Meet the Research Groups

and the research lines


The Interdisciplinary Center for Research in Communication and Cyberculture of the Graduate Studies Program in Communication and Semiotics of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PEPGCOS/PUC-SP) constitutes an academic institution within the Communication field.
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Cities and Territories

The “Cities and Territories” Research Group aims to develop studies and research on the dynamics of cities and expressions of diversity and social inequalities that take shape in their different territories, challenging the responses of social policies. Read more.


The Center for Social Semiotics Research (CPS, Centro de Pesquisas Sociossemióticas) aims to develop studies and analyzes that clarify the contents, the workings and ways of generation and apprehension of meaning in the different social discourses and practices.
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Image, Metropolises and Juvenile cultures

The Image, Metropolises and Juvenile cultures group has been active since 2002, and is related to teaching, research, extension, orientation in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs and management in public policies.
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Urban Young People

The research group “Urban Young People” (Department of Anthropology – Graduate Studies Program in Social Sciences / Faculty of Social Sciences – PUCSP) has been active since 2002 and makes up the set of proposals of the CNPq Research Group.
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The Center for Studies and Research on Social Movements intends to be an interdisciplinary space of theoretical studies about the bibliographic production related to the field, conducting researches, preparing texts for publication, presentations and discussions.
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NEPUR, which is tied to the Graduate Studies Program in Social Sciences of PUCSP, was founded in 1983. Up to the present date several projects have been developed, including studies by professors, as well as master’s and doctoral students.
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NEXIN was officially created in 1994, when it was registered as a Research Group in the CNPq directory, but its conception dates back to the second half of the 1980s, in the heart of the Center for Studies of the Fundamental Categories of Psychism.
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Observatory of Metropolises

Today we comprise a group that operates as a virtual institute, bringing together 159 researchers (97 of which are lead researchers) and 59 institutions belonging to the university (graduate programs), governmental (state foundations and the city hall) and non-governmental spheres.
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Observatory of Metropolises East Side

The Observatory of the East Side is institutionally and academically tied to the Observatory of Metropolises-São Paulo Center, with headquarters at PUC-SP, a participant in the network of twelve research centers distributed all over the country.
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Territories and displacements in the city of São Paulo

The Group aims to research the Portuguese territories in the city of São Paulo, based on the analysis of the institutionalization of this territoriality focusing on Casa de Portugal, Casa dos Açores and Casa da Ilha da Madeira.

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