Ana Cristina Santos


With a background in Sociology and a PhD in Gender Studies (University of Leeds, UK), Ana Cristina Santos is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES-UC). At CES-UC she is Director of the PhD Programme Human Rights in Contemporary Societies and Chair of the Democracy, Justice and Human Rights Thematic Line. She published extensively and coordinated a number of research projects on LGBTQI+, gender, dissident embodiment, intimate citizenship and human rights, including a European Research Council Grant Award (2014-2019). She is currently leading two new research projects: Colourful Childhoods, funded by the European Commission (ref. n. 101049251, CERV-2021-DAPHNE), and REMEMBER, funded by FCT and focusing on experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults (ref. n. PTDC/SOC-ASO/4911/2021). After acting as Vice-chair of the European Sociological Association Sexuality RN(2012-2016), Vice-President of CES Scientific Board (2013-2016) and President of CES Ethics Committee (2017-2020), in 2021 she was elected for the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association. Significant publications include Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies, and Practical Applications (Routledge, 2017, with A. King and I. Crowhurst). Her most recent books are The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities (2020) and The Tenacity of the Couple Norm (UCL, Open Access, 2020).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Ana Cristina (2023), "Queering Close Relationships in Contemporary Estonia", lambda nordica, 28, 1, 130-132

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Ana Cristina (2023), "Ageing with a twist: Intimacy and care amongst LGB older adults in Portugal", Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 20, 3, 171-184

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Langarita, Jose Antonio; Santos, Ana Cristina; Montenegro, Marisela; Urek, Mojca (orgs.) (2023), Child-Friendly Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Diversity Beyond Adultcentrism. Routledge