Ana Cristina Santos


With a background in Sociology and a PhD in Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK, Ana Cristina Santos works as a Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Over the years she has coordinated a number of research projects and published extensively on LGBTQI+, gender, dissident bodies, intimate citizenship and human rights. In 2014-2019 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(2012-2016), Vice-President of CES Scientific Board (2013-2016) and President of CES Ethics Committee (2017-2020), since 2013 she is 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). Her most recent book is The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities (forthcoming, 2 volumes, coedited 2020).

Latest Publications


Davy, Zowie; Santos, Ana Cristina; Bertone, Chiara; Thoreson, Ryan; Wieringa, Saskia E. (orgs.) (2020), The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities. Sage

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