Phd in Sociology by the University of Minho (2016), Fátima Barbosa is currently a research grant holder in the European Project SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and retirement in Europe).

She studies informal caregivers aged 50+, their needs and quality of life, apart from the impact of providing informal care on their health.

Between 2003 and 2011 she worked as technical director and Services Director in Social Institutions.