Research Networks

Active Social Policies Network (ASPEN)

is a group of social scientific researchers from various European countries. The network members are engaged in research projects related to the development of ‘active’ welfare states and the introduction of active social policies and activation programmes in Europe.

Advanced Thematic Network in European Women’s Studies (ATHENA)

has brought together more than 100 institutes in the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies. The aim has been to unite scholars, teachers, and stakeholders from civil society and public institutions in the field of gender and diversity.

Asociación Española de Investigación para la Paz (AIPAZ)

constitutes a network of associated research centres in the field of violence and peace studies. CES participates through its Peace Studies Group.

Beyond Our Backyards

Beyond Our Backyards is a network for agroecological learning, action and research developed under the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Project "Farming the Future".

Brazil-Portugal Urban Studies Network

is an international network funded by the Brazilian Council for Technological and Scientific Development, bringing together eight universities in Brazil and Portugal. The network is coordinated by the University of Sergipe and by the University of Coimbra.

Centro Internacional de Investigación e Información sobre la Economía Pública, Social y Cooperativa (CIRIEC)

is a scientific International non-governmental organization, working on political, economic and social issues that affect public interest. It’s international sector gathers members from 16 different countries.

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

established in 1967 is a non-governmental institution that brings together a hundred and ninety five research centres, as well as graduate and postgraduate programmes in the social sciences in twenty two countries.

Conselho de Representantes da Sociedade Civil

é um órgão consultivo, para o reforço da dimensão de participação no Plano Estratégico de Habitação do município de Coimbra.

Conselho Local de Acção Social de Coimbra (CLAS/C)

Local Council for Social Affairs brings together 161 institutions and organizations with the goal of promoting a civic awareness about social problems, and find local solutions.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

established in 1973 as an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, broadly defined. It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent.

Emergence of Social Enterprises in Europe (EMES)

EMES is a research network of established university research centres and individual researchers whose goal has been so far to gradually build up a European corpus of theoretical and empirical knowledge, pluralistic in disciplines and methodologies, around our “SE” concepts: social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social economy and solidarity economy.

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

is an independent, scholarly association, established in 1970. It supports and encourages the training, research and cross-national co-operation of political scientists throughout Europe and beyond. The ECPR currently has approximately 325 European institutional members and associate members in over 40 countries.

European Consumer Debt Network

é uma rede da sociedade civil, financiada pela Comissão Europeia, com base nas experiências e atividades de atores chave na luta contra o sobre-endividamento e a exclusão financeira na Europa. Algumas das instituições colaboradoras são serviços de consultadoria de dívidas, organizações educacionais, agências de consumo, centros de investigação, etc.

European Neuroscience and Society Network (BIOS)

was created to foster multi-disciplinary engagement with developments in neuroscience, biopsychiatry, and psychopharmacology, drawing on the perspectives of scholars from the fields of sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, history, legal studies and medicine.

European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

works since 1999 actively to promote the study of environmental history in all academic disciplines.


an independent network of, and portal for, European cultural journals, founded by a group of journals, among which is the Centre’s Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais. The network now includes over 50 journals and institutions from almost every European country. The editor of Revista Crítica is a member of the Editorial Board of Eurozine

Expert Group on Gender, Social Inclusion and Employment (EGGSIE)

is a network of experts in the fields of employment, social inclusion and gender equality issues. It comprises 30 national experts (26 European Union member-states plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Romania) plus a coordinating team.


a Thematic Network on Humanitarian Development Studies, funded by the European Commission, brings together 91 universities, five research centres and nine NGOs and has as its main goal the development of a better understanding of the nature and causes of humanitarian crises as well as providing better training for those dealing with them. CES participates in the Peace and Conflict Studies Work Group through its Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution and its Peace Studies Research Group.

Initiative for Peacebuilding (IfP)

is a consortium led by International Alert and funded by the European Commission. IfP draws together the complementary geographic and thematic expertise of 10 civil society organisations (and their networks) with offices across the EU and in conflict-affected countries. Its aim is to develop and harness international knowledge and expertise in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding to ensure that all stakeholders, including EU institutions, can access strong independent analysis in order to facilitate better informed and more evidence-based policy decisions.