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Thematic Lines


1.1. Innovation and Knowledge

This TL conducts research on the emergence and deployment of high-tech sectors in Portugal; the creation and diffusion of new technologies; the formation of start-ups; the innovation strategies of technology-intensive firms; the skills required for innovation; the role of new technologies in shifting to a low carbon regime; the upgrading of the Portuguese pattern of specialization; the diffusion and impact of ICT on traditional sectors; the mobility of scientists and the careers of young researchers.

There are 5 research programmes:

A. Dynamics of production and circulation of scientific knowledge;

B. Emergence and diffusion of new technologies;

C. Knowledge-intensive ecosystems in new fields;

D. Relations between innovation and creativity;

E. Labour organization, learning and firms’ innovative patterns.

1.2 Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations

The Labour TL goals are to further the theoretical and conceptual framework of wage and contractual flexibility in order to assess wage and contractual flexibility more precisely and reassess the labour market segmentation hypotheses; to improve knowledge about the perception and practices of employers regarding wage and contractual regulations; to analyze the impact of wage and contractual regulations on employment and the working conditions of young and older people, migrants and temporary workers; to examine the extent to which labour market institutions protect temporary workers; and to study the way in which vulnerable workers engage in collective action.

4 research programmes are defined in the scope of this Thematic Line for the period.

A. Firms and human resources policies;

B. Quality of work and working conditions;

C. Labour market institutions;

D. Labour market segmentation.


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