the ERC, centred on the ageing of LGBTQ+ people in Southern Europe. In 2021, she was elected for the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association until 2024. Her most recent books are The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities (Sage, 2020); The Tenacity of the Couple Norm (UCL Press, Open Access, 2020); and LGBTQ+ Intimacies in Southern Europe: Citizenship, Care and Choice (Palgrave, Open Access, 2022).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Ana Cristina (2023), "Queering Close Relationships in Contemporary Estonia", lambda nordica, 28, 1, 130-132

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Ana Cristina (2023), "Ageing with a twist: Intimacy and care amongst LGB older adults in Portugal", Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 20, 3, 171-184

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Langarita, Jose Antonio; Santos, Ana Cristina; Montenegro, Marisela; Urek, Mojca (orgs.) (2023), Child-Friendly Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Diversity Beyond Adultcentrism. Routledge