Filipe Carreira da Silva


A sociologist by training, his main areas of interest are social and political theory, citizenship studies and intellectual history. In this website you will find information on his books and articles, collaborative research projects, teaching and much more. If you want to know more about his ideas, just click on one of the themes on the left. Filipe Carreira da Silva, Research Professor of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, has a joint appointment with Selwyn College, Cambridge. In 2017, and again in 2023, he was awarded the Prémio Científico Universidade de Lisboa/CGD for his scientific research activity. He edits the book series "Theory Workshop: New Frontiers in Social and Political Theory" since 2018. He is Associate Editor for sociology in the journal Análise Social (2021-).

You can follow his op-eds in the daily newspaper Público in here.

Coming Soon


  • Colonial Senses. Colonial Sensorial Regimes and the Anti-Colonial Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2024) 
  • Democratic Resentment. A Global History of Populism from the American Populists to the Present Day (Oxford University Press, 2025)

Recent Updates


  • Theory Workshop: New Frontiers of Social and Political Theory (Brill) Series webpage available in here.


  • The Politics of the Book   (Penn State University Press, 2019)
  • Sociology in Portugal. A Short History   (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • Teoria Social Contemporânea   (Lisboa: Mundos Sociais, 2014)
  • Os Portugueses e o Estado-Providência   (Lisboa: ICS, 2013)


  • Special Issue: "A Pandemia da Covid-19 e o Futuro: Desafios para as Ciências Sociais", Análise Social 2023, Vol. LVIII (246). Edited with R. Gouveia, S. Aboim and S. Tulumello. [online]

  • Symposia “Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions, Vol. 2". Edited with Roberto Frega. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy. 2012 4(1).  Complete issue available in here.


  • Amilcar Cabral, Colonial Soil and the Politics of Insubmission (Theory, Culture & Society, 2024)
  • Race and Populism. A Comparative Study of Thatcherism, Peronism and the American Populists (European Journal of Sociology. 2024)
  • Decolonising the Earth: Anticolonial Environmentalism and the Soil of Empire. Theory, Culture & Society, 2023)
  • Politics with Objects? On the Affective Materiality of Contentious Politics. (Acta Sociologica, 2023)  
  • Can a Colonial Flag become a Banner for Democracy? The Case of the Dragon and Lion Flag in the 2019 Hong Kong Protests. (Current Sociology, 2023)
  • Populist Things. A Study on the Materiality of Political Ideas. (Sociology Compass, 2023)
  • Populism and Nationalism Revisited: A Comparative Study of the Spanish and Portuguese New Left (Nations and Nationalism, 2022)