Professional placements, identities and skills of sociologists in Portugal


  • Pedro Abrantes Universidade Aberta e Iscte — Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Rui Banha DGEEC — Direção-Geral de Estatísticas da Educação e Ciência (MCTES/ME), Lisboa, Portugal
  • Madalena Ramos Iscte — Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-Iscte), Lisboa, Portugal
  • Alexandra Aníbal Câmara Municipal de Lisboa/Direção Municipal de Cultura, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Paula Urze NOVA School of Science and Technology, CIUHCT, Lisboa, Portugal



graduates in Sociology, training, profession, identity, practices, representations


This article aims to contribute to the knowledge and reflection on the professional identities and representations of sociologists per se and in their relationship with others professionals within the framework of organizational dynamics. Some key issues on the development of this field in Portugal are addressed through the analysis of the responses to the “Professional Skills and Practices of the Graduates in Sociology” survey, which was launched in 2019. The effects of generational differences, training path and professional placement (working within or outside the academy) on identity and representations, namely of what it means to be a sociologist, are explored.