Sérgio Costa Araújo has been, since 2006, higher education teacher in Portugal. He is currently Invited Adjunct Professor at the city of Porto Polytechnic School of Education and a Collaborator Researcher at inED – Center for Research and Innovation in Education. Master in Development Studies in Social and Educational Sciences and recognized specialist in the field of social and behavioral sciences, he works mostly in socio-educational areas in thematic domains that includes fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion, with particular attention in the links between children's rights, poverty and exclusion. Over the last 20 years, in these domains, he has designed, monitored and implemented several projects based on research-action dialectics, particularly in critical urban territories in the Porto metropolitan area, seeing some of these actions recognized as examples of good practices by external entities.
He has always developed his professional career in a trans-European context. He has participated in numerous high-level meetings, including editions of the European Commission's European Forums on the Rights of the Child; The European Expert group on the transition from Institutional to Community-based Care, formally known as the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the transition from institutional care to community-based care; high-level conferences organized by presidencies of the Council of the European Union... He is a member of Eurochild and since 2009 a member of the European working group “Children in Alternative Care” (CiAC). Deinstitutionalization is one of his favoured subjects. He is also a member of the “DataCare” Experts Research Advisory Group, a Eurochild and UNICEF pioneering research project that is carrying out a comprehensive mapping of child protection data systems across the 27 EU Member States and the UK. He is also a member of the Portuguese Child Poverty Task Force promoted by the EAPN.
In 2020, he consolidated his status as an expert on the topic “Poverty and Children's Rights in the Social Dimension of the European Union”, in the context of providing formal public evidence.
He makes his own Kant's assertion, which he likes to quote from memory: theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind.