José Pereira Coutinho has a licentiate’s degree in agronomic engineering (ISA-UTL), a master’s degree in business management (ISCTE-IUL), and a PhD in sociology (ISCTE-IUL). Between 2006 and 2008, he designed and coordinated sociological/anthropological projects on forest fires, based on public funding (DGRF, AFN). Between 2008 and 2012, he was a doctoral fellow at the Foundation for Science and Technology, the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology, and innovation in all scientific domains. He defended his thesis «Modernity, religiosity and university» (in Portuguese) in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, a few articles were published in national and international journals with peer review up, for instance: 2016, “Religiosity in Europe: an index, factors, and clusters of religiosity”, Sociologia,Problemas e Práticas.

Since 2018 he is full member of the Research Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, of the Catholic University of Portugal (CITER-UCP). His research focuses on Catholicism, religiosity, spirituality, socialisation, conversion, religious organisations, and youth. In 2018 and 2019, ten articles were published in international journals with peer review, for instance: 2019, “Religiosity in Portugal: characterisation, comparison, and evolution” (in Portuguese), Religião e Sociedade; 2019, “Religiosity of Portuguese youth: recent evolution and comparison with population aged 30 or older” (in Portuguese), Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais. He participated in the CITER-UCP project ‘Religious identities and social dynamics in Lisbon Metropolitan Area’, from which a book with the same name (in Portuguese) was published in 2019. His book Religion in Portugal: Sociological Analysis (in Portuguese) was published with peer review in 2020 by ICS.