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Having attended the management course at the Higher Institute of Economy and Management of the “Universidade Técnica de Lisboa” between 1990 and 1992, Hugo enrolled in the sociology degree course at the Social and Human Sciences Faculty of the “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” and four years later (1996/97) graduated with a final average score of 16 points.

While still in his final year of that degree course he started working with the SociNova Research Office on studies on shanty towns and re-housing in Oeiras Municipality.

Interested in the areas of immigration sociology, deviant sociology and social demographics, in the 1997/98 academic year he registered in the master’s course in historical economy and sociology, completing the curricular part of the course in February 1999 with a final course average of 17 points.

In the 1999/2000 academic year, Hugo took a post-graduate course in Ethnicity and Nationalism at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences of the “Universiteit Van Amsterdam” and completed the course with a final average of 8 points out of 10.

On his return to Portugal, Hugo completed his master’s field research work on young institutionalised delinquents “Delinquency in Black and White. A study of young people undergoing reinsertion”, published in 2005 in n.º 1 of the theses collection of the High Commissariat for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities).  He defended his master’s thesis in October 2002, achieving maximum marks.

In 2001, Hugo also attended the “Juvenile Delinquency” module of the criminology post-graduate course at the Law Faculty of the “Universidade do Porto” and was nominated as a planning area consultant for the legislative policy and planning office of the Ministry of Justice, a position which he held until mid-2005. During that period he collaborated in numerous Portuguese Justice Ministry projects including the following: setting the dimensions of various legislative reforms; the revision of the Penal Execution Law; revision of the Penal Execution Courts’ Law; the Committee for Studying and Debating the Reform of the Prison System (presided over by Prof. Freitas do Amaral), the Justice Letter project, the Hermes project for reformulating judicial statistics and the assessment of the appeals system.

In 2003, he was awarded a scholarship from the Luso-American Foundation for Development for a research project, coordinated by Maria João Valente Rosa, into the contribution of immigrants in Portuguese demographics. The final report of the project on the role of foreign nationality populations in Portugal was published by the Immigration Observatory in February 2004.

In the 2003/04 academic year Hugo registered in the sociology doctoral programme at the “Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa”, and is currently carrying out the field work and preparing his dissertation.

He has collaborated actively with Númena since 2001, initially through the RAXEN project and later carrying out research into foreigners and crime jointly with Tiago Santos (“Foreign Criminality in Portugal, a scientific enquiry”, published by the Immigration Observatory in 2005, and “Foreign Prisoners in Portugal, the problems of support”, to be published at the start of 2006).

Hugo is currently Vice-President of Númena, is continuing his doctoral research work and is a part-time consultant for the Health and Human Development Service of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (immigration area).

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