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Death of Professor Manuela Silva

It is with regret that I write to inform that Professor Manuela Silva passed away yesterday, the 7th of October.

ISEG herewith pays tribute to her, publicly acknowledging her special distinction as our student, visiting lecturer, chair of the Pedagogical Board, director of the Journal of Economics Studies, founding member of CISEP, and also Doctor Honoris Causa at what was then the then Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. As well as holding important public positions, it is worth mentioning her rich civic contribution, such as being the Chair of the National Justice and Peace Commission and her pioneering work in the study of poverty and inequality in Portugal.

I asked Prof. Carlos Farinha Rodrigues, to whom I express my thanks, to kindly submit a brief tribute to Professor Manuela Silva, which is fully transcribed at the end of this informative note.


The funeral mass for Professor Manuela Silva will take place on Tuesday, 8
th of October, at the end of the afternoon, at the Igreja da Ressurreição church in Cascais. The burial will take place on Wednesday, 9t
h of October, at 14:00.


On behalf of ISEG, I extend my condolences to Professor Manuela Silva's family. ISEG has also suffered a significant loss today.

The Dean of ISEG, Professor Clara Raposo
, PhD



"Manuela Silva – a brief biography"


Manuela Silva first degree was in Economics from ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa. She was a visiting professor at ISEG and was awarded the Infante D. Henrique Grand Cross by President Jorge Sampaio in 2000. In 2013, she received an honorary PhD from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.

Throughout her life, she held various positions in the Public Administration and was Secretary of State for Planning in the First Constitutional Government (1976-77). She was a member of a various specialised groups within the EU, the Council of Europe, and the ILO.

Manuela Silva was Chair of the International Movement of Catholic Intellectuals, Chair of the National Justice and Peace Commission, a founder and lifetime Chair of the Bethany Foundation, and coordinated the GHES (The Economic and Social History Research Group).

She pioneered the study of community development in Portugal and also the study of inequality and poverty. She coordination the first scientific studies on poverty to be carried out in Portugal – in the 1980s. She has published several books and studies on the economy and society in Portugal over her career, in which she always revealed a strong concern regarding the problems of poverty, inequalities, social injustice, and the various forms of poverty and social exclusion.

At ISEG, in conjunction with an intense teaching activity, she held several positions, namely: Chair of the Pedagogical Board from 1982 to 1985; Director of ISEG’s Journal of Economics Studies from 1982 to 1989, and; she was a founding member and member of the first Steering Committee of the Portuguese Centre for Economic Research (CISEP). She was also responsible for the creation of the Masters degree in Economics and Social Policy in the early 1990s.

The legacy of Manuela Silva's intervention as an economist, university professor, and a Catholic who was deeply affected by the social doctrine of the Church profoundly marked ISEG, its students, and her colleagues. Her vision of the concept of an economy based on serving the people, as well as the need for sustained and inclusive socio-economic development remains one of the pillars of ISEG's mission and, in particular, its educational syllabus.

Carlos Farinha Rodrigues

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