Tiago Fernandes (PhD European University Institute, Florence, 2009) is associate professor (with habilitation) in the department of political science and public policy at the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE (Portugal). He works on the politics of democracy, social movements and civil society, with a regional specialization on Southern Europe. Before coming to ISCTE, he was for twenty years in the faculty of Nova University of Lisbon, where he taught in the departments of sociology and political studies, was director of graduate studies and head of the department of political studies, and served in the directive board of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI). Recent publications include Civil Society, Democracy, and Inequality: Cross-Regional Comparisons (1970s-2010s), Special Issue of Comparative Politics (2017) (co-edited), Memories and Movements. The Legacy of Democratic Transitions in Contemporary Anti-Austerity Protest (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Late neoliberalism and its discontents: Comparing crises and movements in the European periphery (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016) (co-authored) and Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe, 1968-2016: A Comparison of France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain (Social Sciences Press, Lisbon, 2018) (edited).
Together with Staffan Lindberg of the Varieties of Democracy Institute of the University of Gothenburg, he directs the project Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe, which focuses on the causes and consequences of democratization in the region from the 1960s to the present and is funded by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (https://www.v-dem.net/en/regional-centers/southern-europe/). He also coordinates the Portuguese team of the project Disobedient Democracy, led by Danijela Dolenec at the University of Zagreb and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which looks at the causes and patterns of protest in the Southwest and Southeast regions of Europe (https://disdem.org/) and is part of the team of Solidarity as a Principle of Labour Law: Actors, Institutions and policies, a research project led by Julia Lopez of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, which explores the new forms of social and political solidarity emerging in different parts of the world.
He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and head of the regional center for Southern Europe of the Varieties of Democracy network, based at the University of Gothenburg. He was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the Juan March Foundation (Madrid) and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and is the recipient of the Gulbenkian Foundation award for the best article in the social sciences and the Best PhD Dissertation prize of the Portuguese Political Science Association.
Before starting his academic career, he took a BA in Sociology (minors in History and Philosophy) and an MPhil in Historical Sociology at Nova University of Lisbon and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence). He also passed the national examinations for the diplomatic service at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he briefly attended the attaché training course (1997).