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Integrating Thematic Lines

GENERAL introduction

The Integrating Thematic Lines (ITL) of DINÂMIA’CET_Iscte are conceived of as an organizational instrument serving the development of advanced research on social change. They are based on a differentiated conceptual network attempting to grasp the plurality of dynamics intermingled in concrete processes of social change. Their ambition is both to better understand such processes and to supply knowledge likely to be mobilized in the efforts of controlling or reorienting them. Thereby this initiative aims to boost interdisciplinary research on sustainable transitions, in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Interdisciplinary collaborations from the different fields of research of the three Research Groups of DINÂMI’CET_Iscte should enable us to unpack the meaning and significance of notions such as creativity, participation, empowerment, innovation, regulation, governance, complexity, and sustainability, in order to develop strategies able to investigate them critically and, at the same time, to graft research activities onto the social field by enacting collective strategies able promote these very processes. This means fostering interconnection and synergy between existing (individual and collective) projects, and stimulating discussion and internal reflection, which may result in a more active intervention and the launching of new research initiatives. It should help us in crafting novel proposal at the national and international level, and to develop fruitful collaboration with other research centers, as well as with institutions and local communities.



Specific goals include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of this framework to reflect upon the multiple domains of research explored by DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, and to discuss the viability of preparing collaborative research projects which focuse on these domains, while taking advantage of a cross-cutting conceptual framework;

  • Support to the production of interdisciplinary academic outputs;

  • Realisation of collective projects (at national and international level);

  • Organisation of trans-disciplinary events within and beyond the academic domain;

  • Strengthen the social impact of research by assuring the participation of, fruition by, and redistribution to the local communities.



ITL are light structures. They have no members, only a team of designated facilitators (Dinamizadores) and a general coordination.


Their definition is supposed to be flexible, likely to be adapted, on the middle run, both to the social demand and to research currently carried out by D’C.

The accuracy to the ITL was tested at the occasion of a set of paper discussion sessions end 2018.

The ITL did provide the structuring guidelines for the preparation of the event celebrating the 40 years of the Centro de Estudos Territoriais (CET) and the 31 years of DINÂMIA:

Between Transitions – Entre Transições, 1-2 June 2021. For details, see the announcement and the programme of this event.


Facilitators – Dinamizadores:

Andrea Pavoni

Alexandra Saraiva

Inês Gameiro

Nuno Bento

Patrícia Bento de Almeida

Paulo Marques


General coordination:

Assunção Gato

Pierre Guibentif





Emerging Technological Areas, Technological
Innovation, etc.

Dynamics of
Territorial Change,
Creative Milieus, etc.

Experience of environmental
 social and economic
pressures, etc.

Corporate Governance

Labour Relations, etc.

Cities Planning,
Governance, etc.

Design and implementation
of Public Policies,
Forms of Regulation, etc

Scientific and
Technological Creativity,
Labour Vulnerability, etc.

Forms of Appropriation
of the Public Space, etc.

Mobilization of Rights,

Social Movements, etc.

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