Centro de Investigação em Sociologia Económica e das Organizações

Morada | Rua Miguel Lupi, 20 — 1249-078 Lisboa — Portugal

213 925 910
Ext. 4910



Summer school 2015 - ISEG-Ulisboa/SOCIUS 

Concepts, methods and tools to engage in participatory research and governance processes
13th - 17th July 2015 - 9:30 to 17:30

Objectives and learning outcomes:
The course aims to
a) improve understanding of the challenges related to stakeholder involvement in research and governance processes;            
b) deliver a generic frame for planning and  facilitate sound participatory processes;    
c) teach innovative participatory methods and tools useful for addressing complex issues in diverse, multi-level stakeholder settings;     
d) develop reflexive capacities for continuous process improvement.

Participants will:
- obtain theoretical and practical knowledge on participatory processes, methods and tools;
- gain competencies in conducting a participatory process: examining the context, planning and facilitating the process and critically  evaluating the outcomes;
- identify the most adequate participatory tools and implement them in their own project.
Application contexts may concern the development and execution of research projects or                      programs, participatory decision making, policy development and implementation.  

Learning methods:
A mix method approach will be used, including theoretical presentations, interactive exercises and group work, plenary discussions, and simulations. Participants will apply the participatory methods and tools by working on their own case study.

The summer school is divided in 8 blocks which will take place during 5 days.
1st block: introduction of the summer school.
2nd block: concepts, definitions and main issues about participation.
3rd block: analysing the context undergoing a participatory process.
4th block: planning a participatory process.
5th block: participatory tools and settings.
6th block: facilitation tools.
7th block: evaluation of participatory processes
8th block: summing up: identify the principles of a participatory process and how to apply them.


Marta Varanda and Sofia Bento are sociologists, professors at ISEG/University of Lisbon, who have  been using   participatory methods in their research namely on adaptation of agriculture to climate change and water governance.

Jennifer Hauck is an experienced trainer for participatory methods and the organization of transdisciplinary research processes and works as scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental  Research – UFZ in Germany.

Mathieu Dionnet is a consultant at   Lisode, working in the field of public  participation. Lisode’s work  emerges out of the interface of science and its application, and focuses on offering advice and support in public participation as well as team development processes.

Practical information:

Target audience
All those interested in developing and improving skills, theoretical and methodological knowledge of participatory methods for both governance and research.

Admission criteria
Bachelor/ 1st cycle or Master degree
Fluency in spoken English
Motivation letter
The number of participants is limited to 20

Tuition fee
500 €, to be paid after notification of acceptance.
Participants are responsible for travelling, lodging and meal expenses.

Course Location 
ISEG/University of Lisbon


Download the Registration Form

Application before the 15th May by email to
Participants will be notified of acceptance by the 29th May

Organizing Institutions:

R. Miguel Lupi 20, 1249-078
Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 213925910 / 4

2512 Route de Mende, 34090
Montpellier, France
Phone/Fax: 09 84 49 40 96 

Permoserstraße 15 04318
Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 235-0 Fax: +49 341 235-1468

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