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Integrated Researcher

Helena Lopes

research interests

Labor economics, economics and interpersonal relations, quality of work, theory of the firm

Short Bio

Helena Lopes completed her PhD in economics at Université Paris I - Sorbonne. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and senior researcher at DINÂMIA’CET-IUL. She has coordinated several interdisciplinary projects for national and international public bodies, including projects financed by the European Union Framework Programmes. She has papers published in several international economics journals, including Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Institutional Economics, Economic and Industrial Democracy, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Review of Social Economy.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Contribute to the renewal of economic theory: - in labor economics, to substantiate in analytical and empirical terms the existence of a great diversity of motivations at work, the importance of quality of work and the positive and negative consequences of work for workers and society, - in company economics, to justify, in analytical terms, the need for renewal of forms of corporate governance. To contribute to the formulation of normative recommendations aimed at improving the regulation of the employment law and corporate law.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:


Insertion into the "institutionalist" current of economic science, consistent with the Center's scientific identity; which recognizes and advocates the need for institutional regulation of economic and social activity. - Contribute to formulate recommendations, based on empirical and analytical terms, on the most appropriate forms of institutional regulation, in Portugal and at EU level, consistent with the D'C-IUL normative positioning.

Main publications

Lopes, Helena; Teresa Calapez e Sérgio Lagoa (2014): "Work autonomy, work pressure and job satisfaction: An analysis of EU countries", Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25(2): 306-326.

Lopes, Helena, Sérgio Lagoa e Teresa Calapez (2014): “Declining autonomy at work in the EU and its effect on civic behaviour”, Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol. 35(2): 341-366.

Lopes, Helena e Teresa Calapez (2012): “The relational dimension of identity - Theoretical and empirical exploration”, Review of Social Economy, Vol. LXX(1): 81-107.

Lopes, Helena (2011): “Why do people work? Individual wants vs common goods”, Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 45(1): 57-74.

Lopes, Helena, Santos Ana, Teles, Nuno (2009): «The motives for cooperation in work organizations», Journal of Institutional Economics, Vol. 5(3): 315-338.

Main projects

Coordenadora dO projeto «NORMEC – The Normative Dimensions of Action and Order» (2001-2004), financiado pelo 5º Programa-Quadro da União Europeia, com José Maria Castro Caldas como coordenador-adjunto.

Membro do Comité Executivo da “Network of Excellence DIME – Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe” (2004-2011), Rede de Excelência financiada pelo 6º Programa-Quadro da UE, coordenada por Bart Verspagen e Patrick Llerena.

Membro do projeto L’entreprise - formes de propriété et responsabilités sociales (2012/…),coordenada por Olivier Favereau, Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre La Défense (EconomiX, umr CNRS 7166), e Baudoin Roger, Collège des Bernardins.

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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