Social Sciences and Humanities

Social Sciences and Humanities


The creation of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Line aims to promote research and understanding of social reality through the study of human behaviour and, consequently, the organisation and evolution of society.

This line of research is multidisciplinary and transversal in nature, as it encompasses research in the areas of Communication Sciences, Language Sciences, Languages, Literature and Culture, History, Art History, Museology, Sociology, Gender Studies, Heritage, Geography and Territorial Planning, Law and Education Sciences.

The aim of this line of research is to promote the study of Social Sciences and Humanities, contributing to excellent teaching by including Education Sciences as a research area.

The coordinator of this Line of Research is PhD Eduardo Alves.



Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Law Department at ISAL. He is an Integrated Researcher at the Research Centre for Regional and Local Studies at the University of Madeira and at ISAL’s Research Centre. He holds a PhD in Labour Law (specialisation in legal school models). He has a postgraduate degree in European Studies and a law degree. He has a “Diploma of Advanced Studies” and a CAGEP – Advanced Course in Public Management. He is accredited as a trainer in his training areas by the Ministry of Education’s Scientific Council for Continuing Education and holds a Certificate of Pedagogical Competence from the Institute for Qualification, IP, RAM. He is a permanent member of the Scientific Council of legal journals.

Head of the Office of the Regional Secretary for Education and Culture (2000/2011). Columnist for JM-Madeira and A Pátria. He has published scientific work in his field.


The creation of the Research Line in Social Sciences and Humanities has as its mission the comprehensive and multidisciplinary study of the functioning and transformation of societies in the most diverse spheres.


This line of research aims to:

  • Expand the scope of the study areas of CI-ISAL’s current research lines;
  • Encourage research in the aforementioned areas;
  • Contribute to a broader understanding of the functioning of society and human behaviour, in order to understand (and rethink) tourist behaviour;
  • Investigate new forms of communication and new media;
  • Contribute to excellence in higher education;
  • Understand the new challenges of today’s global society through the study of Sociology and Gender Studies;
  • Contribute to the appreciation and preservation of a society’s heritage.