Why CES?

Students arriving in Coimbra will find the truly cosmopolitan atmosphere of a research centre with international projection, where the diversity of interests and approaches are continuously encouraged. CES researchers have an extensive experience in different fields and countries and CES doctoral students are developing research projects embracing all continents. The doctoral programmes are organized in a flexible way, offering a shared environment for a deeper scientific reflection, whilst being open to proposals that are in line with the students’ objectives, based on their own research profile and interests.

Within the framework of the 4 years of the programme, the teaching staff makes efforts to integrate the doctoral students in the diverse ongoing projects at CES and at UFMG, therefore contributing to the definition of the studies and of the fieldwork, participating in the elaboration of intermediate and final reports, as well as in the publications or in the audio-visual materials presented by the projects. It has also been standard practice of the programme to periodically offer short-term scholarships for specific work related to the different projects.

Socially and culturally diverse, CES also benefits from its stand as a multidisciplinary space within the social sciences and the humanities, where students can attend lectures, conferences and seminars in the different areas of knowledge. Students can also actively participate in the activities developed by the various CES research groups. Students can also contribute to the development of research projects to be implemented in the permanent CES structures, which analyse issues that are relevant for the changes in democracy, such as the Observatory on Participation, Innovation and Local Government (PEOPLES’), based in CES-Coimbra, and the UFMG Justice Observatory in Brazil.

As in previous editions, students can participate and get directly involved in the organization of seminars and events and in international networks – such as the “Participedia” meetings and the “Global Platform for the Right to the City”, the “Turin Biennial of Democracy” or the “Biennial of Public Space “in Rome – through visits organised by the Programme’s coordination. 

Adding to CES diversity and openness, there is a welcoming and support atmosphere from the academic staff. The coordination is permanently in dialogue with its students and is open to welcome new proposals and requests to increase the involvement in other co-organized activities by students, teaching staff and other organisations. Every student receives individual attention, training and guidance from experienced lecturers, also benefiting from the availability of the whole CES research team. Once hosted by CES and by FEUC, the doctoral programme students will have access to all kind of academic, scientific and logistic support from both the institutions.