This research group investigates various forms of social and political attitudes and political dynamics in Brazil. It deals with the impact of social and institutional change, at the national and local levels, on the political regime, the processes of political participation and accountability, the electoral and party systems, the interplay between elites and society, and on the public policymaking. Its research agenda also includes the determinants of political support and behavior, the consequences of informal practices, such as clientelism and corruption, on the rule of law, the role of new media technologies on politics, the process of democratization and measures of transitional justice, and the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and violence, with an emphasis on the role played by the civil society.
This research group examines the mechanisms and interventions that lead (or not) to greater economic growth, focusing on three key topics: i) the impacts of welfare policies on economic growth, inclusiveness, and sustainability; ii) the relationships between labour, and both productive system and social-political systems; and iii) the effects of international cooperation and global socio-economic transitions on growth and structural change in Brazil. By focusing on the exchange between economy, society, and labour, it addresses the conditions by which individuals can participate amply in economic and social life, as well as the changes in social and labour relations thanks to the capitalization of the economy. Its research agenda also covers how global challenges such as climate change, and attempts at promoting global governance impact on the Brazilian economic growth.
This research group studies identities and social differences, particularly the formation of collective identities and the process of inclusiveness in Brazilian society. Reflections on racial, gender and ethnic inequalities based on the dialogue between political and social theories are welcomed, as well as studies on the production and diffusion of collective memory and values, and their relationship with power and culture. It also encompasses studies on religiousness, nationalism, ideologies, and the applicability of human rights to minority or marginalized groups. Finally, it addresses the connections between ideas, discourses, and agency, seeking to grasp how significant ideas and discourses arise and spread, which actors play a role in this process, and how the state and non-state actors take these ideas.
This research group focuses on discussions about ontology, epistemology, teaching and research, and their different methods, and how they are used in Brazilian studies. Moreover, it seeks to analyze the processes of production and circulation of different forms of knowledge (scientific, indigenous, empirical, theoretical) and their effects on cultural and social development. It also investigates relations between theoretical and methodological schemes and the repercussions of epistemological frameworks on the ways of thinking the social sciences. It connects the construction of analytical and interpretative models with approaches such as modernity, post-modernity, globalization, and post-colonialism. Its research agenda also entails reflections of conceptual vocabularies and logical-discursive formations, including the cognitive and social aspects of human language
This research group aims to discuss new trends in educational, scientific, and technology policies, including their impacts on the national development process. It discusses the participation of various social actors in the elaboration of these policies: the State, the productive sector, and the scientific community. It also investigates the conditions and new practices for the production of scientific and technological knowledge, considering the context of globalization, the democratization of society, the center-periphery relations, as well as their impacts on Brazilian society. Its research agenda also comprise emerging educational issues such as the diversification and evolution of higher education over time, institutional assessment, and the training of professional and scientific staff.