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The Portuguese Observatory on Cultural Activities (OPAC), is a research structure created in December 2018 at the Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, within the framework of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte), which is the responsible institution for its scientific coordination and functioning.​

Its mission is to ensure the development of accurate and up-to-date research, studies and information related with several cultural domains and themes, aiming to contribute to current debates in Portuguese society and the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies.

Despite the strong emphasis on Portuguese reality, OPAC also has a transnational comparative perspective, particularly within the European Union.

Main goals:

  • Produce and disseminate indicators on arts and culture, including the designated cultural and creative sector;

  • Develop original studies and join research partnerships with public and private institutions;

  • Carry out and collaborate in research and scientific projects at national, European and international levels;

  • Organize, host and participate in meetings, initiatives and events to present, spread and debate research results.

  • Contribute to the articulation between scientific research and advanced university training (Postgraduate, MA and PhD) at Iscte.

The website was designed as a multimedia platform with a institutional presentation and access to studies, indicators, publications, news, reports and links.



José Soares Neves (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-Iscte)



António Firmino da Costa (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-Iscte)

Clara Frayão Camacho (DGPC, IHA-FCSH/NOVA)

Elias J. Torres Feijó (USC, coordinator of GALABRA Group)

Isabel Alçada (Advisor to the Portuguese President of the Republic for Education)

Maria João Vaz (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-Iscte)

Maria de Lourdes Lima dos Santos (emeritus researcher coordinator of ICS-UL)

Patrícia Ávila (Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-Iscte)

Paula Varanda (IHA-FCSH/NOVA)

Rui Beja (CLLC/DLC-UA)



José Soares Neves

Ana Paula Miranda

Caterina Foà

Jorge Santos

Maria João Lima

Miguel Ângelo Lopes

Rui Telmo Gomes

Sofia Macedo


The Observatory operates in the premises of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte) located in the main building of the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon.

Observatório Português das Atividades Culturais

Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Avenida das Forças Armadas, 40 

Edifício 4, sala 0.04

1649-026 Lisboa,Portugal

Tel.: 21 046 43 75

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