Romana Xerez and Jaime Fonseca have a new article on Análise Social

Romana Xerez and Jaime Fonseca have a new paper on Análise Social, where they address “Social capital and neighborhood networks in cities: the case of  the  Alvalade  neighborhood”.

In this new publication, the authors discuss the concept of social capital from the perspective on social network analysis, and show the results of an empirical research carried out in the Alvalade neighborhood in which the concept was operationalized. The research uses qualitative data from ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, as well as quantitative data from surveys.

The research underlines the importance of social capital and the construction of neighborhood networks in urban context. These networks differ according to age, gender, habilitations and family size. The authors conclude that the maintenance and valorization of neighborhood networks, both in cities and communities, are an important scientific evidence for the development of public policy.

Romana Xerez is a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies and the Vice President for Research at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences. She coordinated several CAPP research projects on housing, such as “Housing: One Hundred years of Public Policies in Portugal, 1918-2018”, supported by Instituto da Habitação e da Reabilitação Urbana and “Homeownership in Portugal in an Intergenerational Perspective”, with funds from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Jaime Fonseca is a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies and an Assistant Professor with Aggregation at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences. He has a PhD in Quantitative Methods, Statistics and Data Analysis, and publishes frequently in specialized journals.

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