Maria Paula Diogo



Maria Paula Diogo

Academic title(s)



Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia/NOVA


Department of Applied Social Sciences


Full Professor


Campus de Caparica, Ed. VII, Piso 2, Gab.5

Zip code

2829-516 Caparica




+351 212 948 503

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Short biography

Born in Lisbon, May 5, 1958.
BA in History, Master in Historical Demography, PhD in Epistemology of Science – History of Science, and Agregação in History of Technology. She teaches at the Faculty of Science and Technology, NOVA, since 1986. Presently she is Full Professor and serves as President of the Department of Applied Social Sciences and as Head of the Interuniversity Center of History of Science and Technology.
Having pioneered the field of History of Technology in Portugal, her research focuses on the History of Technology and Engineering in Portugal and Colonies (XVIII-XX centuries); History of Science in Portugal (XVIII, XIX and XX); Globalization of Science and Technology (knowledge transfer, networking, relationships center (s) / peripheral (s).
She leads several research projects, is member of several international research networks mainly ToE, STEP and INES., She holds leadership positions in national and international journals and organizations.

Recent publications

Last 5:
M.P.Diogo, D. van Laak, Europeans Globalizing: Mapping, Exploiting, Exchanging. London/New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
M. P. Diogo, A. Simões, K.Gavroglu (eds.), “FORUM STEP Matters”, Technology & Culture, 57 (4), 2017:926-997.

A. Simões, M.P. Diogo, K. Gavroglou, Sciences in the Universities of Europe, 19th and 20th centuries. Springer: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, 2015.
M.P.Diogo,”“To be or not to be”: la construction d’une identité civile pour les ingénieurs militaires portugais, Quaderns d’història de l’enginyeria (Special issue (Festschriften to André Grelon), April, 2017
M.P.Diogo, A.Simões, “All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant”. An informal tribute to Kranzberg’s Laws, ICON, 22, 2016:1-7.

Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests

Waste and Reuse, Environment, Knowledge Networks

Additional research interests

Technology, Engineering and Empire; Technology and Anthropocene