The Permanent Science Seminar with and for Society resumes its activity on November 3, at 8:00 pm, with the session “Participatory research: when the methodology is political …”, guided by Professor Sofia Bento, researcher at SOCIUS-CSG, at ISEG.
The session takes place via Zoom.
Participatory research is not new, but it differs from other approaches to social science research. It can be briefly defined as a collaborative way of involving non-scientific actors in the course of the investigation. What characterizes this process? How can it be implemented and what options are offered to us to choose to carry out a participatory process? So far we have been talking about methodology, but precisely because we have reversed orders (expert vs layman, neutrality vs. subjectivity), this is an approach that is political in the researcher’s various options. The session will try to show what can be done and why participatory processes are chosen, framing these choices in the contributions that social science studies have made to participatory research.
Sofia Bento is an associate professor and researcher at SOCIUS-CSG, at ISEG where she teaches subjects in the areas of Sociology of Science, Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Methodology for Social Sciences. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Higher Institute of Economics and Management and is also a member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon. He represents ISEG at ESST – European Studies of Society, Science and Technology – under which he is responsible for the specialization “Water management and water use: public participation, stakeholders’ involvement and the role of science ”(since 2012). Develops research mainly in the area of Science, Technology and Society. Recent interests are environment and participation devices, scientific and technical controversies, experiences of soil and water contamination. He published several articles and book chapters on these topics. He coordinated national and international projects and several teams on international projects. At the moment, he participates in the international project on water contamination, entitled EGROUNDWATER (H2020), which aims to support the sustainable management of aquifers using digital platforms.