The Sociology of Labour Laboratory (LASTRO, in portuguese), whose creation was approved by the Department of Sociology and Political Science from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in October 29th, 1999, has the following goals:

I. Serve as a space for academic integration and other university activities for undergraduates and graduates as well as faculty members, a long with continuous support for education, research and extension.

II. Develop research and study groups in thematic areas relevant to the field of labour in sociology, through involviment of graduates and undergraduates;

III. Accommodate and promote administrative activities of the Interdisciplinary Teaching of Philosophy and Sociology Laboratory – LEFIS. Initially as an extension project of LASTRO that expanded into it’s own laboratory.

IV. Accommodate and promote the administrative activities of the Memory and Human Rights InstituteIMDH. Similarly, previously associated with LASTRO and now operates independently.

V. Establish partnerships with research networks and observatories, such as the Interdisciplinary Studies Network on Labour – RESIST and the Reafro-UFSC Research Observatory.

VI. Coordinate and maintain our Digital Library.

Research areas

Profile and professional trajectories: educational paths and occupational insertions.

Dynamics and reconfigurations in the labour market and in the work process: old and new forms of precariousness.

Social and sociological theory on class, working conditions, and workers’ subjectivity.

Sexual division of labour, relations and segregations in gender, class, and race.

Informal labour and self-employment.

Work and collective action.

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