Global Studies, nowadays under significant expansion, are building an epistemological field which will allow the circumscription of an emerging disciplinary area that we may call as a globalogy. Globalogy is, on a general definition, a science that seeks to understand the world in the process of globalisation, in its history and in the complexity of its present state, characterised by exchange movements, by the interactions between human communities spread all over the planet Earth, which have generated, and continue to generate, interrelations, inter-fertilizations and metamorphoses in the most diverse planes (cultural, economic, political, religious, social, among others).

This globalising movement, thanks to the various (physical and virtual) mobilities, facilitated and accelerated lately by the exponential development of information and transport technologies, has given rise to an ever more acute awareness that the human being is integrated in a world that has a planetary dimension and needs to (and can) be better understood if it is seen as being included in a wider totality and sensitive to its interactions, although from its being-locally-in-the-world.
This means that its understanding of the world will always be “glocal”, that is, based on the reality in which it was born, formed and shaped its identity. In essence, the global is a composite reality, integrating the very diverse localities and their interactions.

Global Studies aim at the multifocal and multidirectional study of the metamorphic relationship between the local and the global. They are a science insofar as their scope is to understand, but they may associate technique, provided that this effort to understand may interconnect with the need to establish objectives that may create intervention instruments to improve what we may call the global field, in its various problematic dimensions and in the relationship between the human environment and the environment, whether natural or social.

Within the framework of these and other debates, of different theoretical perspectives and narratives that propose various hermeneutic approaches to understanding challenges and that are oriented towards the search for solutions to the dilemmas in today’s world, Global Studies presents itself as a privileged interdisciplinary field of research, which aims not only to take part in the debate and to find tools for understanding a global world but also to contribute to the construction of a developed and harmonious world, by qualifying the relations between peoples and cultures on the basis of values such as justice, equanimity, fraternity, pluralism, respect for difference and the promotion of a sustainable harmonic relationship between human beings and the natural environment.

The editorial project Understanding Globalisation – Collection of Global Studies aims to offer a qualified space to promote the dissemination of critical knowledge on issues and problems in the light of Global Studies, namely studies produced in Portuguese.


Published works: 

  • Globalização como Problema. Temas de Estudos Globais, coord. By José Eduardo Franco and João Relvão Caetano, Coimbra, Coimbra University Press, 2020.

         ISBN: 978-989-26-1983-5

         ISBN digital: 978-989-26-1984-2




  • Utopia Global do Espírito Santo, scientific coord. by José Eduardo Franco and António Manuel Ribeiro Rebelo, 3 vols., Coimbra, Coimbra University Press  2021.


         vol. 1 – 978-989-26-2170-8

         vol. 2 – 978-989-26-2172-2

         vol. 3 – 978-989-26-2174-6

         ISBN digital:

         vol. 1 – 978-989-26-2171-5

         vol. 2 – 978-989-26-2173-9

         vol. 3 – 978-989-26-2176-0


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  • Vieira, Místico da Ação Global, authored by Eugénia Abrantes, Coimbra, Coimbra
    University Press, 2022.

         ISBN: 978-989-26-2220-0

         ISBN digital: 978-989-26-2221-7



  • Repensar Portugal, a Europa e a Globalização: Saber Padre Manuel Antunes, SJ – 100 Anos, scientific coord. by José Eduardo Franco and Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, Coimbra, Coimbra University Press, 2022.

         ISBN: 978-989-26-2224-8

         ISBN digital: 978-989-26-2225-5





e-Letras com Vida – Revista de Estudos Globais: Humanidades, Ciências e Artes [e- LCV] is a biannual scientific publication of the Aberta University’s Centre for Global Studies (CEG/UAb) and the Father Manuel Antunes European Institute of Cultural Sciences (IECCPMA). It aims to disseminate, at, original studies on Literature, especially when seen in its cultural inscription and from a global perspective, in dialogue with History, Philosophy, Arts and Sciences.

ISSN: 2184-4097





The Video Journal of Social and Human Research (VJSHR) is a biannual scientific publication, resulting from the partnership established between the Aberta University (UAb) in Portugal and the Maranhao Sate University (UEMA), in Brazil. The video journal’s editorial policy integrates audio-visual approaches to Social Sciences and human research, as well as topics related to political reality, intercultural communication, globalization education and social, economic, and linguistic diversity of contemporary societies. It also seeks to critically reflect on global issues from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective, especially in the context of the role of societies and people in these processes. The VJSHR seeks to provide a platform for interdisciplinary research and aims to establish a new frontier in social and human publishing regarding scientific communication in video article format. The VJSHR adopts a policy of free/open access to all published content, promoting free consultation of the video articles as well as facilitating the dissemination of the work developed by the authors/researchers.