The profile of the portuguese anthropologist

Project Title
The profile of the portuguese anthropologist

Start and End of Project
2015 - 2016

Chief Investigator
Prof. Marina Pignatelli

Research Team

Researcher Name Institutional Afiliation
Marina Pignatelli  CRIA/CAPP-ISCSP, ULisboa
Antónia Pedroso Lima  CRIA
Marta Rosales  ICS – FCSH, UNL
João Vasconcelos  ICS
Fernando Florêncio   U Coimbra
Filipe Reis  CRIA / ISCTE, UL
Paulo Raposo  CRIA / ISCTE, UL
Humberto Martins  UTAD
Manuela Ivone Cunha  CRIA / U Minho
Filomena Silvano  FCSH, UNL
Ana Luísa Micaelo  APA


Country Institution
Portugal Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia
Portugal Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas 
Portugal Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa – Instituto Universitário (ISCTE)
Portugal Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNL)
Portugal Universidade do Minho (UMinho)
Portugal Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
Portugal Universidade de Coimbra 
Portugal Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA)
Portugal Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS)


Name Institutional Afiliation
Susana Matos Viegas ICS
José Manuel Cavaleiro Rodrigues ISCS



The Portuguese Anthropological Association, in collaboration with other scientific and technical organizations, research centers and university departments, namelly the Administration and Public Policies Center is preparing a study on the situation of anthropologists in Portugal, regarding their research activities and career paths.

This study not only aims at establishing a baseline of knowledge on the anthropology that is practiced in Portugal, but also aims at collecting data that can be used for defining job profiles, serving as a framework and crossing with the evaluations carried out by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, to support the reflections and revisions of academic curricula and the creation of new curricula and training in anthropology.

The project includes not only a survey addressed to all members of the anthropological community in the country (graduates, researchers, teachers), but also data recollection on research in anthropology, the presence of the discipline in higher education and training institutions and employers the situation of university courses in anthropology at present. The first results of this investigation are expected to be disclosed and discussed in the next APA Congress in 2016.

The lack of systematized and updated data about the reality concerning the anthropologists in Portugal has hampered efforts and initiatives that have sought to develop for better visibility and affirmation of anthropology.