Title: YOUNGMOB-Facing youngsters’ mobile addiction through an innovative technological app


Members CARME: Neuza Ribeiro, Susana Rodrigues, Alzira Marques

External partners: Universitat de Valencia (Spain); Universitat de Burgos (Spain); Gestionet Multimedia, S.L.(Spain); Instituto de Educación Secundaria Pintor Luis Sáez (Spain); Media, Educazione, Comunità (Italy); Center Spirala (Slovenia)

Funding Entities:

Erasmus +, Call 2019 Round 1 KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for school education


YOUNGMOB is addressed to deliver practical tools for parents and school teachers to promote a correct use of smartphones and avoid or reduce addictive behaviours; and a set of recommendations also for policy makers to prevent mobile addiction.


Title: Education for the Sustainable Development Goals: diagnoses, perspectives and challenges in Brazilian business schools.


Members CARME: Teresa Eugénio

External partners:

Sónia Maria Gomes – Full Professor at the Federal University of Baia (Brasil) – Leader

The team brings together 11 researchers and 3 students from several Brazilian institutions such as the Federal Universities of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Santa Catarina; the Federal Institute of Bahia, the Feira de Santana State University, the Visconde de Cairu Foundation and the Anísio Teixeira Faculty. And Portuguese: Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave and Polytechnic Institute of Leira.

Funding Entities:

CNPq – National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) – Brazil.


The project aims to study the process of training professionals, from the business area, in the Brazilian scenario from 2016 to 2020, in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the analysis of their didactic pedagogical possibilities, the study seeks to contribute in the proposition of a methodological approach of teaching in a transforming educational perspective. We hope to obtain theoretical and empirical evidences that, besides providing subsidies for proposing a methodological approach to teaching, may contribute to suggesting the creation of public policies and pedagogical order. It also seeks to incorporate, in the training of professionals of the business area, a concept that broadens the reflexive and critical action of the professional and citizen reality. That promotes the interaction and intervention of sustainable development.


REINOVA – SI (Re-industrialization of the agro-food sector – Sustainability and Innovation)


Members CARME: Eduarda Fernandes (PI) and Susana Rodrigues

Principal Research Unit: CARME – Centre of Applied Research Management and Economics

External partners: IDDNET, ITACyL, Asociación Empresarial Centro Tecnológico Nacional Agroalimentario “Extremadura”, Cámara Oficial de Comercio, Industria y Servicios de Badajoz, OPEN, Vitartis, ADRAL, Cámara Oficial de Comercio, Industria y Servicios de Valladolid, InovCluster, Instituto Politécnico Castelo Branco, CATAA

Funding Entities: FEDER (POCTEP)


The project aims to encourage the launching of new products by agro-food SMEs, which respond to new market trends (natural products, with sustainable processes). Its specific objectives are: to design a new consulting model tailored to SMEs in the sector, creating easier and quicker adaptation of processes based on circular economy (EC) practices. Additionally it aims to create a model of international cooperation that will effectively implement the circularity principle. As a result of the good practices developed, a greater stimulus to eco-innovation is expected.


  Observatory for Territorial Cohesion

Members CARME: Ana Sargento, Ana Sofia Lopes e Eduarda Fernandes.

The Observatory for Territorial Cohesion (OCT) aims to provide useful information on
public policies for the cohesion of the national territory, as an instrument to support the administration and decision – contributing to the transparency and improvement of the services provided to citizens, companies and the State administration itself.

September 2018-September 2020 (Project co-financed by FEDER through COMPETE2020; Ref.: POCI-02-0550-FEDER-040217).


Study for the anticipation of the needs of qualifications in the region of Leiria

Member CARME: Ana Sofia Lopes

This project aims to support the process of concertation and planning for the provision of level 4 professional courses for the Leiria Region.

To this end, a diagnosis of mid-level qualification needs in this region will be developed, by using several statistical sources as well as surveys, interviews and workshops with the stakeholders, envisioned to identify the recent trends in demand and supply of qualifications and to anticipate the needs of qualifications from the point of view of employers.

Through the identification of qualification priorities and an offer adjusted to the needs, we intend to contribute to the economic development and employability of the region.

Duration: 8 months (2018-2019)

Partners: CIMRL (Intermunicipal community of the region of Leiria)


Member CARME: Eduarda Fernandes.

The project aims to define and identify the different organizational models in agriculture and forestry at the commercialization level, focusing essentially on the European and national reality. The diagnosis of the Portuguese forestry sector is carried out considering the organization of the production and the joint management carried out by the different organizations selected for study. The elaboration of a manual of joint management is one output of the project, which will be based on the diagnostic done with the selected organizations. In addition, this manual also addresses the issues of forest products commercialization and the advantages of the commercialization organizations.

january 2019 – june 2020 (financed by PDR2020).

Partners: FENAFLORESTA; Associação Florestal do Concelho de Ansião; ANEFA; Fórum Florestal.

Care4Value | Enhancing value creation in long-term care units integrated in private welfare institutions
Responsible researcher: Ana Sargento


CARE4VALUE aims to develop and implement a model of management control information system, which maximizes value creation (defined as health outcomes per unity of cost) in long-term care providers. The model will be developed and tested on the basis of an intervention to be carried out in a long-term care unit, using a pilot project approach. The following innovative results are expected

– Integrated model of data collection, processing, analyzing, comparison and reporting, revealing the relation between costs and health outcomes

– Innovative, practice embedded and patient-centered tools to data collection (including a mobile application to collect caregivers’ data)

These results will support decision making by managers and practioners, aiming at organization’s quality, efficiency and sustainability

August 2017-September 2019 (Project co-financed by FCT and COMPETE2020; Ref.: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-23248).

Partners: Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Batalha, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra

More information and publications:


Coastal Forest Recovery Program
  Members: Eduarda Fernandes


This project involves a joint collaboration among several partners, aiming to: assess the effects of forest fires, promoting emergency stabilization, rehabilitation of burned forests, long-term recovery and public participation and awareness.

Partners: Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Universidade de Lisboa), Politécnico de Coimbra, Politécnico de Bragança, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Universidade de Aveiro e Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária.


Local Action Plan for Urban Regeneration of Municipality of Batalha
  Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento e Eduarda Fernandes


This project aimed at the promotion of a sustainable urban environment and regeneration of the intervention areas of the historical center and riverside area of Vila da Batalha. The research team, in cooperation with the municipality of Batalha, collaborated in the planning of integrated and coherent objectives and actions, materialized through the public and private projects which were submitted to European Regional Development Fund financing program. The application received the approval of the the evaluating agency, resulting in the allocation of 2,7 million euros of ERDF to this municipality, which will partially support the development of the public and private projects approved.


(resulting publication available at

jan2016 – jun2016

Partners: Município da Batalha

  Ansião Strategic Plan for 2014-2020
  Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento e Eduarda Fernandes


The objective of this project consisted in the development of Ansião Strategic Plan for 2014-2020, using participatory decision-making techniques. The plan was elaborated with the participation, in all phases, of a group of stakeholders of Ansião, composed by 27 members from different areas of economic activity, and facilitated by the research team.

(resulting publication available at

Sep2014 – Dec2015

Partners: Municipality of Ansião

  Local Development Strategy fot Terras de Sicó, Local Action Group
Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento, Eduarda Fernandes e Jacinta Moreira.


Fellow Researcher: Eduardo Lavrador

The project consisted in the elaboration of a local development strategy for the territory of Sicó (composed of six municipalities belonging to Leiria and Coimbra NUT III regions), as well as in the definition of the corresponding action and investment programs and the governance model. Community Based Local Development (CLLD) is one of the instruments for financing territorial development that is foreseen under the 2014-2020 European Funding framework, aiming to promote, in specific territories, local development and the diversification of the economies of rural and coastal areas as well as social innovation. The local development strategy served as the basis of Terras de Sicó application to CLLD instrument, under ERDF, having received the approval and resulting in the allocation of 4,5 million euros, which will support the development local entrepreneurship and social innovation projects.

(resulting publication available at

jun2014 – sep2015

Partners: Terras de Sicó – Associação de Desenvolvimento

  Strategic Plan “Leiria, Região de Excelência”
  Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento e Eduarda Fernandes


The project consisted in the elaboration of a local development strategy for Leiria Region, in a close collaboration with the main regional partners

Partners: promoted by NERLEI – Associação Empresarial de Leiria, in partnership with IPLeiria, CIMPL – Comunidade Intermunicipal do Pinhal Litoral and ADLEI – Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Leiria. Financed by Programa Operacional Mais Centro

resulting publication available at



EMSURE –  Energy and Mobility for Sustainable Regions
  Members CARME: Ana Sargento 


Project led by University of Coimbra (

The challenge of the project consists of developing models, methods and technologies to assist decision makers and companies in making the Portuguese Centro Region truly sustainable as far as energy and mobility are concerned.

Partners: University de Coimbra, ADAI, MARE, INESC.

Project co-financed by QREN (Program “Mais Centro”) and European Union (Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional). Ref.: CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004.


DEMOSPIN –  Economically Sustainable DEMOgraphy – ReverSing Decline in Peripheral RegIoNs
  Members CARME: Ana Sargento 


Project led by University of Aveiro (

DEMOSPIN research project purpose was to develop a tool to support the definition of policy strategies concerning the development of demographically depressed regions. The methodology combined demographic projections techniques with growth and regional development models. The outputs allowed to develop and evaluate different scenarios for the population evolution in regions located in the interior of Portugal up to 2030, and to study potential options to revert the demographic decline of these areas..

Partners: University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra, University of Beira Interior, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.

Projeto co-financed by FEDER (COMPETE) and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Ref. PTDC/CS-DEM/100530/2008).