The Centre of Geographical Studies (CEG) is a research and development unit of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) at the University of Lisbon (ULisboa), endowed with statutory, administrative and scientific autonomy.

Founded in 1943 by Professor Orlando Ribeiro, the CEG hosts in 2019 a team of 141 integrated researchers, 71 of whom are PhD holders. CEG is the main reference in research and dissemination of geographical knowledge in Portugal and a high prestige research unit at the international level.

The mission of the CEG is the development of geographical research, the promotion and dissemination of geographical knowledge, and contributing to societal and regional development, spatial planning, sustainable use of environmental resources and spatial justice.

CEG has taken on the following responsibilities:

  1. Conduct research of fundamental and applied nature, and promote the dissemination of results;
  2. Promote and publish scientific and didactic studies;
  3. Organise courses and scientific meetings;
  4. Promote exchanges with national and foreign partner institutions;
  5. Compile and make available bibliographic, cartographic and multimedia information, relevant to Geography and Spatial Planning, within the scope of the IGOT and ULisboa;
  6. Support the training of young researchers.

Research at the CEG is conducted in close cooperation with Geography teaching at IGOT-ULisboa, and carried out free from political, religious and ideological constraints, while observing the ethical principles of scientific research.

CEG provides services and conducts research studies for public and private institutions, national and foreign.