ArgLab wins the Collaborative Research Award Santander Totta / NOVA

September 12, 2017

ArgLab researcher, Dima Mohammed is one of the winners of the  Collaborative Research Award Santander Totta / NOVA 2017. Together with Catherine Moury (IPRI-FCSH) &  João Leite (NOVA LINCS-FCT), she is Principal Researcher of the project The Politics of constraints: Discursive strategies in a three-level game. The award-winning research seeks to determine how political decision-makers in Portugal, France and Spain legitimize their public policy choices in public opinion at a time when governments are strongly constrained by international actors, particularly by the European Union and the financial markets. The multidisciplinarity of the team allowed to develop an innovative methodology that analyzes both qualitative and quantitative argumentative discourse. The intention is to advance knowledge in these three fields (Political Science, Argumentation and Computation) and create opportunities to build future interdisciplinary collaborations.


Full info

Project: The Politics of Constraint: discursive strategies in a three-level game

Funding Source: Collaborative Research Award Santander Totta/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Participant Institutions: IPRI-NOVA, IFILNOVA & NOVA LINCS

Timeframe: September 2017 - August 2018

Abstract: This project is about political actors’ discourses and their effects on citizens. In times in which governments are much constrained by international actors (such as financial speculators and European Union) we wish to understand how policy-makers - in Portugal, France and Spain - legitimate their choices to the public. We additionally study whether and how politicians manage to reconcile these discourses with the political legitimation of their function, as discourses of ‘non alternative’ might make them appear powerless and indistinguishable. We also look at how non-governing actors, such as Trade Union, engage discursively with governments in such circumstances. Finally, we study how “ordinary citizens” perceive and discuss the arguments made by political actors. The project brings together political scientists and argumentation scholars from FCSH and computer scientists from FCT; allowing for an innovative methodology that qualitatively and quantitatively analyses argumentative discourse. Our intention is to foster advancement in the three fields and create opportunities to build further interdisciplinary collaboration.

Members of the Team:

Adam Standring
Angie Gago
Catherine Moury (Coordinator IPRI-NOVA)
Daniel Cardoso
Dima Mohammed (Coordinator IFILNOVA)
Elisabetta De Giorgi
João Leitão
João Leite (Coordinator NOVA LINCS)
Marcin Lewinski
Pellegrino Cammino
Teresa Romão


More info here, and here.


Back to previous page


All Events

Workshop: Communication and metaphors for health. An educational challenge

The workshop discusses the importance of communication and metaphors in…

June 01, 2018

Inês Hipólito, 30th May 15:00 - 16:00

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Perception as Cognition: Beyond…

May 30, 2018

Dima Mohammed, 28 May 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Proposals for the examination of networked…

May 28, 2018

Jakob Krebs, 16 May, 15h to 16h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Pictorial Models, Imagination, and…

May 16, 2018

Mehmet Ali Üzelgün, 14 May 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Level, focus, and force of argumentative…

May 14, 2018

Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and the Self

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Workshop "Virtualism and the Mind"

April 23, 2018

João Leite, 16 April 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "An Online Social Debating System"

April 16, 2018

Klaus Gärtner, 20 Mar, 2018, 14.30h to 15.30h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"4E Cognition: Radical or…

March 20, 2018

Javier Gonzalez de Prado Salas, 19 March 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Reasoning as a self-doubter"

March 19, 2018

Erich Rast, 16.3., Sala 1.05 ID, 16h

Value Seminar Session with Erich Rast, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 16, 2018

Value Seminar Marcin Lewiński, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Marcin Lewiński, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 09, 2018

Value Seminar Dima Mohammed, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Dima Mohammed, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 02, 2018

The 1st European Conference on Argumentation

International Conference | Argumentation and Reasoned Action

June 09, 2015


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa