Theme 17 - Reduction Of Extreme And Lasting Social Inequalities


The theme of extreme and lasting social inequalities that characterize Brazilian society has been central and transversal in all disciplines of the Social and Human Sciences. Following the debate on the essence and the character of the Brazilian people, the question has been fundamental since the setting up of Humanities in the decades that follow the declaration of the Republic and its institutionalization in the Brazilian universities, created as of the second half of the 1930s. Social Inequalities and the tradition of debates around the essential and supposedly unique traits of Brazilian society, have contributed to attracting to our country and universities the attention of researchers and foreign research groups. In fact, the main phenomena that make us internationally interesting are, tragically, our extreme inequalities and the cultural forms and arrangements that have developed as a consequence and thanks to them. UFBA holds a consolidated tradition of research on inequalities. The theme of "Reducing Social Inequalities" by means of measures of inclusion and assistance to the permanence of the less privileged students at the university, has been the object of several programs and measures of great magnitude on the part of university management at UFBA, a pioneer in the inclusion of subaltern groups, and in the reduction of social inequalities at university level. We therefore open the possibility of international comparative research and the creation of transnational research and teaching networks through intellectual qualifying actions – Doctorate Schools – within an interdisciplinary and international nature. These teaching and research activities will involve Brazilian and foreign professors and researchers, organized in missions of visiting professors (senior, junior), post doctorate, and doctorate student research. In addition, in these missions, international exchanges of concepts and theories on Social Inequalities will be established, as will the comparative perspective. As a result of these initiatives, we anticipate two: (1) the promotion of internationalization of graduate education in two directions: introducing new ideas and foreign researchers at UFBA and promoting our graduate students and professors, and (2) contributing to the improvement of collaboration and exchange (missions) between UFBA graduate programs, inducing both student, and faculty mobility at various levels: state, regional, national and international


To raise the internationalization level of the research carried out on the theme reduction of extreme and lasting social inequalities


We will seek to raise the level of internationalization of research and postgraduate training related to this subject by supporting the means that favor the international circulation of knowledge. These include, inter alia, support for publication in foreign languages, in particular in English; support for doctoral internships abroad in the form of doctorate sandwich scholarships; support for the stays and missions of our researchers in the research centers abroad with which the theme is developed; attraction of researchers with internationalized experience for visits and stays at the Universidade Federal da Bahia.

Partner Countries

  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • France
  • The United Kingdom
  • Mozambique
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • India
  • The United States
  • China
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Argentina
  • South Korea
  • Cabo Verde
  • Colombia

Programas Participantes