Ana-Cristina Santos

Investigadora (Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra)



With a background in Sociology and a PhD in Gender Studies, Ana Cristina Santos is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES-UC). At CES-UC she is Director of the PhD Programme Human Rights in Contemporary Societies and Chair of the Democracy, Justice and Human Rights Thematic Line. She published extensively and coordinated a number of research projects on LGBTQI+, gender, dissident embodiment, intimate citizenship and human rights, including two European Research Council Grant Awards (2014-2019; 2022-2027). She is currently leading three research projects: Colourful Childhoods, funded by the European Commission; REMEMBER, funded by FCT; and TRACE, funded by the ERC and focusing on LGBTQ+ ageing in Southern Europe. In 2021, she was elected for the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association until 2024. Her most recent books are The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities (2020), The Tenacity of the Couple Norm (UCL, Open Access, 2020) and LGBTQ+ Intimacies in Southern Europe: Citizenship, Care and Choice will be published with Palgrave in Open Access.

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