Message from the President

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Quality of Governance  «--» Quality of Life

Research in Social and Political Sciences is a ground for the building of more livable, sustainable and resilient communities. Such a goal is only possible through evidence-based knowledge of the ways of life, their environments, economies and governance. This evidence is what should support wise decision-making in public policy, further enhanced through consulting and advanced training.

The Centre for Public Policy and Administration (CAPP), created in 2001, emphasizes a comprehensive interdisciplinary and geographically-based vision aiming at tackling contemporary challenges through socially useful research, a hallmark at CAPP’s host institution, ISCSP– the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon. CAPP furthers in-depth knowledge of societies and cultures and supports decision making regarding the analysis, implementation and evaluation of public policies. Alongside a long tradition analyzing Portuguese realities, we centre our research in a transnational context with a particular proximity to the Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The challenges of good governance - a better life (quality of governance - quality of life), our main objective, involve a manifold stance: from research to teaching research and research dissemination; as well as consulting and services to the community. In all these avenues of action we have struggled to be a beacon of 'excellence', a mark with which we have been credited by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Nowadays, a Research Centre is, first and foremost, a platform for establishing partnerships and a research community. Therefore, thank you for visiting our site, and we hope you may find in our research lines, in our researchers and in our overall training and research offers, bridges for a better future and that together we may build it.


Paulo Castro Seixas

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President of the Executive Board of CAPP

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