Development, Globalization and Institutional Changes

This is a field which covers all the research undertaken in development and international cooperation, taking in globalisation and institutional change. This integration in a broad area of development studies also allows for a closer relationship with teaching in ISEG, particularly through the Master’s in Development and International Cooperation and the Doctorate in Development Studies.

The research programme in this area relates to five main fields: (i) the theoretical and applied analysis of problems stemming from economic growth and development; (ii) studies on specific themes such as structural change, the financing of development, governance and public policies, poverty and social exclusion and so on; (iii) studies on the current situation regarding Portuguese cooperation in the light of international debates on the topic and the role of various public actors and actors from civil society; (iv) the fourth field focuses on the institutional side of development, specifically the problem of the State and the markets, institutions individuals and organisations and the processes of institutional change; and v) a fifth field, which includes specific studies and comparative analysis of the processes of economic and social development, with specific reference to China and Western Asia, Timor, and the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa, Brazil and Latin America.

Since 2009, the FCT has been financing the project “The Portuguese Development Assistance Clusters tool in theory and in practice: cases of point from Mozambique, East Timor, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Angola” (PTDC/AFR/111680/2009), where the following researchers are involved: Carlos Sangreman, Carlos Lopes and Teresa Coelho, from CESA/ISEG, and Ana Bénard da Costa and Gehard Siebert, from CEA/ISCTE).