Eduardo Figueira





Research Interests

Areas of academic, scientific and professional interest focus on three areas: (1) Vocational Training and Adult Education, (2) Local Development and (3) Social and Solidarity Economy. Specifically, in terms of research, his concerns have been oriented towards (1) Dimensions / issues of participation in vocational training and adult education, (2) Problems related to sustainable local development, (3) social in(ex)clusion, (4) Social Impact Assessment of Programs and Projects (educational and local development) (5) Issues related to equal opportunities, specifically gender specific issues.


PhD degree (1987) and Master (1984) in Continuous and Vocational Education by University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and conducted aggregation tests in Development and Rural Extension in 2005 at the University of Évora. Degree in Agronomy (1974) from the University of Luanda. At the University of Évora, he served as Chairman of the Department of Sociology (2005-2008), Pro-Rector for Continuous Education (1994), Deputy Dean (1995-1998) and Sociology Master director (1994/95 and 2005/08). In the scope of his teaching and research activities, he has supervised more than 100 undergraduate monographs, more than 50 master’s theses and nine doctoral theses, presented 98 papers in Conferences and Congresses and participated in more than 6 dozens of projects financed by the European Union and by the Portuguese State, on continuing training, rural development, gender equality and social exclusion at national and European level.

He is a full professor at FCSEA (ULHT). He was Director of CPES between 2009 and July 2016 and is currently Vice-President of the Researcher’s plenary. He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Social and Solidarity Economy and Local Development and the MBA in Rural Extension. Expert in the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, in the evaluation of research proposals submitted under the H2020 (From 2015); in 2017 of the Societal Challenge Program 6 ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective societies’ (H2020-SC6-2017).

Main Publications

  • Amaral, M. & Figueira, E. (2016). Cooperation Between Actors for Tourism Development: The Appreciation of Heritage and Cultural Resources in Rural Territories. Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics. Tourism, Territories & History. Volume IV, issue 2, 132-145.
  • Figueira, E. (2012). The Entrepreneurship Subject in the Portuguese Education System. In M. Pilz, S. Berger & Roy Canning (eds), Fit for Business (pp. 177-190). Cologne: Springer.
  • Figueira, E. & Coelho, I. (2005). Alqueva e a Agricultura Familiar. O Caso da freguesia da Amieira. Évora: ECO-HUMANUS.
  • Figueira, E. & Rainha, L. (eds). (2005). Qualificação e Género. O Papel das Competências-chave. Évora: ACADEMUS.
  • Figueira, E. (ed). (2003). Vocational Education and Training in Europe: Culture, Values & Meanings. Lisboa: INOFOR.

Main Research Projects

  • FORMAÇÃO & COMPETITIVIDADE – A IMPORTÂNCIA DA PARTICIPAÇÃO DOS TRABALHADORES TÉCNICOS NA FORMAÇÃO CONTÍNUA PARA A COMPETITIVIDADE DAS PEQUENAS E MÉDIAS EMPRESAS (PMES) LOCALIZADAS EM ZONAS PERIFÉRICAS DA EUROPA: O CASO DE PORTUGAL”. Projecto PTDC/SDE/66809/2006, financiado pela FCT (COMPETE). Investigador Responsável: Eduardo Figueira (Universidade de Évora). Outros investigadores: Rogério Amaro (ISCTE); António Fragoso (UALG); Timothy Koehnem (UTAD). (2006-2009: 36 meses).
  • PARTICIPA – PARTICIPATION IN CONTINUING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET): A NEED FOR A SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYABILITY. Project Contract nr HPSE-CT-2001-00074, financiado por“Improving the Human Research Potential and Socio-Economic Knowledge Base” (European5th Framework Research and Development Programme). Investigador Responsável: Eduardo Figueira. Outros Investigadores: Marta Alves (INOFOR, PT); Alan Brown (Warwick University, UK); Philipp Grollmann (Univ. Bremen, DE); Nikitas Patiniotis (University of Patras, GR); Massimo Tomassini (ISFOL, IT); Florentino Blasquez (Univ. Estremadura, ES), (2001-2004: 36 meses).
  • EuNIC – TOWARDS A EUROPEAN CONCEPTUAL APPROCH TO A DIGITAL LITERACY. Financiado por e-learning programme. Partners: (1) Atene-Centro di Eccelenza per L’Innovazione Formativa (Itália); (2) Institute Tecnologie Didattiche (Itália); (3) Future Capital Foundation (Reino Unido); (4) General Secretariat for Adult Education of Greece (Grécia); (5) Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgária); (6) Universidade de Évora (Portugal), (Eduardo Figueira). (2005-2007: 24 meses).
  • INTERESTS AND DESIRES. Financiado por Socrates Programme. Partners: (1) Flensburg University (Alemanha); (2) Danish Institute for Educational Training of Vocational Teachers (Dinamarca); (3) Interinstitutional Center of Bilan de Competence (França); (4) Centre for Research and Education Development (Reino Unido); (5) Pontydysgu (Reino Unido); (6) SC Axa Consulting 99 SRL (Roménia); (7) Universidade de Évora (Portugal), (Eduardo Figueira). (2005-2008: 34 meses).
  • EXTRAMET – O ESPAÇO RURAL NO CONTEXTO DA NOVA METROPOLIZAÇÃO. Financiado pelo Programa INTERREG IIIB, MEDOCC. Partners: (1) Regione Ligurie (Itália); (2) ECO-HUMANUS (Portugal), (Eduardo Figueira), (3) Regione Sardegna (Itália); Ministére de Macedoine et Thrace (Grécia); Région de Thessalie (Grécia); Conseil Géneral de l’Herault (França); Region de Murcia (Espanha). (2004-2007: 36 meses).