Research Areas

CIEQV is organized in 6 scientific areas. Every research line has different scientific topics. The researchers will work in every scientific area by affinity interests however not excluding the possibility of working in an area resulting from the interconnection of the different research lines.

The 6 scientific areas:

Motor behavior: this research area covers the study of motor behavior, human motricity disorders, and the body’s interaction with the environment;

Organizational dynamics: this research area covers the study of  individual and collective dynamics, in particular the social influence, the organizations dynamics and their influence on individual and organizational life quality; the life quality in various contexts (urban, rural); the life quality at work;

Food production and technology / Food  behavior: this research area covers the study of human behavior concerning food and its specialized production;

Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles:  this research area covers  the physical activity and their relationship to healthy lifestyles;

Education and training: this research area covers the study of competence skills of trainers and trainees; teaching models; creation and innovation of technological tools that promote and enhance skills and knowledge;

Individual and community health: this area helps to build a research agenda focused on people, throughout the life cycle, and their health care needs.


1 Arménio Rego, Andreia Vitória, Tânia Ribeiro, Leonor Ribeiro, Rui Lourenço-Gil, Susana Leal & Miguel Pina e Cunha 2020 Attitudes and HRM decisions toward older workers in Africa: exploring contradictions through an empirical study, The International Journal of Human The International Journal of Human 10.1080/09585192.2019.1710720
2 Filipe Rodrigues, Diogo S. Teixeira, Henrique P. Neiva, Luís Cid and Diogo Monteiro 2020 Understanding Exercise Adherence: The Predictability of Past Experience and Motivational Determinants. Brain Sci. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 98 10.3390/brainsci10020098
3 Rui Matos, Nuno Amaro, Richard Pollard 2020 How best to quantify home advantage in team sports: an investigation involving male senior handball leagues in Portugal and Spain. RICYDE. Revista internacional de ciencias del deporte, 59(16), 12-23 10.5232/ricyde2020.05902
4 Alesi, Marianna; Gómez-López, Manuel; Chicau Borrego, Carla; Monteiro, Diogo; Granero-Gallegos, Antonio. 2019 Effects of a Motivational Climate on Psychological Needs Satisfaction, Motivation and Commitment in Teen Handball Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (15): 2702. 10.3390/ijerph16152702




CIEQV benefits in particularly from IPS’s (Instituto Politécnico de Santarém) existing facilities at the School of Sports ,  School of Agriculture and the School of Health, in particularly their laboratories and equipment. In this regard, we can highlight the laboratories of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Technology, Research in Sports, Sport Psychology, Pedagogy in Sports and Fitness labs, among others.

The unit also benefits from IPL’s (Politécnico de Leiria), existing facilities at the School of Education and Social Sciences, the School of Tourism and Sea Technology and the School of Health, in particularly their laboratories and equipment. In this regard, we can highlight the following laboratories: Sensory Analysis, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Food Technology, Mobilization and Mechanical Therapy, Electrotherapy or Techniques Adapted to the Disabled, among others.