Leonor Bettencourt Rodrigues
Postdoctoral researcher (DCT) with a PhD in Social, Environmental and Community Psychology (ISCTE_IUL). Her research interests and career have focused on social policies, mostly in terms of the design and evaluation of social responses directed to vulnerable social groups (e.g. at-risk children, elderly people) and of the decision making involved in those responses.
She has participated in international action-research studies (CIS/ISCTE-IUL) with the two biggest Portuguese residential care state institutions as partners (Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa e Casa Pia de Lisboa). Between 2013 and 2017, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in several research projects in ICS-ULisboa on the topic of social policies related to children, elderly people, families and parenthood, funded by Calouste Gulbenkian/UNICEF Foundation, European Commission or EEA Grants. Since June 2017, she is developing her postdoctoral project (FCT) on the complexity and ambivalence that emerges from the cognitive, emotional, normative and value-laden factors involved in the decision making about out-of-home placement for at-risk children.
Keywords: Decision making; Ambivalence; Child Protection; Social Policies; Gender Roles