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Research Interests

Economic Anthropology | Anthropology of the state and neoliberalism | Gender and commodification

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Biographical Note

Patrícia Matos studied at FCSH and at Goldsmiths, University of London. Patrícia's doctoral thesis is entitled 'Precarious Labour in Portuguese Call Centres: An Anthropological Study' and she was supervised by Steve Nugent. The thesis explores the themes of alienation and exploitation within the Portuguese call centre sector by focusing on the nature of value-creation in the organisation of labour, the effects this regime has on workers' consciousness and agency, and how these effects are expressed in terms of class, gender and age. These questions are examined within the broader political and economic context. Her post-doctoral research project (supervised by João Leal) examines the themes of neo-liberalism, unemployment and the changing shape of the welfare state since the 1970s in Portugal and the UK.

All projects

Data updated on 03-07-2022, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


Tacking informal employment in Asia: building post-COV19 solutions to precariousness through case-study based evidence on Bhutan, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

GA 101007766


ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Financiers: European Commission


Valuable food, essential workers, vulnerable people, and social responses to crisis: Food provisioning systems during the COVID-19 pandemic (FOOD-Pan)



Universitat de Barcelona

Financiers: España Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación


Governação, transformações políticas e negociação de quotidianos: Portugal 2010-2020 /Negotiating Livelihoods under transformative politics: crisis, policies and practices in Portugal 2008-20



Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Grassroots economics: Meaning, project and practice in the pursuit of livelihood.



Universitat de Barcelona Facultat de Geografia i Història

Financiers: European Research Council


Neo-Liberalismo, Reconfiguração do Estado-Providência e Desemprego em Portugal (Neoliberalism, reconfiguration of the welfare-state and unemployment in Portugal)


Post-doc Fellow

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Precarious labour in Portuguese Call Centres

SFRH/ BD/ 27684/ 2006

PhD Student Fellow

Goldsmiths University of London Department of Anthropology

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

All Publications

Data updated on 03-07-2022 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Journal article

Building new horizons of value, care and freedom

Alves de Matos, Patricia, Anuac, Rivista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale. 31 - 36. 1. 10. 2021. https://ojs.unica.it/index.php/anuac/article/view/4878/4874 . 10.7340/ ANUAC 2239-625X-4878 . Published

Journal issue

David Graeber: antropologia, anarchia, attivismo // David Graeber: Anthropology, anarchy, activism

Anuac, Rivista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale. 1. 10. 06-2021. https://ojs.unica.it/index.php/anuac/article/view/4707/4877 . 10.7340/ ANUAC 2239-625X-4707 . Published

Journal article

The morality of inequality: distribution, human needs and charity in austerity Portugal, in Loperfido G., Pusceddu A.M. and Narotzky, S. (eds.) (2021 forthcoming). “Special Issue: The everyday state: Politics and livelihoods in Austerity Europe”

Matos, Patricia, Antropologia . 45 - 61. 3. 8. 2021. http://www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/article/view/1827/1693 . http://dx.doi.org/10.14672/ada2021182747-63 . Published

Journal article

Austerity, the state and common sense: a comparative study on Portugal and Italy

Matos, Patricia; Pusceddu, Antonio Maria, Anthropological Theory. 2021. Published

Journal article

Bodies of and against austerity: gendered dispossession, agency and struggles for worth in Portugal

Alves de Matos, Patrícia, Social Anthropology. 2021. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.13107 . 10.1111/1469-8676.13107 . Published

Book chapter

O Desempregado: economia moral da austeridade, senso comum e sacrifício em Portugal (2011-2014) - (The Unemployed: moral economy of austerity, common sense and sacrifice in Portugal (2011-2014)

Matos, Patricia, Os Sujeitos do Neoliberalismo (The Subjects of Neoliberalism). Fernando Ampudia de Haro; José Nuno Matos. Outro Modo & Tigre de Papel. Lisboa, Portugal. 2021. Published

Journal article

Valuation Struggles: Rethinking the Economy in Times of Crisis

Matos, Patricia; Schwaller, Corinne; Perl, Gerhild; Kehr, Janina; Narotzky, Susana; Pusceddu, Antonio Maria, TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association. 175 - 186. 25. 2020. Published

Book chapter

Austerity Welfare and the Moral Significance of Needs in Portugal

Matos, Patrícia, Grassroots Economies. Pluto Press. London, United Kingdom. 2020. Published

Book chapter

The Body Politics of Austerity in Portugal and Spain:

Sarkis, Diana; Matos, Patricia, Grassroots Economies. Pluto Press. London, United Kingdom. 2020. Published


Disciplined Agency: Neoliberal precarity, generational dispossession and call centre labour in Portugal

Matos, Patricia, Manchester University Press. Manchester, United Kingdom. 2020. Published

Journal article

Locating precarization: the state, livelihoods and the politics of precarity in contemporary Portugal

Matos, Patrícia, Dialectical Anthropology. 15 - 30. 1. 43. 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10624-019-09543-8 . 10.1007/s10624-019-09543-8 . Published

Journal article

Gender commodification and precarity in Portuguese call centres: the (re)production of inequality

Matos, Patricia, Deja Lu - Journal of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (invited reprint of original article published in 2014). 4. 2016. https://www.waunet.org/wcaa/dejalu/issue4.phtml . Published


Sociologia, Anthony Giddens (9º edição)

Matos, Patricia, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Lisboa, Portugal. 2013. Published

Journal article

Call center labor and the injured precariat: shame, stigma, and downward social mobility in contemporary Portugal

Matos, Patrícia, Dialectical Anthropology. 217 - 243. 3-4. 36. 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10624-012-9276-8 . 10.1007/s10624-012-9276-8 . Published

Thesis / Dissertation

Precarious labour in Portuguese call-centres: an anthropological study

Matos, Patricia, phd. Goldsmiths University of London . 2011. https://research.gold.ac.uk/6531/1/ANT_thesis_Matos_2010.pdf .

Journal article

Quando o passado é mais do que o presente: dois velhos lembram o passado no contexto de um lar

Matos, Patricia, Revista da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas. 343 - 364. 18. 2006. Published

Conference paper

Ser-se mais do que velho: tempo, memória e velhice no context de um Lar

Matos, Patricia, Coimbra, Portugal. 18-09-2004. Published

Thesis / Dissertation

Ser-se mais do que velho: tempo, memória e velhice num contexto de um Lar

Matos, Patricia, degree. Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas . 2003.

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