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Inês Direito


  • Research Interests within Engineering Education

I am a Psychologist working in engineering education research since 2007. My main research interests are in: gender and diversity; self-confidence and the development of professional and transversal skills; how can social and cognitive sciences inform engineering education and practice; cross-cultural studies.

  • Projects I have been involved with

    • 2016 – 2017| MultiCO: Promoting Youth Scientific Career Awareness and its Attractiveness through Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation [European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665100. Call: H2020-SEAC-2014-1]
    • |2014 – 2016| Postgraduate Experience Project: Investigating the expectations and attitudes towards postgraduate taught (PGT) STEM study, and post study outcomes from the perspective of students, universities and employers to support and sustain PGT growth in the UK – A collaborative project [HEFCE funded]
    • |2008 – 2009| StimuLearning: Stimulating Learning in Engineering Students by Collaborative Entrepreneurship Training [HP Innovations in Education Grant]
  • Selected Research outputs (ORCID record)

  1. Direito, I., Chance, S., & Malik, M. (2019). The study of grit in engineering education research: a systematic literature review. European Journal of Engineering Education, 1-25.
  2. Morgan, M. & Direito, I. (2016). Entry to study expectations of STEM postgraduate taught students. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Science, 228, 561-566.
  3. Direito, I., Pereira, A., & Duarte, A. M. O. (2014). The development of skills in the ICT sector: Analysis of engineering students’ perceptions about transversal skills. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30 (6B), 1665-1561


  • Other involvements

I am a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.