Maria Paula Diogo



Full Professor, Departamento de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas (DCSA), FCT/UNL(Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon)
mpdiogo(at) , mpd(at)

Research interests

  • History of Technology and Engineering History in Portugal and in the Portuguese African Empire (Angola and Mozambique) (18th to 20th centuries);
  • History of Science in Portugal (18th to 20th centuries);
  • Globalisation of Science and Technology (knowledge transfer, networks, centre(s)/peripherie(s)).


As Leader

  • "Reshaping Africa: Portuguese engineering and territory management in the colonies of Angola and Mozambique (1870-1974)", (PTDC/HIS-HCT/118359/2010), 2012-2014;
  • "Textbooks for Iberian Engineers: a comparative study (17th-18th centuries)", (AI/CRUP: E-75/09), 2009-2010.
  • "The Popularization of Science and Technology (19th-20th centuries)", (Compromisso com a Ciência, FCT/MCTES), 2007-2012.
  • "Engineering and Scientific Culture in Catalunya and Spain", (HUM2007-62222/HIST, Ministerio da Educácion y Ciencia, Espanha), 2009-2012. Coordinator of the Portuguese Group (General Coordinator: Antoni Roca-Rosell, ETSEIB/UPC).
  • "Making Europe: Technologies and Transformations, 1850-2000" (book series editor: Johan Schot), 2009-2012.

As Member

  • “Reading newspapers: an open window to representations of science and technology in the Portuguese press (1900-1926)”, (PTDC/HCT/68210/2006), 2008-2011.
  • “Nuclear Portugal: Physics, Technology, Medicine and Environment (1910-2010)”, (HC/0063/2009), 2010-2013.
  • “The spaces of Portuguese Technoscience (1837-1947)”, (PTDC/HCT/70798/2006), 2008-2011.

Publications (selection)

  1. Ana Simões, Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Carneiro, "Physical Sciences in Lisbon", Physics in Perspective, 14:3 (2012), 335-367. DOI: 10.1007/s00016-012-0096-7.
  2. Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Cardoso de Matos, "Going Public: The 1st Portuguese National Engineering Meeting and the Popularization of the Image of the Engineer as an Artisan of Progress", Journal of Engineering Studies, 4:3 (2012), 185-204. DOI: 10.1080/19378629.2012.709519
  3. Ana Simões, Ana Carneiro, Maria Paula Diogo, Citizen of the World: a Scientific Biography of the Abbé Correia da Serra, (IGS, University of California-Berkeley, 2012).
  4. M. Luísa Sousa, Maria Paula Diogo, "Giving with one hand and taking away with the other: the automobile assembly industry in Portugal (1960-1988)", Revista de Historia Industrial, 48: 1 (2012), 155-181.
  5. John K. Brown, Gary Lee Downey, Maria Paula Diogo, "Engineering Education and the History of Technology", Technology and Culture, 50: 4 (2009), 737-752.
  6. Maria Paula Diogo, "Domesticating the wilderness: Portuguese engineering and the occupation of Africa", in Ana Cardoso de Matos, Maria Paula Diogo, Irina Gouzevitch, André Grelon (eds.), Jogos de Identidade: os engenheiros entre a formação e a acção(Les enjeux identitaires des ingénieurs: entre la formation et l’action) (Lisboa: Colibri, 2009), pp. 471-482.
  7. Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Cardoso Matos, “Being an engineer in the European Periphery: three case studies on Portuguese engineering", History of Technology, 27 (2007), 125-146.
  8. Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Carneiro e Ana Simões, “El Grand Tour de la Tecnología: El Estrangeirado Manuel de Azevedo Fortes”, in Antonio Lafuente, Ana Cardoso Matos, Tiago Saraiva (eds.), Maquinismo Ibérico – Tecnologia y cultura en la península ibérica, siglos XVIII-XX,(Aranjuez: Doce Calles, 2006), pp.119-139.
  9. Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Cardoso Matos, “Aprender a ser ingeniero: La enseñanza de la ingeniería en el Portugal de los siglos XVIII y XIX”, in Antonio Lafuente, Ana Cardoso Matos, Tiago Saraiva (eds.), Maquinismo Ibérico – Tecnologia y cultura en la península ibérica, siglos XVIII-XX,(Aranjuez: Doce Calles, 2006), pp.141-165.
  10. Ana Paula Silva, Maria Paula Diogo, “Host and Hostage: Portugal, Britain and the Atlantic Networks”, in Erik van der Vleuten, Arne Kaijser (eds.), Networking Europe. Infrastructures and the shaping of Europe, (Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 2006), pp. 51-69.

Scientific Societies and other institutions

  • Society for the History of Technology (SHOT): Member of the Finance Committee (2012-2014); Member of the Executive Committee (2009-2011); Member of the Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship (2008-2011).
  • International Network in Engineering Studies (INES): Founding Member; Co-coordinator.
  • Science and Technology in the European Periphery (STEP): Founding Member.
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Studies (Taylor and Francis).
  • ESF Standing Committee for Humanities (SCH): Expert in STS (Science, Technology and Sociey).