Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social


CESIS is a non profit independent organisation of researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds concerned to promote evidence-based, policy-relevant research at both national and European level.

Founded in 1992 it's working experience dates back from 1986 when its first publications on poverty played a major role in launching this line of research in the scientific community in Portugal and at the same time, by giving a major contribution to public and political awareness of the phenomena of impoverishment in the Portuguese society.

Since then CESIS' activities have tried to deepen and enlarge this scope of research through the dissemination of results aiming at its wider and better use; a direct action in promoting an evidence-based definition of efficient policies for eradicating processes of social marginalization/exclusion; an increased visibility of the needs and expectations of marginalized and excluded people.

CESIS activity is based on a multi-disciplinary approach with the regular co-operation of researchers from the different areas of the social sciences: sociology, economy, psychology, anthropology, social work.