PhD in Sociology, full professor in Sociology at ISCSP, Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, founder and coordinator of CIEG, Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ISCSP), an FCT research center. This center brings together researchers, at a national level, from several disciplinary fields that study gender topics.
She was thePresident of the European Sociological Association (ESA) between 2009 and 2011.
She was a member of the evaluation pannel Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour of the European Research Council between 2012 and 2015.
At ISCSP-ULisboa, she is the Coordinator of the Sociology Unit.
In addition to creating and teaching several courses in the field of sociology and research methodology, she created several master and post-graduate courses in the field of sociology, family and gender.
She integrated research teams under the Framework Programs 6 and 7 WORKCARE (2006-2009) and WORKCARE Synergies (2009-2011).
Her research on marriage and divorce actively contributed to the amendment of the divorce law by adapting it to the Portuguese reality.
In recent years she has directed several research teams belonging to national and international networks, under the themes of family, gender, marriage, divorce, work and family, poverty, drug addiction, youth and children/youth protection. Among her latest projects is The Sexual Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace. Through the results of this research there was the amendment of the law on sexual harassment in the workplace in Portugal. More recently, she is coordinating the team of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG) in the international project Ge-HEI - Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions.
She also actively participates in several European research networks.
She is part of the national team responsible for implementing the European Social Survey in Portugal since its beginning in 2002.
She was President of the Portuguese Association of Sociology (APS) between 2002 and 2006. Furthermore, she held various positions in the European Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association.