Cláudia Pato de Carvalho


Cláudia Pato Carvalho is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (UC), developing research projects in the areas of community participation, cultural mapping, community co-creation and urban intervention. She integrates the Research Line 5. Urban Cultures, Sociabilities and Participation. Cláudia completed her PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in Sociology of Culture, Knowledge and Communication, at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the Center for Reflective Community Practice, now Community Innovators Lab (CoLab, MIT, USA). She academically coordinates REDE ARTÉRIA project (CENTRO-07-2114-FEDER-000022, Portugal 2020), a Teatrão-CES partnership ( REDE ARTÉRIA is an action research project, coordinated by the theater company O Teatrão, which aims to develop a network of cultural programming in the Centro Region (Portugal) and the creation of artistic intervention projects in eight cities in this Region (Coimbra, Figueira da Foz, Viseu, Tábua, Fundão, Guarda, Belmonte and Ourém). Between 2010 and 2018, within the context of the Teatrão Educational Service, she developed a European network in the field of artistic education in contexts of social exclusion, with several projects approved under the Youth in Action Program and ERASMUS+. She is a member of the CES research team of the CREATOUR project: Developing Creative Tourism Destinations in Small Cities and Rural Areas ( and a member of the CREATOUR Observatory (Observatory of culture and tourism for local development, https:/ / She is part of the CES team of the H2020 UNCHARTED project: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture (2020-2024), coordinated by the University of Barcelona. She integrates the CES coordinating team for IN SITU: Place-based innovation of cultural and creative industries in non-urban areas She is a guest assistant teacher at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra where she teaches the subjects of Applied Sociology (Bachelor in Sociology) and Critical Intercultural Dialogue (Master in Sociology).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Fontes, Fernando; Carvalho, Cláudia Pato de; Margarido, Susete (2023), "As possibilidades mediadoras da arte: um estudo de caso sobre experiência artística e participação teatral de pessoas com deficiência visual", Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais, 10, 1

Book Chapter

Carvalho, Cláudia Pato de (2023), Governança cultural participativa: prática artística e investigação, in Diana West (org.), O Público Vai Ao Teatro - Encontros sobre governança cultural participativa. Teatro Meia Volta E Depois À Esquerda Quando

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Article in Scientific journal

Abreu, Paula; Audemard, Julien; Carvalho, Cláudia Pato de; Dedieu, Claire; Dupin-Meynard, Félix; Nancy, Duxbury; Négrier, Emmanuel; Silva, Sivia; Zúñiga, Sébastian (2023), "Valuing by doing? Competing values of cultural participation in live arts and culture", Journal of Cultural Economy, Special issue on Configurations of values in the cultural sphere: a pragmatist perspective