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I am an economic and social historian interested in understanding how contemporary inequalities are shaped by the past, bringing a more long-term view to explain how and why societies distribute resources, opportunities and capabilities. I direct an international research network on Inequality, Social Science and History, funded by the AHRC and the Philomathia Foundation. My current research explores the creation, evolution of authoritarian welfare regimes in Southern Europe and Latin America and their implications for social inequalities. This has evolved from earlier work which explored the interaction between the Portuguese Dictatorship and its citizens to explain the emergence of social movements of the urban poor during the Carnation Revolution (1974-1976), a theme which is explored in the book Lisbon Rising: Urban Social Movements in the Portuguese Revolution, 1974-1975 (University of Manchester Press 2013).

Publications from Elements

Book chapters


  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2024. A Fascist Social Justice?
  • 2023

  • Ramos Pinto, P., Carvalho, T. and Accornero, G., 2023. The Symbolism of the Street in Portuguese Contention
  • 2022 (Published online)

  • Accornero, G. and Ramos Pinto, P., 2022 (Published online). Movements at the Border. Conflict and Protest in Portugal
  • 2021

  • Sloman, P., Zamora Vargas, D. and Ramos Pinto, P., 2021. Introduction
    Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-75706-9_1
  • 2019

  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2019. Inequality by Numbers: The Making of a Global Political Issue?
    Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-19163-4_5
  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2019. From the 'unfinished revolution' to the 'defence of the revolution': framing the transition in austerity-era Portugal
  • 2019. Rethinking Democratisation in Spain, Greece and Portugal
    Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-11108-3
  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2019. Inequality by Numbers: The Making of a Global Political Issue?
  • 2018

  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2018. The Estado Novo and the Making of Portugal's Unequal Modernity
  • 2016

  • Ramos Pinto Oliveira da Silva, P., 2016. Onde estavas tu no 25 de Abril, pá?’: Revolucionários, movimentos sociais e cidadania quotidiana
  • 2015

  • Ramos Pinto Oliveira da Silva, P. and Taithe, B., 2015. Doing History in Public? Historians in the age of Impact
  • 2012

  • Ramos Pinto Oliveira da Silva, P., 2012. Everyday Citizenship under Authoritarianism: the cases of Spain and Portugal
  • 2009

  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2009. Social Capital as a Capacity for Collective Action
  • Journal articles

    2022 (Accepted for publication)

  • Ramos Pinto, P. and Papadogiannis, N., 2022 (Accepted for publication). Social change, protest and participation in Greece, Portugal and Spain Melanges de la Casa de Velazquez,
  • 2021 (Accepted for publication)

  • Ramos Pinto, P. and Paidipaty, P., 2021 (Accepted for publication). Revisiting the ‘Great Levelling’: the limits of Piketty’s Capital and Ideology for understanding the rise of late 20th century inequality British Journal of Sociology, v. 72
  • 2020

  • Pinto, PR. and Paidipaty, P., 2020. Introduction: Measuring Matters History of Political Economy, v. 52
    Doi: 10.1215/00182702-8304751
  • 2019 (Accepted for publication)

  • Howarth, DR., Marteau, T., Coutts, A., Huppert, J. and Ramos Pinto, P., 2019 (Accepted for publication). What do the British public think of inequality in health, wealth, and power? Social Science and Medicine, v. 222
  • 2018 (Accepted for publication)

  • Howarth, DR., Marteau, T., Coutts, A., Huppert, J. and Pinto, PR., 2018 (Accepted for publication). What do the British public think of inequality in health, wealth, and power? Social Science and Medicine, v. 222
  • 2015

  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2015. History Manifested: A Commentary on continuity, disruption and the production of history. European Review of History, v. 22
  • Accornero, G. and Pinto, PR., 2015. "Mild mannered?" Protest and mobilization in Portugal under austerity, 2010-2013 ESTUDOS IBERO-AMERICANOS, v. 41
  • Pinto, PR., 2015. Authoritarianism and Globalization in Historical Perspective APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter,
  • 2014

  • Accornero, G. and Ramos, PP., 2014. ‘Mild Mannered’? Protest and Mobilisation in Portugal under Austerity, 2010–2013 Western European Politics, v. 38
  • 2013

  • Vieira, MB. and Pinto, PR., 2013. Understanding the New Politics of Welfare Reform: Preface Political Studies, v. 61
    Doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00999.x
  • 2009

  • RAMOS PINTO, PEDRO., 2009. Housing and Citizenship: Building Social Rights in Twentieth-Century Portugal Contemporary European History, v. 18
  • 2008

    Doi: 10.1017/s0018246x08007176
  • Theses / dissertations

    2021 (No publication date)

  • Webster, R., 2021 (No publication date). Urban Change, Sexual Politics and Women’s Activism in Spain, 1958 to 1982
  • 2019

  • Carvalho, TM., 2019. Contesting Austerity: A Comparative Approach to the Cycles of Protest in Portugal and Spain under the Great Recession
  • Kunkeler, NDB., 2019. Myth and respectability in Swedish and Dutch fascism, 1931-40
  • Serri, N., 2019. The Cassa Integrazione Guadagni, unemployment welfare and industrial conflict in post-war Italy, 1941-1987
  • Books


  • 2021. Universal Basic Income in Historical Perspective
    Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-75706-9
  • 2019

  • 2019. Histories of Global Inequality
  • 2015

  • Ramos Pinto, PE. and Taithe, BE., 2015. The impact of history? : histories at the beginning of the twenty-first century
  • 2013

  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2013. Lisbon Rising: Urban social movements in the Portuguese Revolution, 1974–75
  • 2007

  • Ramos Pinto Oliveira da Silva, PA. and institution, UOCDG., 2007. Urban protest and grassroots organisations in Lisbon, 1974-1976.
  • Reports


  • Sriprakash, A., Nally, D., Myers, K. and Pinto, PR., 2020. Learning with the Past: Racism, Education and Reparative Futures
  • Other publications


  • Ramos Pinto, P., 2017. The Revolution before the Revolution: late authoritarianism and student protest in Portugal Social History, v. 42
  • 2008

  • Pinto, PR., 2008. The spirit of ’68: rebellion in western Europe and north America, 1956-1976 Historical Journal, v. 51
  • Internet publications


  • Ramos Pinto Oliveira da Silva, P., 2016. The Inequality Debate: Why Now, Why like This?