Lecturer at the Department of Sociology in the Institute of Social Sciences – University of Minho – Joaquim Costa has a PhD in Social Sciences, by this University, in 2005. He is currently serving as Director of the Sociology Graduation Degree in the UM and secretary of the Pedagogical Board of ICS.
He teaches several areas of Sociology, such as Sociological Theories, Classes and Social Stratification, and Sociology of Religion. Sociology of Religion is his main research area. He has published Sociologia dos Novos Movimentos Eclesiais — focolares, carismáticos e neocatecumenais em Braga, (2006) and O Que é Uma Universidade Católica? Estudo sociológico sobre o ensino de economia e gestão na Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2014).
Joaquim Costa is a member of the Sociology Portuguese Association (APS).