CEBRAP is currently organized into six major areas, grouping 18 research centers:
Centre for Metropolitan Studies (CEM)
Coordinator: Marta Arretche firstname.lastname@example.org
CEM’s scientific project is to investigate the complex role of public policies on poverty alleviation and inequality reduction by means of a comprehensive project addressing four broad dimensions: (i) measuring current and past social inequalities regarding race, migration, labor market, income, urban conditions, education, gender, and political behavior; (ii) understanding the independent effect of public policies on social conditions and inequality reduction; (iii) understanding the role of political institutions on the decision-making of redistributive policies, particularly in voting behavior and law-making process, and (iv) mapping alternative forms of governance in urban areas and their connections with the State in order to understand "who governs what?".
Culture and Public Space
Religions in the Contemporary World
Coordinator: Paula Montero email@example.com
Starting from a theoretical dialogue with Jürgen Habermas, this research center restores the contemporary debate regarding the relationship between religion and public space. The starting point analyzes how the religious field has positioned itself toward provocative questions within Brazilian society, such as abortion, drugs, disability, and ethical issues of major impact in the media. If, as Habermas intends, religions do not necessarily translate their religious arguments into political arguments to provide a public opinion, there needs to be an understanding – through a systematic analysis of religious discourse – of the grammar, reasoning, and production of meaning that religions launch into the public space as well as an assessment of their persuasiveness.
Coordinator: Ronaldo de Almeida firstname.lastname@example.org
The Urban Ethnography research center comprises social science researchers and focuses on contemporary urban transformations, especially in large Brazilian cities. Inequality and poverty, religious transformations, public policy, urban violence, and psychoactive drug use and trafficking are some of its main research subjects, with urban peripheries being the prime research locus. In privileging investigations at the level of the social phenomena, the Center resorts to ethnography as its main methodology, without abandoning its articulation with other quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
Coordinator: Pedro Puntoni email@example.com
The popularization of the Internet in the mid-1990s and information technology modeled after digital devices (built from algorithms based on discrete values) has produced a new form of society. The global impact of this new technological environment has immersed, in one way or another, almost every other knowledge system. The fields of knowledge and social action have somehow been changed and/or permeated by digital devices and technologies. Some more radical analyses, based on the discoveries of the modern Science of the Mind (E. Kandel), have argued out that the very working of brain may be changing (N. Carr). The Digital Humanities have sought to consolidate production of knowledge on the possible uses of new information management tools for research, its impact on methodologies and concepts, and to meditate on the very creation of this new intellectual environment. Cebrap’s Digital Culture Center brings together researchers and collaborators interested in reflecting upon this cultural space and its implications in the production of knowledge in the humanities. Our goal is also to interfere practically upon digital culture, proposing new instruments and tools for the democratization of access to knowledge and to the appreciation of Brazilian culture.
Development, Environment and Inequality
Development and International Cooperation
Coordinator: Alexandre Barbosa firstname.lastname@example.org
This research center seeks to understand the role Brazil currently plays in the new global economic and geopolitical fields. On the one hand, we try to analyze the various ways external integration may affect the internal performance of the Brazilian economy. On the other hand, it shows the potential of new cooperation patterns for Brazil, not only through trade and investments, but also in the geopolitical arena: through relationships with Northern countries (at the G-20, WTO, and other multilateral organizations), but also with Southern countries (BRICS, Latin American and African countries). The understanding of both dimensions comprising Brazil’s new global insertion – and how they interact with each other – is strategic for establishing a new development pattern, one that is more inclusive and dynamic, able to provide a more constructive role in the geopolitics of the post-Western world.
Development and Inequality
Coordinator: Marcia Lima email@example.com
This research center brings together researchers interested in investigating economic development, its ramifications on inequality, and public policies in Brazil related to this area. In this direction, it conducts research on regional and urban development, science, technology and innovation, and the labor market. The research addresses the production and reproduction of inequalities across different spheres and follows the debate regarding the creation of universal and focal policies to tackle these inequalities. Currently, the team is working on research related to: racial and gender inequalities in the educational system and labor market; and regional inequalities within the Brazilian productive structure and its Science, Technology, and Innovation infrastructure.
Territories and Socioenvironmental Conflicts
Coordinator: Arilson Favareto firstname.lastname@example.org
This research center privileges two major research lines. On the one hand, it analyses the structure and dynamics of social conflicts pertaining to the use of natural resources, the collective mobilization resulting therefrom, and the establishment and operation of institutions and regulatory forums for such relationships. On the other hand, it investigates the interdependencies between institutions, territorial dynamics, and the environment, underlining public and private policies and strategies for promoting territorial development and sustainability.
Philosophy, Law and Democracy
Law and Democracy
Coordinator: José Rodrigo Rodriguez email@example.com
This research center investigates the relations between moral, legal, and political topics. The relationship between law and politics, which is at the center of the debate on judicial control in Brazil, is the main axis of the theoretical and empirical research developed by the Center.
Coordinator: Luiz Henrique Lopes dos Santos firstname.lastname@example.org
Constantly open to research and interdisciplinary dialogue, the Philosophy Center combines logical investigations (in the broadest sense of the term) with the examination of fundamental problems within the humanities and practical philosophy, seeking to bring a critical debate to the general Brazilian debate.
Institutions, Movements, and Political Processes
Democracy and Collective Action
Coordinator: Adrian Gurza Lavalle email@example.com
The focus of this research center is to understand the new paths taken by contemporary democracies by focusing on the changing roles of collective actors. The Center encompasses a diverse range of themes, such as accountability, new forms of representation, civil society organization networks, participative spaces, interaction between institutions and social actors, amongst others.
Political Institutions and Elections
Coordinator: Andrea Freitas firstname.lastname@example.org
The Political Institutions and Elections research center – Nipe – focuses on recent political processes, particularly in Brazil, with an emphasis on the institutional system and its effects on electoral behavior, the decision-making process, and public policies. It seeks to participate in the political and social dynamics of the country by fostering academic and professional training and by engaging in political and institutional debate. Its main purpose is to use technical and analytical rigor, typical to scientific enquiry, in order to influence the public debate.
Political Institutions and Social Movements under a Historical Perspective
Coordinator: Angela Alonso email@example.com
This research center analyzes political processes, the relationship between State and society, institutional dynamics, and political and intellectual movements during the Empire and the First Republic.
Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
Coordinator: Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida firstname.lastname@example.org
Population and Public Policies
Citizenship and Reproduction Commission (CCR)
Coordinator: Margareth Arrilha email@example.com
CCR's mission is to promote respect and advocate for the rights of the Brazilian population to freedom and dignity in sexuality, and to promote health and sexual and reproductive rights as human rights. Founded in 1991 and located in São Paulo, at Cebrap, the CCR Board of Directors incorporates specialists from the fields of social sciences, medicine, humanities, and law. CCR acts upon national realities by generating information and providing subsidies for the formulation and monitoring of State public policies. CCR foments strategic thought and the flow of information among different sections of society, including social movements, through the use of research, the development of innovating methodologies, and the fostering of knowledge and debates,. Thus, CCR intends to maintain a dynamic and permanent dialogue not only with society as a whole, but also with NGOs, governmental institutions, social movements, and with the mass media. Moreover, it works to influence the actions of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches in Brazil, from national to municipal spheres. In the last few years, CCR has gained important visibility in the national and international scenario as being the think tank for reproductive rights in the country. CCR is recognized as a house that produces and applies model strategic actions, followed by other organizations, and constantly attempting to influence and transform public opinion.
Citizenship, Health, and Development
Coordinator: Vera Schattan firstname.lastname@example.org
The Citizenship, Health, and Development Center (NCD) is dedicated to researching and discussing ongoing processes pertaining to democratization and development in Brazil and other countries. Created in 2006, the Center conducts comparative studies, seminars, workshops, and consultancy work, which attempts to strengthen the dialogue between academic circles, public managers, and civil society entities. Through these activities, the NCD seeks to contribute to the consolidation of democracy and the expansion of citizenship within Brazilian society. NCD's research agenda consists of issues pertaining to the inclusion and democratization of social relations as well as the capacity of the political system to reconcile citizenship’s desirable pluralism to the constant demand for development. NCD’s main research lines include: 1) Health Policies; 2) Democracy, Development, and Public Policies; 3) Citizenship, Participation, Deliberation and Social Mobilization.
Coordinator: Haroldo Torres email@example.com
Since its inception, Cebrap has conducted several studies on education in Brazil and the educational policies within different administrative and government levels. Cebrap has thus accumulated solid expertise in these issues, especially when associated with public policies.
Coordinator: Elza Berquó firstname.lastname@example.org
This center develops studies related to society’s ongoing socio-demographic transformations. It provides special attention to the demography of inequalities, which includes issues pertaining to gender, generation, and ethnic relations. It also engages researchers in the field of sexual and reproductive rights in order to evaluate and monitor public policies, particularly those regarding sexuality and youth.
Center for Young Researchers
Created in 2008, the center brings together researchers from different areas and work experiences in the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM).
The NJP has an inherently interdisciplinary nature and seeks to develop projects and consultancy in social sciences, economics, public policy, and related areas, focusing on the following activities:
- Data production and analysis
- Consultancy in research methods
- Construction of social, economic, and political indicators
- Evaluation of public policies
- Mini-courses and thematic workshops
Novos Estudos Cebrap Journal – See novosestudos.uol.com.br