Beatriz Padilla

Associate Professor


Office: FAO 255


Beatriz Padilla has a Ph.D. and Masters in Sociology (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Masters in Public Affairs (University of Texas, Austin, United States), and a BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration (National University of Cuyo, Argentina). Currently, she is Associate Professor at University of South Florida and an associated researcher at Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). She was Principal Investigator at ISCTE-IUL (2016-2018), Heath Visiting Professor at Grinnell College (2018) and Associate Professor at University of Minho (2013-2015). She has been a consultant for the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) in several occasions and for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2007.

She is involved in several national and international research projects and networks. She coordinates an IRSES project on Multilevel Governance of Cultural Diversity in Comparative Perspective: Europe - Latin America – GOVDIV (2014-2018). She is Principal Investigator in Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage – UPWEB, funded by EC and Norface (2015-2018) and in “Refugium – Building Shelter Cities and New Welcoming Cultures. Link between European Universities and Schools in Human Rights”, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports & Erasmus +, European Commission (2016-2019). She is a consultant for IOM on the project on health and migration entitled “Promoting integrations through health equity” (2017-2018).

Her lines of research are migration, diversity, gender, health, inequalities and public policies. Recently, she co-edited a book on International Migrations and Public Policies in Portugal (Mundo Sociais, 2018), and another entitled Gender and mobility in present time / Género e mobilidades no tempo presente is in Press, coedited with Assis, Glaucia, and França, Thais, UDESC: Florianopolis.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001