The Centre for Studies in Human Development | CEDH is a research unit of Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto Regional Centre), aimed at fostering research and advanced training programs in areas related to Human Development.

Created in 2013 (see here the dispatch and regulation), CEDH is organized around three research groups:

         (a) Public Interest Polices and Human Development

         (b) Human, Organizational and Professional Development, Curriculum and Evaluation in Education

         (c) Psychological Development, Vulnerabilities and Well-being

CEDH considers diverse yet complementary angles from the fields of Education, Psychology, Social Work and other social sciences. The Centre’s conceptual research agenda can be summarized in line with general tenets of lifespan approach, which emphasizes conceptual and methodological issues in the study of human development, providing a general script for formulating research questions in more specific domains of interest.

CEDH’s projects examine how development occurs under diverse circumstances, particularly concerning vulnerabilities related to: ageing, mental health problems, institutionalization and custody, violence experiences, migrations, learning difficulties, early school drop-out and unemployment. In addition, CEDH’s projects focus different settings, like Education, Justice, Health, Work, Social Protection Institutions and raise the question of which effects do such settings have on people’s development over the lifespan. CEDH is also concerned in developing research that supports intervention practices that contribute to the promotion of positive developmental trajectories and to the reduction of negative impacts of vulnerabilities.

At a broader level, the research questions posed at CEDH examine how human development is marked by the current social historical context and how it affects the course of history itself.

At CEDH researchers from different backgrounds work together on content specific and interdisciplinary projects according to the following research lines:

  1. Exclusion, Social Inclusion and Citizenship
  2. Professions and Human Development
  3. Territory, Community and Knowledge
  4. School Organizations: leadership, grammar of schooling, success and dropout, professional development, evaluation practice and school improvement
  5. Teaching and Learning, classroom climate
  6. Mental Health: Challenges in a changing society
  7. Family processes in a changing society