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Programa de Doutoramento em Estudos de Desenvolvimento


Coordenadores 2021/2022

Prof. Doutor  FRANCISCO ANACLETO LOUÇÃ (Responsável)










Porquê no ISEG?

Applications for the Doctoral Program in Development Studies must be submitted on the ICS website


1) AACSB - only 5% of business schools in the world have this accreditation;

2) ISEG is a School of the University of Lisbon, a leading university according to the selective Shanghai ranking (ARWU);

3) ISEG is located in the heart of Lisbon, a vibrant, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan, and sunny European city;

4) ISEG belongs to UNITE! - University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering - a network that aims to foster the cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe;

5) ISEG has a large and diversified Alumni network;

6) ISEG students have high Employability;

7) ISEG's Masters' students and faculty win prizes for best case studies, best dissertation and research output, and for applied projects and competitions;

8) ISEG students benefit from a Collegiate and Open-minded atmosphere with many opportunities to interact with their peers and with professors;

9) ISEG is committed to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals SDGs for 2030;

10) ISEG has High Quality Research Centers.


PhD Programme in Development Studies


ISEG Scientific Committee

  • Francisco Louçã
  • Alexandre Abreu
  • Carlos Castel-Branco 

ICS Scientific Committee

  • Olivia Bina
  • Simone Tulumello
  • Roberto Falanga

IGOT Scientific Comittee

  • Jorge Malheiros
  • Margarida Queirós
  • Mário Vale

ISA Scientific Comittee

  • Luís Goulão
  • José Lima Santos
  • Luís Mira da Silva


The PhD in Development Studies is a 3rd cycle program of studies that aims to provide high quality training and produce original research in the area of Development Studies, a field of interdisciplinary research of the process of economic, social and political changes in modern societies.

This PhD programme was created in 2009 and accredited by the national agency A3ES in 2015. After 2017/18 this program became a joint PhD of ISEG (School of Economics and Management), ICS (Institute of Social Sciences), IGOT (Institute of Geographic and Spatial Planning) and ISA (School of Agriculture) of Universidade de Lisboa, with some changes in its content, recently approved by the national agency A3ES.

This programme is lectured in English, but it will offer tutorials both in English and in Portuguese. The PhD thesis may be written in Portuguese or in English.


What kind of themes can I study in the PhD programme?


Research themes for the PhD thesis and course units are grounded in a broad range of issues related to the development of contemporary societies and its methodological variables and analytical tools. The emphasis is on agriculture and contemporary agrarian transformation; poverty, inequality and equity issues; development  economics  and  aid  finance;  development cooperation, policy and political issues; geography and urbanization; migration and gender; security- development nexus; sustainable consumption, food production and ecosystem services; and modernity theoretical challenges to development.

These themes are explored in our PhD programme through course units related to the development of contemporary societies, including: theories of development and modernity, the policy and politics of development, sustainability transitions and a focus on urban development. As a Development Studies programme, interdisciplinary links are established between economics, sociology, geography, social and economic history, political science and law, thus providing an integrated perspective on development and sustainability issues in contemporary societies. A great attention is paid to the improvement of students´ skills on research methods and techniques required for development studies.

One of the programme orientations focuses on development issues in Portuguese- speaking contexts (Portugal, Brazil, East Timor, Portuguese-speaking African countries), given that research in these geographical areas offers a comparative advantage for participation in international research networks.


Anyone interested in obtaining advanced academic training and doing research with a view to working in jobs related to international and national development in the public sector, the private sector, or the non-profit sector. Out-going students can find employment in teaching and research posts, managerial and executive positions in international and national organisations, consultancy, training, research projects, journalism, planning, development projects, public policy planning and evaluation, and social projects and social policies.

Regime de Funcionamento

The PhD Development Studies is a three-year programme in which students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS (credits). It comprises:


-   Taught courses (60 credits ECTS);
Preparation, submission and defense of thesis (120 credits ECTS).

Courses are taught in the first year of the Programme over 2 semesters. They are:

1st semester

-   Theories of Modernity and Development (9.0 credits ECTS)
-   Development Policy and Politics (7.5 credits ECTS)
-   Research Methods in Development Studies (6.0 credits ECTS)
-   Research Seminar I (3.0 credits ECTS)
-   Research Essay (4.5 credits ECTS)

2nd semester

-   Development in Transition (9.0 credits ECTS)
Topics in Development Studies (6.0 credits ECTS)
-   Elective Modules of Research Methods (6.0 credits ECTS)
-   Research Seminar II (3.0 credits ECTS)
-   Elective Unit (6.0 credits ECTS)


The classes will run at ISEG (that coordinates the Program) and at the other Schools (ICS, IGOT and ISA) according to the scheduled activities to be announced.


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