Pedro Hespanha holds a PhD in Sociology, is Professor at the Faculty of Economics of Coimbra and is a founding member of the Center for Social Studies. Coordinator of the Research Group for Social Policies, Labor and Inequalities (POSTRADE) at this Center and of the Group of Studies on Solidary Economy integrated into the same Research Group. He has researched and published in the areas of rural studies, social policies, sociology of medicine, poverty and social exclusion. He has been a visiting professor at several foreign universities. He is co-editor of the books Dicionário Internacional da Outra Economia and Economia Solidária: questões teóricas e epistemológicas and of the special issue of the Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais on “Os desafios da Economia Solidária”.