The scientific activity of CES-Associate Laboratory is governed by eight major strategic orientations:
- To foster innovative epistemologies and methodologies, contributing to the development of critical thinking and to the development of tools of critical analysis of society;
- To stimulate an ecology of knowledges, recognizing cultural diversity and articulating scientific knowledge with knowledge produced by citizens and social movements in all parts of the world, at all levels of analysis – local, national, regional, international and global;
- To strengthen international cooperation with diverse organisations in different regions of the world;
- To strengthen relations with the Global South, focusing on shared knowledge, mutual recognition and intercultural understanding. Within this strategy, the Portuguese-speaking countries are key to foster North-South and South-South dialogues;
- To stimulate science in society and for society, widening citizens’ and civil society’s engagement with scientific culture and reenergising human rights for social groups under oppression, discrimination and exclusion;
- To promote thematic PhD Programmes and advanced training activities at the cutting edge of the most pressing challenges for science;
- To promote research on culture and the arts and a critical consideration of the past as means as a means of advancing new ways of reflection and self-reflection on science, knowledge and society;
- To support the elaboration of public policies through the development of applied research in a wide range of areas impacting on the well-being of societies.
These major strategic lines are developed within a framework of four thematic areas which make up the structure underlying the organising and integrating of the scientific activities of the Centre for Social Studies-Associate Laboratory.