Eduardo Figueira is a full professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and Administration (FCSEA) and a senior researcher at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (CEIED) of the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technology (ULHT) located in Lisbon where he teaches curricular units in the domains of research methods and data analysis for the social sciences, (Masters of Sociology, Globalization and Development, Sociology of Sports, Tourism and Sociology and Economy of Work), social economy (Master in Social Work), sociology theories, planning and project management, research practices for sociology, local and regional dynamics, sustainable development and environment (Sociology degree )and demography (Social Work degree). As part of his research activities he has served from 2010 through July 2016 as Director of the Center for Research and Social Studies (CPES) of FCSEA which has been submitted (2014) to assessment of the Portuguese Foundation for the Science and Technology (FCT).
He retired from the civil service in October 2008 as associate professor with aggregation in the fields of Rural Extension and Vocational Education & Training (VET) playing on moment of retirement, in addition to teaching, research and community service in the Department of Sociology of the University of Évora, Chairman functions for the Department Council to which was elected in July 2005 and re-elected in July 2007 for the 2007/09 biennium. At the University of Évora he has also served as Vice-Rector for Budget and for Extension University between 1995 and 1998 and Pro-Rector for Continuing Education in 1994. He has played in 1994/95 and in 2007/8, the functions of Director for the Master Of Science Program in Sociology and for the Center of Research in Sociology and Anthropology, Augusto da Silva (CISA-AS).
He has got the Degree in Agronomy (1974) from the University of Luanda, Angola, and obtained the degree of MSc (1984) and PhD (1987) in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and the degree of aggregation (2005) in Rural Extension from the University of Évora.
During his professional life as professor and researcher (ULHT and University of Évora) has been concerned with the Rural Development issues which led him to engage in the promotion of sustainable local development in the Alentejo under the Community Initiative Programme LEADER . In this line of work and concerns, he has promoted the foundation of ALIENDE, Association for Local Development of which is Chairman of the Board of Directors since its foundation and, in this quality, he was one of the promoters and founders of MONTE consortium, Association for the Development of Central Alentejo. He has been, since its foundation, a member of the Administration Board of the MONTE consortium, having served several times as President. In this framework he has been, since December 2012 until July of 2016, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ANIMAR-Portuguese Association for Local Development.
He has participated in several projects funded by the European Union, namely: (1) EXTRAMET – The Rural Area in the context of New Metropolization; (2) Learning Sustainability - Towards sustainable development in marginal rural areas of Europe (Recite II); (3) Natura - New approches to Training Underdeveloped Rural Areas in; (4) Eurowrite - Women's European Rural Interactive Technology Enterprises; (5) E-step - European re-settlement Training and Education for Prisoners; (6) TT-Plus - A framework for the continuing professional development of Trainers; (7) INTEGRADEV - Integrated Development Project in the ECOS-Ouverture program dedicated to Cooperation with third countries to promote application of models and strategies for sustainable regional development in PEC regions (Arad-Romania; and Lomza-Poland); (8) EuNic - Towards the European "conceptual approach" to digital learning; (9) EUROPEAN NETWORK OF VILLAGE TOURISM; (10) Interest and Desires - Creative Planning of a meaningful life through the appraisal of interest and desires; (11) Module - Approval of Modules in Prevocational education and Training; (12) ILP - Invidualized Learning Pathways; (13) Quality.net - European network for Evaluation and Quality Assurance in VET; (14) FIFOBI - Fit for Business: Developing Business Competencies in school (LLP-Cross Programme). He has also participated in cross-border cooperation projects such as the following: (1) PARTEXAL - Architectural Heritage of the Rural Areas in the Extremadura (Spain) and North Alentejo (Portugal) and (2) Sociological Technical Study on Social Reality of Andaluzia (Spain), and of the Algarve and Alentejo (Portugal).