Seeds of inclusion: diversity and social justice

Building on a long and solid tradition of CIS in the study of psychological processes triggering social discrimination, injustice and exclusion at the interpersonal, intergroup and societal level, this area of research has as its focal target, the factors that contribute to social inclusion, innovation and reflection in society.

More specifically our research seeks to:

1  Advance and integrate our knowledge on fundamental psychological processes underlying social inequalities and discrimination, but also on empowerment and intergroup cooperation taking place in different domains, contexts, and with individuals at different life-stages.  

2 – Strengthen the relationship between fundamental research on inclusion, diversity, and justice and applied research and intervention. Researchers will be involved, for example, in the promotion of individual and cultural diversity competences among health professionals (e.g. by training of clinicians through graduate and professional training of individual and cultural diversity competences); they will actively work on designing interventions to reduce ageism in children and developing guidelines to help the creation and implementation of anti-discrimination laws and regulations from an EU and country-level perspective.


The project C4i-Communication for Integration is a European project that aimed to tackle and “deconstruct” prejudices, rumours and stereotypes about immigration and immigrants in 11 European cities, including Amadora. The project began in 2014 and ended in March 2015.

PI Alexandre, J., TL members Miriam Rosa, Carla Moleiro, Elizabeth Collins & Rita Guerra

The project “Inclusão e sucesso académico de crianças e jovens imigrantes: O papel das dinâmicas de aculturação” was funded by FEINPT and aimed to look at acculturation as a psychological process that accounts for the impact of contextual (e.g. school climate of integration) and psychosocial (e.g. perceived discrimination) variables on immigrant children school achievement and well being. The project began in October 2014 and ended in June 2015.

PI Rita Guerra and Ricardo Rodrigues, TL members – Joana Alexandre

Young Research Training

Masters Theses

Andreia Antunes - "Serei velho demais para trabalhar? As consequências do idadismo flagrante e do idadismo subtil face aos trabalhadores mais velhos"(Supervision: Sibila Marques & Miguel Ramos)

Lara Kahrel - "A idade importa? Percepções das crianças face a pessoas jovens e idosas" (Supervision: Sibila Marques & Ricardo Rodirgues)

Rosangela Silva – “O papel da indispensabilidade no bem-estar subjectivo de idosos.” (Supervision: Melanie Vauclair & Rita Guerra)

Maria Inês da Luz – “Envia-me um Emoji, dir-te-ei como és: Utilização de Emojis Étnicos na Comunicação Mediada por Computador” (Supervision: Marília Prada & Rita Guerra)

Coordinator: Rita Guerra 


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