> TITO DAMIÃO
Tito Damião completed his sociology degree at the “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” in 1997 with a thesis on the descendents of African immigrants in the context of urban re-housing. His training as a researcher was consolidated during the time he spent at SociNova from 1997 to 1998. It was then that Tito developed his special interest in work sociology, which today remains his main research interest.
In 1998 he was awarded a master’s scholarship by the “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” (FCT). However, he chose to interrupt his academic career to deal with matters of a more practical nature in the public sector. After working for a time at the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP), in July 1999 he took on the duties of parliamentary assistant for the Socialist Group in the European Parliament (EP) and remained in that position until 2004. His work carried out over those five years is reflected in a set of community legislation and relevant programme guidelines in the areas of employment and social affairs, industry, external trade, energy, R&D, regional policy, cohesion and sustainable development.
During this period, Tito also undertook some research projects. One of these, the Study of the Social Impact of the Liberalisation of the Gas and Electricity Markets, carried out in the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Council in 2001, consolidated partnerships with other researchers and helped to build the critical mass necessary for the start-up of Númena. Another project, the Survey of Electoral Behaviour in Alcobaça Municipality: Construction and Testing of a Political Alienation Index, was carried out under Númena’s aegis.
He returned to Portugal in 2004 to join the Auditing and Modernisation Office and, following the closing of that entity, the GPLP, both organisations in the Ministry of Justice, where he developed and coordinated the CERES Project – Competitiveness and Sustainable Reorganisation of the Judicial System which is now part of the Technological Plan. The objectives of this multi-disciplinary scientific research project are: the functional reorganisation of the courts (work organisation), the reorganisation of the judicial chart and the development of evaluation systems, socio-economic framing of demand and monitoring of efficiency and productivity, leading to an integrated, geo-referenced, strategic management programme. Tito has also carried out analytical work on legislative policy and on reducing judicial involvement in matters, as well as the multi-disciplinary assessment of the reform of administrative dispute processes.
It is in this area of Integrated Management of Public Policies that at the “Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa” (ISCTE) he is currently preparing his master’s thesis, under the guidance of Professor Paulo Pereira de Almeida, as part of the Master’s Degree course in Work Sciences and Industrial Relations.