The Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto has over eighty researchers, split along two Research Groups: Social Recompositions, Culture and Territory and Work, Family and Social Policies. Each of these Groups covers specific research challenges. The structure of activities of the Group Social Recompositions, Culture and Territory is based on the issues of Social Recompositions and Territories and Artistic Creation, Cultural Policies and Practices; moreover, the activities of the research Group Work, Family and Social Policies involve the fields of Work, Employment, Professions and Organisations and Family, Ageing and Gender.

The members of the Institute of Sociology include Integrated Researchers, Associate Researchers and FCT PhD Fellows.