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Observatory of Portuguese Society (OPS)

The Observatory of Portuguese Society (OPS) is dedicated to the study of the Portuguese Society – a social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another, and that involves a national identity, with persons associated together for cultural, political, economic, patriotic, or other purposes. The OPS is associated with the Center for Applied Studies (CEA) of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CATÓLICA-LISBON) and benefits from the collaboration of experienced researchers from CATÓLICA-LISBON and support from CEA members.

The main objective of the observatory consists in describing and characterizing the Portuguese society by studying specific phenomena of interest. In particular, the observatory measures and monitors aspects related to Portuguese society, such as well-being, quality of life, happiness, health, life satisfaction, security, in an international context. In order to understand specific or underlying concepts of Portuguese society, the OPS collects relevant data using both direct data collection, through the Online Research Panel of CATÓLICA-LISBON, and indirect data collection provided by national and international entities (e.g., socioeconomic, demographic and health statistics). This set of activities will be helpful to understand the impact of specific economic and psychosocial issues in the Portuguese Society.

Findings will be used to establish objectives and guidelines for future research on Portuguese society, to draw and develop strategies to integrate them into policy, and to promote them as alternative measures of progress.

Quarterly studies focused on the characterization of the Portuguese Society

The Observatory of Portuguese Society of CATÓLICA-LISBON performs quarterly studies investigating Portuguese Society. Since its inception, it has performed several studies, offering a broad range of indicators about the Portuguese Society. The first study (October 2015) focused on measuring levels of life satisfaction, happiness, and well-being in Portugal. The second study (March 2016), in addition to collecting data about general societal indicators (such as happiness and well-being) focused on assessing overall trust in the political system, confidence in public institutions, and gathered data about saving behavior. The third study (July 2016) was run immediately following Portugal’s triumph in the Euro 2016 European Football Championship and investigated relationships between happiness and feelings of patriotism. The fourth study run in October 2016 focused on health and well-being indicators measuring feelings of loneliness, health perceptions and quality of life. A fifth study was conducted in March 2017 and, in addition to collecting data on several societal indicators (such as happiness, well-being and quality of life), it also focused on indicators of change in consumption habits, saving habits, and economic confidence in members of the Portuguese society.

Overall, the findings can help in formulating objectives and guidelines for future research on Portuguese society, in the development of strategies to integrate these measures into specific policies, and in promoting these measures as alternative barometers of progress.

For further detail and insights about findings, please select one of the studies below*:

*only available in Portuguese


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Phone: (+351) 217 206 241