João Arriscado Nunes



João Arriscado Nunes is Full Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, of which he was Executive Director (1998-2000). He is co-coordinator of the Doctoral Program "Governance, Knowledge and Innovation) and a member of the Advisory Council of the Portuguese Sociological Association. He was a member of the coordinating team of the project ALICE - Strange Mirrors, Unexpected Lessons, directed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos and funded by the European Research Council (2011-2016). In 2011-2012, he was Visiting Researcher at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research interests include social studies of science and technology (namely social studies of biomedicine, health and the life sciences and public engagement with science and technology), political sociology (democracy and participation), Human Rights and social theory. He is the co-editor of  Enteados de Galileu: A Semiperiferia no Sistema Mundial da Ciência (Porto: Afrontamento, 2001, with Maria Eduarda Gonçalves); Reinventing Democracy: Grassroots Movements in Portugal (London: Routledge, 2006, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos), The Dynamics of Patient Organizations in Europe (Paris: Presses de l'École des Mines, with Madeleine Akrich, Florence Patterson and Vololona Rabeharisoa); Objectos Impuros: Experiências em Estudos Sobre a Ciência (Porto: Afrontamento, 2008, with Ricardo Roque). Recently, he was Principal Investigator of the projects "Science Engaging Society: Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Publics" (BIOSENSE) and "Evaluating the State of Public Knowledge on Health and Health Information in Portugal" (Harvard Medical School - Portugal Program), both funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. He was a participant in other national and international research projects (as a coordinator of the Portuguese teams), including "European Patient Organizations in the Knowledge Society" - EPOKS"; "Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies - DEEPEN"; "Researching Inequality through Science and Technology - ResIST", "Governance, Health and Medicine. Opening Dialogue between Social Scientists and Users - MEDUSE", all funded by the European Commission, as well as a member of the Steering Committees of the networks European Neuroscience and Society Network - European Science Foundation and Public Health Genomics European Network - PHGEN (EC). He acted as the coordinator of the Portuguese team of the international project "Reinventing Social Emancipation", directed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos and funded by the MacArthur and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundations.

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Guimarães, Maria Beatriz; Nunes, João Arriscado; Velloso, Marta; Bezerra, Adriana; Sousa, Islândia Maria de (2020), "As práticas integrativas e complementares no campo da saúde: para uma descolonização dos saberes e práticas", Saúde e Sociedade, 29, 1

Book Chapter

Brás, Oriana Rainho; Freitas, Carlos Machado de; Arriscado Nunes, João (2020), Community DOTS and beyond: Tackling the collective processes that (re)produce tuberculosis in Rio de Janeiro, in Helen MacDonald e Ian Harper (org.), Understanding Tuberculosis and its Control: Anthropological and Ethnographic Approaches. London & New York: Routledge, 126-148

Article in Scientific journal

Quevedo, Josemari; Carvalho, António; Fonseca, Paulo; Nunes, João Arriscado (2019), "Ciência, tecnologias emergentes e sociedade : o caso dos debates sobre nanotecnologias em Portugal", Forum Sociológico, 35, 73-81