Catarina Reis Oliveira is the Director of the Portuguese Observatory for Migration (OM/ACM) and Invited Assistant Professor at Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), Lisbon University (ULisboa). She holds a PhD in Sociology owned by ISCTE-IUL and a MA in Statistics and Data Analysis by New University of Lisbon. Since 2014 Catarina is the scientific coordinator of the series collection Immigration in Numbers of the Observatory for Migration, and the author of the Portuguese Statistical Reports on Indicators of Immigrants Integration (the most important publication of official data on immigrants in Portugal with statistical and administrative data) and the Asylum Statistical Reports, both annually published. In 2018 and 2019 she was part of a working group designated to work with the National Statistical Institute (INE) on the feasibility to collect ethnic and racial data in population Census in Portugal. In 2019 and 2020 she participated in the Statistical Council (the entity of the State which guides and coordinates the National Statistical System) as a substitute member on behalf of the Ministry of the Presidency.
Her main areas of research are Sociology of Migration, integration of immigrants and its monitoring, immigrant entrepreneurial strategies and access to citizenship. She has coordinated and participated in several research projects, and published extensively on migration issues, as author or co-author of several books and articles in national and international journals. As advisor of three High Commissioners for Migration (ACM) in Portugal and the Head of Unit of Research and International Relations of ACM (between 2005 and 2015), she was involved in the discussion and evaluation of several policies and services targeting immigrants. Before that she was Lecturer in the Sociology Department of the New University of Lisbon, namely in a post-graduate course on Migration, Ethnic Minorities and Transnationalism. In 2000 she received an academic award on Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the Contemporary society by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.