Paulo Granjo is PhD in Social Anthropology (ISCTE, 2001), Prize Sedas Nunes for his book «We Work on a Gunpowder Barrel», Man and Danger at Sines Oil Refinery (2007), and pioneer of industrial anthropology in Portugal and Mozambique.
His subsequent researches in both countries cover a broad range of thematic fields (divination and healing, sorcery, family practices and bridewhealth, lynchings and violent protests, veterans’ social reintegration, discrimination of albinos and twins, adaptation to climate change, labour precariousness), but always focusing on his major theoretical interests: the social conceptualizations and responses to hazards and affliction, using his concept of “domestication of uncertainty systems”; and the equation of complexity in the analysis of social phenomena, with inspiration in the “chaos theories”.
Several of the 10 books and more than 50 articles which resulted from such researches (see the item “Publications”) are studied in courses from Portuguese, Brazilian, Mozambican, USA, Dutch and Angolan universities.
Paulo Granjo started teaching in 1999, as Visiting Professor of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), where he contributed until 2006 for the training of the first generations of anthropologists graduated in Mozambique. Besides his continuous participation in the Master and PhD programs of ICS-ULisboa, he was as well Guest Professor at ULHT, FLUL and FCSH-UNL.
He his member of ICS's Scientific Board and Post-graduate Studies Board, as well as Honorary Member by Merit of AMETRAMO (Mozambican Association of Traditional Healers) and Corresponding Researcher of UEM’s Centre of African Studies.