Who we are

CSG – Research in Social Sciences and Management is a research unit created in 2013, through a consortium between the ADVANCE – Centre for Advanced Research in Management of ISEG, CESA – Centre for African and Development Studies, GHES – Social and Economic History Research Unit, and SOCIUS – Centre for Research in Economic and Organizational Sociology. Belongs to ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management of the University of Lisboa, an institution dedicated to teaching and research, founded in 1911.

CSG – Research in Social Sciences and Management emanates from the four research centres of ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management of Universidade de Lisboa.


ADVANCE – Centre for Advanced Research in Management of ISEG
Research centre created in 2007 to encourage and support innovative and high-quality research in Management. It aims to develop top research combining a deep theoretical basis with extensive empirical research. From the legal point of view it is a private non-profit institution, whose research team is mainly composed of ISEG professors. This Center is committed to increasing the production of scientific work to be presented at top international conferences, such as the production of scientific articles published in recognized journals. It also intends to promote regular Summer Courses and research seminars, allowing the interaction of its members with the main researchers in various fields of management. This contact enables ADVANCE researchers – many of whom are PhDs abroad – to be frequently exposed to the influence of cutting-edge research.

CESA – Centre for African and Development Studies
Research centre founded in 1983. It is a private, non-profit institution whose research team is composed of ISEG faculty, full-time researchers and faculty from other universities. It focuses on the economic, social and cultural development of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with particular emphasis on the study of the Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, China and Asia-Pacific, as well as Brazil and other countries of the ‘Mercosul’. In addition, CESA develops research on many other theoretical or applied topics related to development studies, which include globalization and economic integration. From the methodological point of view, the CESA has always sought to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of development, and a permanent interconnection between the theoretical and applied aspects of research. In addition, the centre focuses on the organization and expansion of research, through the acquisition of bibliography and databases, as well as through the exchange of publications with other research centres.

GHES – Social and Economic History Research Unit
Research centre founded in 1975. Its research team is essentially composed of ISEG faculty. It is since 2011 an autonomous unit and a private non-profit institution. The main activities of the GHES are fundamental and applied research in contemporary and modern Portuguese History, both in the European and world context, as well as support for teaching in the scientific area of history at ISEG, including the preparation of PhD theses in the field of programs in history and development. These activities are related to two main scientific areas: economic history and business history. Economic history includes research related to macroeconomic issues such as economic growth, monetary and financial history, maritime history, forestry history, the welfare state and European integration. Business history includes research related to microeconomic topics such as structure, strategy, ownership and performance of companies and other organizations, as well as the history of markets.

SOCIUS – Centre for Research in Economic and Organizational Sociology
Research centre founded in 1975. Its research team is essentially composed of ISEG faculty. It is since 2011 an autonomous unit and a private non-profit institution. The main activities of the GHES are fundamental and applied research in contemporary and modern Portuguese History, both in the European and world context, as well as support for teaching in the scientific area of history at ISEG, including the preparation of PhD theses in the field of programs in history and development. These activities are related to two main scientific areas: economic history and business history. Economic history includes research related to macroeconomic issues such as economic growth, monetary and financial history, maritime history, forestry history, the welfare state and European integration. Business history includes research related to microeconomic topics such as structure, strategy, ownership and performance of companies and other organizations, as well as the history of markets.


The purpose of this convergence is to bring together a group of researchers who share a similar conception of the study of socio-economic and organizational reality, increasing the critical mass and enhancing the complementarity of approaches.
Their investigation integrates the social and behavioral variables in the understanding of complex phenomena, whose particularity follows from the space and time in which they are located.
It is understood that the association of these researchers allows the crossing of their research conceptions, articulating them in the groups and lines of research, creating common events and generating more opportunities for joint work – in a word, allowing the scientific advance in their areas and the best dissemination and transfer of knowledge to society.

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