Cláudia de Freitas

Integrated Member (PhD)

Department: Health and Society
Research Group: Social Epidemiology


Cláudia de Freitas is Associate Researcher at the Institute of Public Health and Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Utrecht University, a Master in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Licentiate degree in Psychology from the University of Coimbra.


She is interested in public and patient involvement in data governance, health care and research, with a focus on genetic and reproductive technologies and its implications for health policy. She also engages in research about migration and inequalities in health.


Cláudia leads the project DATAGov - Public participation in health data governance. She is technical advisor to the University of Limerick’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Migrants Involvement in Health Research on a policy guidance to support migrant participation in health research partnerships and she took part in both rounds of evaluation of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) - Health Indicator for Portugal (2015, 2020).


She serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Sociology – specialty of medical sociology, and undertakes several editorial and reviewing roles in other scientific journals.


She is Invited Professor in the Master of International Migration, Health and Well-being at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Seville, and member of the Centre for Community Research and Action at the same faculty. Claúdia lectures on the Course of Specialisation in Public Health at ISPUP and is research collaborator of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology at University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).


She was a visiting scholar at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the School of Social Work at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.


ORCID: 0000-0002-1828-8642