Marie Boost, Dipl. Sociologist, is a qualitative social researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Nuremberg, Germany. In her diploma thesis she did a qualitative research on jobless women in eastern Germany. She won also the award for the best diploma thesis at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science at the Technische Universität Dresden. After finishing her degree in 2013 she started to work in RESCuE. In her doctoral thesis she is comparing the different dimensions and causes of resilience between Spain and Germany.
Andreas Hirseland, Dr. rer. pol. in sociology, economics and social psychology. Since 2005 senior researcher and vice-head of the IAB research unit “Joblessness and Social Inclusion” and lecturer at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. His research interests include qualitative methodology, social policy and the welfare state, poverty and unemployment, sociology of couples and families. Hirseland is head of the IAB qualitative longitudinal study on German welfare recipients. His recent publications include “Hunger and nutritional poverty in Germany. Quantitative and qualitative empirical insights”.
Frank Sowa, M.A. in sociology, is qualitative social researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Nuremberg, Germany. His main research interests include labour market policies, social exclusion, cultural sociology and ethnography. From 2001 until 2004 he was fellow of the Graduate College “Cultural hermeneutics: Perspectives on Difference and Transdifference” supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). In his PhD-thesis he analysed conflicts over nature in Greenland and Japan where he interviewed hunters and whalers. From 2004 till 2007 he worked as a researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is currently engaged in an evaluation study, using ethnographic methods to find out how organisations and unemployed persons interact in job placement services.
Lars Meier, Dr. phil, sociologist (M.A.) and geographer (Diplom). Since 2014 he is a senior researcher and lead the local team in the RESCuE project at the IAB. Meier had held positions as researcher or lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Bremen, the University of Munich and the Technical University of Darmstadt and was visiting academic at the University of Oxford. He was a senior researcher at the IAB and had led the local team for the EU FP 7 project SPHERE. His work focuses on social inequality and diversity, cultural studies, work, migration, urban studies and qualitative methods. Recent publications include an edited book on Migrant Professionals in the City – Local Encounters, Identities, and Inequalities (Routledge, 2014) and an edited special issue on Absence.
M.A. and Dr. phil. in sociology, political science and history in Erlangen, Dr. habil. and venia legendi (PD) for general sociology in 2011. Promberger is the Co-ordinator of RESCuE and head of the German team. Since 2005 he has been the head of the IAB Research Department “Joblessness and Social Inclusion”, which has been evaluated “very good” by the German Science Council in 2007. His current studies focus on the changing interrelations between labour, unemployment and poverty in historical and comparative perspectives, from microsocial practices and habits to organisational and societal developments. Promberger has been involved in various international research projects, including FP 5 to 7 and EUROFOUND. He acts as a counsellor to the German Parliament, the German Ministry of Labour, the German Trade Unions Federation (DGB) and the Bavarian State Government. Promberger’s teaching assignments include a visiting full professorship of Sociology at the University of Munich (LMU) in 2011 and an ongoing readership in Sociology at the University of Erlangen. He is (co-) author of seven books and more than 80 book chapters, reports and journal articles, addressing not only the scientific community but also a broader public.
Barbara Slania, M.A. in Sociology & M.A. in Political Sciences, Silesian University, Katowice (Individual Interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies), PhD studies in Sociology, Silesian University, Katowice under tutorial of prof. Kazimiera Wódz.
Experienced field researcher that worked on the EU 7th FP project SPHERE. Also, a volunteer in the field of social work with refugees, asylum seekers and in the field of human rights education.
Scientific interests: social exclusion, ethnic and national diversity of Polish society.
Witold Mandrysz, M.A. in Sociology (University of Silesia), PhD in Sociology (University of Silesia). Researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Silesia, Social Work Unit, member of research team in: ‘Organised Civil and European Governance’ (CIVGOV) in the 5th FP, also involed in the programme ‘Identity, Diversity and Citizenship in the European Union’ in co-operation with Middlesex University and worked for the EU 7th FP project SPHERE. His main research interests cover regional/structural policy, citizenship and social dialog, ethnic and national identity of language and cultural minorities, social work, social economy, social exclusion and probation.
Krzysztof Łęcki, PhD and habilitation in sociology (University of Silesia), a senior lecturer in the Insitute of Sociology, University of Silesia. Member of the research team involved in project: 5th FP: Organised Civil Society And European Governance (CIVGOV), member of research team in 7th FP: ‘Space, place and the historical and contemporary articulations of regional, national and European identities through work and community in areas undergoing economic restructuring and regeneration’ (SPHERE).
Main research interests: literary and art research (narrative and cultural rdentity), discourses of place of belonging, sociology of culture, history of ideas, civil society.
Krystyna Faliszek – M.A. in Sociology (University of Silesia), PhD in Sociology (University of Silesia), habilitation in Sociology 2013 on exclusion and social marginalization in post-mining communities. She is a researcher at The Institute of Sociology, University of Silesia, Social Work Unit. She took part in a research on educational needs in social work in situation of transformations of social aid and local social policy towards social problems. During 2008-2014 she was the secretary of Social Work Section in Polish Socological Association.
Krystyna Faliszek participated in a research project coordinated by Centre de Droit Compare du Travail et de la Securite Social – CNRS/Universite Montesquie in Bordeaux: ‘Le risque vieillesse en Europe: quels droits, quelles protections?’ and also in a project ‘CERTS for Poland – Centre Europeen de ressources pour la recherche en travail social’ coordinated by the Chair of the Social Pedagogy, University of Lodz.
Main research interests: social policy and social work, social economy, social exclusion
Kazimiera Wódz, M.A. in psychology, Jagiellonian University, 1973, Cracow, PhD in Humanities from Pedagogical University, 1979, Cracow, habilitation in Sociology from University of Silesia, Katowice, 1987, Professor of Sociology from 1994. Head of Department of Cultural Studies (University of Silesia, Institute of Sociology, Katowice) from 1988 and head of Social Work Unit (University of Silesia) 1994 – 2013 professor in Ecole Internationale des Sciences Politiques, University of Silesia, since 2002 – professor in Academy of Business in Dąbrowa Górnicza, in position of head of Chair of Sociology and vice-Rector, during the years 2008-2014 the head of Social Work Section in Polish Socological Association. Her scientific experience covers cultural studies, European studies, urban and regional studies, political sociology, social work and social policy. She has worked on several international projects, dealing with different aspects of regional transformations: ‘Social History of Poverty in Central Europe, The Polish Case’ (grant funded by The Institute of Human Sciences , Vienna, 1997 – 1999, CIVGOV 2003-2006, 5 FP EU), ‘Identity, Diversity and Citizenship in the European Union’ (grant funded by James Madison Trust, 2004-2005) and ‘Space, place and the historical and contemporary articulations of regional, national and European identities through work and community in areas undergoing economic restructuring and regeneration’ (SPHERE) in 7 FP EU (2008-2011). Author of over 250 articles, edited and co-edited numerous books and scientific reports.
María Paz Martín Martín is PhD and researcher at the Department of Social Psychology (Complutense University of Madrid). She is member of EGECO (Empleo, Genero y Cohesión social) research team and Complutense Institute of Sociology for the Study of Contemporary Social Transformations (TRANSOC). Her main research areas have been: employment and social policies in cross-national comparative perspective, welfare states reforms and EU social governance. She has also worked on care policies. Recently she has participated on the investigations “Political production of the notion of “care”: institutional practices and implementation experiences in the service to dependency”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science; “Qualitative evaluation of activation policies, the boundaries between the passive and the active”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science among others. She recently published the articles “Discourses on Modernization in the Employment Public Services: Towards a New Form of Governance?” in Política y Sociedad, Vol. 51, nº 1 (2014, with Carlos Jesús Fernández) and “Questioning the employment system: the European flexicurity approach” in The journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resources. October 2009. Vol,11 Nº5.
Francisco José Tovar is PhD and lecturer in the Sociology and Social Work Department (University of Valladolid). He is member of EGECO (Empleo, Genero y Cohesión social) research team and Complutense Institute of Sociology for the Study of Contemporary Social Transformations (TRANSOC). Recently he has participated on the investigation “Precarious work amongst students in Europe” (PRECSTUDE), funded by DG Employment (EU). Research interests: identity and critical work and organisation studies. His latest articles : “Collective identities in the age of restructuring: old and new class, space and community – based identities in six european regions” in International Sociology (2013, with Jeffereys, S. and Revilla J.C); and “An alternative view of competence-based management”, in: P. Koistinen, L. Mósesdóttir and A. Serrano (eds.), Emerging Systems of Work and Welfare (Brussels 2009).
Carlos de Castro Pericacho, PhD in Sociology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Lecturer in the departament of Sociology of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research focus on the study of the political processes in the formation of productive contexts in the global economy and the study of individual and collective processes of subjectivity formation. He has recently coauthored: “Labour, Gender and Political Conflicts in the Global Agri-food System. The case of Agri-export model of Murcia, Spain” in Bonanno, A. and Salete Cavalcanti, J. (eds) Labor Relations in a Globalized Food, Ed. Emerald, 2014; “El péndulo de Polanyi. De la desdemocratización a la resistencia social” Revista Áreas, Vol.31, 2012; and “Two Spanish cities at the crossroads: changing identities in Elda and Alcoy” en Contrepois, S., Kirk, J. and Jefferys, S. (eds) (2012) Changing work and community identities in European Regions: perspectives on the past and present, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
Araceli Serrano is PhD and senior lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). She is specialized in Social Science Methodology, with especial attention to the cualitative Methodology and the Visual analysis in the Social Sciences. She has several publications in books and reviews relating with this scope. She is a member of the EGECO Research Team and the Institute of Sociology for the Study of Contemporary Social Transformations (TRANSOC) depending on the UCM. Her research has focussed on the study of poverty and social exclusion, and on the social policy oriented to fight against these problems, especially on the basic income programs. She has been the coordinator of the research “Perspectives on the poverty: social representations of poverty from the “new poor”, funded by the Community of Madrid; She is also a member of several research projects focusses on the work of care, ways of seeing poverty by social workers, and some approach to mixing methods. She has some publications in books and reviews related with these topics.
María Arnal Sarasa is PhD and lecturer in the Department of Sociology (Complutense University of Madrid). She is member of EGECO (Empleo, Genero y Cohesión social) research team and Complutense Institute of Sociology for the Study of Contemporary Social Transformations (TRANSOC). Research areas: employment, poverty and migrant movements. Recently she has participated on the investigation “Precarious work amongst students in Europe” (PRECSTUDE), funded by DG Employment (EU). Also she has participated on the investigation “Perspectives on the poverty: social representations of poverty from the “new poor”, funded by the Community of Madrid. She recently published an article “Crisis, unemployment and poverty: analysis of life trayectories and strategies in the labour market” Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales Vol. 33 nº 2, p.281-311, 2013. Others publications include: Co-author of “A tale of two cities: working class identity, industrial relations and community in declining textile and shoe industries in Spain”. In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17, 4, 330-342, 2011.
Juan Carlos Revilla Castro is PhD and senior lecturer in the department of Social Psychology, Facultad CC. Políticas y Sociología (UCM). His main research interests are identity, critical work and organization studies, as well as youth studies and violence. He is part of the EGECO research team and was involved in the FP7 project SPHERE as national co-ordinator. Recently he has participated on the investigation “Precarious work amongst students in Europe” (PRECSTUDE), funded by DG Employment (EU). Publications include: “Two Spanish cities at the crossroads: changing identities in Elda and Alcoy”. In Kirk, J., Jeffreys, S. & Contrepois, S. (eds.): Changing work and community identities in European regions: perspectives on past and present, pp. 91-123. London: Palgrave, 2012; “Las lógicas de control organizacional en el siglo XXI. En busca del trabajador autodisciplinado”. REIS, 135, 47-68, 2011; “A tale of two cities: working class identity, industrial relations and community in declining textile and shoe industries in Spain”. In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17, 4, 330-342, 2011.
Matthew Donoghue, MA International Studies: Citizenship and Global Justice; PhD Candidate in Politics (Oxford Brookes University). Matthew is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UH. His research interests lie broadly in political economy and political sociology, particularly regarding issues of citizenship, welfare, cohesion and inequality. He is experienced with qualitative methods, particularly focus groups, as well as (critical) discourse analysis. His latest publication is a critical discourse analysis of New Labour’s welfare reform and community cohesion policy, published in the journal British Politics. He is also preparing a paper based on focus group research for a special edition of the Political Studies Association’s journal Politics. He will submit his PhD thesis in summer 2014.
Ursula Huws, PhD, Professor at UH, having previously been Professor of International Labour Studies at London Metropolitan University and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies. She is very experienced in the international, interdisciplinary research, having directed or participated in a number of EC-funded research projects in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, including EMERGENCE, RESPECT, STILE, LAW, TOSCA,WORKS and ETICA. She is also a reviewer of the RECWOWE (‘Reconciliation of Work and Welfare’) project. Her recent publications include ‘New forms of work; new occupational identities’ in N. Pupo and M Thomas (eds.) Interrogating the ‘New Economy’: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century’, Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 2010, and ‘Between a rock and a hard place: the shaping of employment in a global economy’, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, Volume 4 No 1.
Hulya Dagdeviren, MSc and PhD in Economics, University of London. Dagdeviren is currently Professor of International Economic Development at the UH. Her research interests include poverty, income distribution and privatisation of public services. She worked as advisor for various international organisations and took part in many programmes, including the Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction for the United Nations Development Programme. Economic Policies for Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction, UNDP, 2006, (with V. Chisala, A. Geda, T. McKinley, A. Saad-Filho, C. Oya, J. Weeks) is one of the books published as a research output of this programme. Previously, her work on “Poverty reduction with growth and redistribution’ Development and Change, 2002, 33 (3): 383-413 (with R. van der Hoeven and J. Weeks) was supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Her most recent publications include “Political Economy of Contractual Disputes in the Water Sector” Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, 2011, 82 (1): 25-44, ‘Crisis, sustainability of electricity prices and state interventions in Argentina’ Industrial and Corporate Change, 21 (2): 403-427, ‘A critical assessment of incomplete contracts theory for private participation in public services’, co-author, Simon A. Robertson, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Forthcoming.
Nelli Kambouri received her PhD from the LSE. She is working at Panteion University since 2008 as a research fellow on European research projects focusing on gender, migration, domestic work, transnationalism, digital networks and social movements. She was at the core of the research teams that coordinated the projectsGeMIC and Mig@net and has taught at the department of social policy at Panteion University and the interdisciplinary gender program of the University of Athens as a temporary lecturer.
Theodosia Marinoudi graduated from the Humanities Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and continued her postgraduate studies at Panteion University for Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, where she completed the two year MA programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology Department. She took her Ph.D. from the same Department in 2014. Her research is concerned with the biopolitical regulation of disability and vulnerable subjectivities and bodies and the ways language and the body, meanings and senses, empathy and performativity intersect, with an emphasis on autism and the formation of autistic subjectivities. She has participated in the intensive research graduate programme “Teaching the crisis: Geographies, methodologies, perspectives”, at Humboldt University, Berlin. She is a recipient of the scholarship “Irakleitos II – Reinforcement of the human research dynamic through the implementation of doctoral research”, sponsored by Greece and the European Union. She is also a recipient of a Melina Merkouri Foundation scholarship.
Georgia Petraki is Associate professor of sociology at Panteion University of Political and Social Science, Department of Social Policy (Athens). She holds a Ph. D. in Sociology of Work from l’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She was associate researcher of INE-GSEE (Institute of General Confederation of Labour) from 1993 to 1999. She has participated in research on work organization-technological changes-labour market and social stratification. She teaches courses of qualitative methodology, sociology of labour and social stratification. She has published 4 books on labour and several articles about segregation in labor market, work organization, class structure. She has participated in European Framework Programs (FP6, FP7). She coordinates the Greek team in WORKS, Integrated Project (CIT3-CT-2005-006193) and edited the book entitled “The Global Restructuring of Work Organisation”. She coordinates the Greek team in RESCuE Project (FP7 Topic 5.1-1: Citizens’ resilience in times of crisis: RESCuE: Patterns of Resilience during Socioeconomic Crises among Households in Europe coordinator: PD Dr. Markus Promberger IAB, Germany). Her main research interests include work organization, work conditions, social stratification and the new forms of social relations.
Aggeliki Yfanti is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Social Policy at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Her thesis is on “The impact of alternative measurements of unemployment on subpopulation and regions”. She has worked as a researcher inINSPIRES (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe), a project funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 and in the Psychosocial and Vocational Rehabilitation Unit of the University Mental Health Research Institute. She has also administered several other research projects.
Athena Athanasiou is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She holds a Ph.D. from New School for Social Research, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University (2001-2002). Her written work on biopolitics, gender theory, sexual politics, and the technologies of the body has been published in various journals. She has authored the books: Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007); and Crisis as a State of Exception: Critiques and Resistances (Athens, 2012). She has also edited: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and ‘the Greeks’ (co-ed. with Elena Tzelepis, SUNY Press, 2010); and Biosocialities: Perspectives on Medical Anthropology (Athens, 2011). She recently co-authored (with Judith Butler) the book, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). She has participated in European Framework Programs (FP6, FP7). Her main research interests include: gender, embodiment, subjectivity, conceptions of the political. She has been invited to teach at various universities, such as: University of Helsinki (Graduate Program in Gender Studies), Humboldt University (Erasmus Graduate Summer School “Teaching the Crisis”), University of Cyprus (Graduate Program in Gender Studies).
Tarık Şengül has studied in Department of City and Regional Planning at METU (BCP), and the Department of Public Administration (MSc), before receiving his PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Kent. He is currently the Director of Centre for Public Policy and Urban Research, which conducts research on issues such as urban poverty, local government reform and health policy in association with METU’s City and Regional Planning Department. Şengül served for two years as the president of the Chamber of City Planners in Turkey and coordinated the preparation of master plan for Diyarbakir metropolitan area. He was the international coordinator of the FP7 project SPHERE from 2008 to 2010. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at METU. He is one of the founding members of a research oriented postgraduate program on Urban Policy Planning and Local Government, a joint program of the Political Science and City and Regional Planning departments.
Attila Aytekin has studied in METU Department of Political Science and Public Administration (BSc) and Bilkent University Department of History (MA) before getting his doctoral degree in History at SUNY Binghamton. He has published articles and books on workers and peasants in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey and recently co-edited a companion volume to political science. His current research interests are late Ottoman social and economic history, Turkish politics, and Ottoman and Turkish urban history. Aytekin was a researcher in FP7 project SPHERE from 2008 to 2011, and acted as the international coordinator in 2011. Aytekin is currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at METU. Aytekin also teaches in the post-graduate program of Urban Policy Planning and Local Government.
Joonas Vola is a political scientist and a PhD candidate in the University of Lapland. His own research interest is on performing social realities in the Arctic. In the RESCUE project, he will participate in the field work of the project and assist in other project responsibilities.
Terhi Vuojala-Magga is an anthropologist. She has done most of her research work among the Sámis, who are the only indigenous people of Europe. She has focused not only on the issues of climate change in the Arctic but on reindeer herding, traditional ecological knowledge and technical skills of the forest people. She lives in the remote Sámi forest village of Kuttura, andspecialises in fishing. She will carry out the fieldwork and contribute to the national and international reports of the project.
Monica Tennberg is a research professor and a leader of the sustainable development research group at the Arctic. Her background is in political science. Her recent work concentrates on social dimensions of development in the Barents Euro-Arctic region. She is a co-editor of the journal Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics. She will concentrate on stakeholder involvement in the project.
Jennifer Dagg, PhD in Sociology (National University of Ireland, Galway). Jenny is currently post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at NUI Maynooth. Her research interests orientate around theories of power, particularly governmentality, subjectivity, and agentive power. Her research in these areas has focused upon asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland.
Jane Gray heads the local team for the RESCuE project in Ireland. She is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Associate Researcher in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University. Her published research centres on families, households and social change. Jane Gray is also the programme leader for the Irish Qualitative Data Archive, and a Principal Investigator on the Irish government funded project to develop the Digital Repository of Ireland.
Alexandre D. Calado – M.A. in Urban Studies, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (2010), from 2012- PhD studies In Sociology, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. Tutor: Prof. Luís Manuel Capucha. Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, at the University Institute of Lisbon, currently developing a PhD thesis titled “Secondary Education and the impacts of the economic and financial crisis in education politics, in schools and in families” and also participating in a European comparative research on the impacts of the economic recession and on the education and training systems of Southern European countries, titled “Educational Challenges in Southern Europe. Equity and efficiency in a time of crisis”. He participated in several research studies on education, with an emphasis on the evaluation of public policies for education, working both with research centers and governmental institutions, namely the “Study of Evaluation of the Primary and Secondary Education”. He has also participated on research studies on public policies and poverty, with an emphasis on studies of evaluation of public programmes oriented towards decreasing social exclusion and poverty, both policies oriented to territorial policies and policies developed in specific sectors, such as the areas of employment and training. His main research interests are social policy, policymaking, education and organizational and territorial development.
Pedro Estêvão graduated in Sociology in 2005 from the Lisbon University Institute, holds a post-graduate degree in Statistics and is currently undergoing his PhD research in Sociology on the topic of firm and workers strategies regarding education and training in the context of economic and social crisis under the supervision of Prof. Luis Capucha. He is currently a researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). His main research interests are economic sociology and public policy analysis. He has participated as a researcher for ISCTE-IUL on several projects aiming at evaluating the impact of educational reforms on the ability of the Portuguese education and training system to promote school success amongst disadvantaged social groups and also on studying phenomena such as early school leaving and school underachievement. He was co-author of the report “Mais escolaridade” that technically grounded the government decision of extending compulsory education in Portugal to 12 years. He recently participated in the evaluation of the “Rede Social” (Social Network) Program, a Portuguese national program aiming at developing stakeholders forums for implementing social policy at municipal level. He is currently working in the research project “Educational Challenges in Southern Europe: Equity and efficiency in a time of crisis”
Luís Capucha, PhD in Sociology at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), 2004 will head the Portuguese team of the RESCuE project. He is a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology of ISCTE-IUL (CIES-IUL) where he has also been teaching in Social Classes and Social Stratification and Public Policy Evaluation since 1992.His two main research interests are poverty and social exclusion and sociology of education. On his PhD thesis he developed the concept of “poverty ways of life”, offering a framework for studying the multidimensional nature of poverty in Portugal. He is the author and co-author of several articles and chapters in international publications such as “Le Visible et l’Invisible: Modes de Vie de la Pauvreté au Portugual” (in Espaces et Societés, 79, 43-60), “Mending Nets in the South: Anti-Poverty Policies in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain” (in Social Policy & Administration, Vol. 37, 6, 639-655) or “Portugal – a virtuous path towards minimum income?”(in Ferrara, M.(2005) Welfare States Reform in Southern Europe, 204-265). His academic career has been interspaced with spells on official functions. He headed the Department for Statistics and Prospective Studies of the Portuguese Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity from 1999 to 2002 and also two Departments of the Portuguese Ministry of Education from 2007 to 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of the Portuguese branch of the European Anti-Poverty Network. Luis Capucha also coordinated the evaluation studies on the national implementation of the EQUAL European Initiative Programme. He was also the coordinator of evaluation studies of major national social policy measures such as the Minimum Income Law of 1997.