João Francisco Pereira

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João Francisco Silva Sousa Pereira has been, since 2020, a PhD student in History, with a specialization in Contemporary History, at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNL). He completed the Integrated Masters in Theology (2013-2018). He concluded this cycle of studies with the presentation of the dissertation A Catholic politician in the time of Enlightenment: Religion in Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo. Since 2020, he has been a researcher at the Center for Religious History Studies (UCP-CEHR) and a researcher at the Center for Functional Ecology (CEF-UC) at the FCSH-UNL hub corresponding to the History, Territories and Communities (HTC) center. He is also a PhD Fellow at the Foundation for Science and Technology. He has worked on various aspects of resistance to the Estado Novo. His preferred areas of research are the local history of the Setúbal region, religious history and the history of Portuguese dioceses. He has focused his study on the history of the process of creating the diocese of Setúbal (1966-1975).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Mestrado Integrado em Teologia


PhD, Doutoramento em História, NOVA University Lisbon

2020 → …

External positions

História, Territórios e Comunidades, NOVA University Lisbon


  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • D204 Modern History


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