Research Groups

People, Markets and Policies
People, Markets and Policies

Keywords: Formal and informal economies Political and social economy Population, Welfare

The GI investigates the interactions between population, economy and society, and the relevance of policies and institutions in the study of human behavior in different historical periods and geographical areas. Through transdisciplinary research that examines the structure and well-being of populations, daily life, individual and family trajectories, mobility, commercial and business practices, socio-economic agents, politics, diplomacy, international relations and legislative and legal practices, the IG aims to contribute to understanding the elements that have shaped the trajectory of societies. At the heart of this research is the fundamental question: how do people, markets and policies interact to influence social outcomes? By investigating this complex interaction, the IG promotes understanding of past and present societies and provides input for educators, social and economic agents and policy-makers.

The IM works within the framework of the strategic plan, fostering collaboration with internal and external researchers. The main activities include: archival and library research – employing primary and secondary sources from Portuguese and international institutions to analyze population/economy/society interactions in historical and geographical contexts; data infrastructure – supporting the development of databases and advanced analytical tools to facilitate efficient data management and interpretation; knowledge dissemination – encouraging publication in indexed peer-reviewed journals, both in print and open access formats, to maximize the reach and impact of research results; funding – providing guidance and support in drawing up competitive funding applications to secure resources for ambitious research projects; knowledge exchange – holding seminars and conferences for researchers and PhD students, and participating in national and international networks, to stimulate intellectual discourse and promote collaborative research.