The Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA) is a scientific Research Unit (RU) with an interdisciplinary character in the field of Social Sciences. Its head office is located at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNOVA). CICS-UMinho aims at promoting fundamental and applied knowledge and research in the domain of Social Sciences.
CICS.NOVA mission is to undertake high quality and innovative interdisciplinary research for critical thinking in social sciences and policy-making. Accordingly, it is given equal importance to fundamental and applied research from an interdisciplinary perspective, taking into account the complexity of territorial systems and human behavior, the particularity of the functioning of institutions and the relationship with the surrounding spatial and social context.
CICS.NOVA aims to consolidate and expand its recognition as an international reference in the scientific knowledge production, from an interdisciplinary approach to a more efficient response to complex challenges. The strong interdisciplinary strategy connects and enhances the knowledge in Sociology and Geography, as nuclear areas, and other Social Sciences, but also in Environmental and Natural Sciences, in its fundamental and applied components. CICS.NOVA also encourages the pursuit of new ways to develop, innovate and communicate science and social knowledge, as well as to contribute to efficient policy and decision-making.
The first years of activities revealed the existence of points of convergence between the different Research Groups, CICS.NOVA’s core work structure, and different Regional Poles, which led to the identification of two thematic lines: Human Development and Sustainability / Innovations and Territorial Competitiveness. The aim is to increase the opportunities for cooperation between researchers, namely those belonging to different research groups, and to develop transversal research interests; to enable the launching of innovative and experimental approaches; to satisfy the needs of researchers with several scientific interests; to stimulate closer connections with public policies, business firms, other organizations and individual actors.
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