Cláudio Alves Furtado holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of São Paulo- Brazil. He was President of the International Association of Social Sciences and Humanities in Portuguese Language (AILPcsh) and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA).
His latest publications are: Encontros e Desencontros de Lá e de Cá do Atlântico. Mulheres Africanas e Afro-Brasileiras em Perspectiva de Género (organized with Patricia Godinho Gomes); As Ciências Sociais em Cabo Verde. Temáticas, Abordagens e Perspectivas Teóricas (organized with Pierre-Joseph Laurent and Iolanda Évora); Diálogos em Trânsito: Brasil, Cabo Verde e Guiné- Bissau em narrativas cruzadas; Dicionário Crítico de Ciências Sociais dos Países de Fala Portuguesa (organized with Livio Sansone). He has researched, among other topics, Cape Verdean social thought, Cape Verdean communities in Guinea-Bissau, poverty and social inequalities, urban violence.