Strand A) War, Peace and Security Studies


Researchers: Luís Tomé (Coord.), Augusto Rogério Leitão, Bruno Gabriel, Carlos Branco, Cláudia Ramos, Edoardo Boria, Evanthia Balla, Fatich Tayfur, Felipe Pathé Duarte, Fernando Montenegro, Francisco Xavier de Sousa, Gabriele Natalizia, Hermínio Matos, Huseyin Bagci, Isabel Nunes, José Ferreira, Leonel Miranda, Ludovico Jara Franco, Luís Valença Pinto, Paulo Duarte, Ricardo Sousa, Rita Duarte. 


The SECURITY, PEACE AND WAR STUDIES Research Group follows previous Groups and Lines of Investigation, and gathers their competences regarding, namely, DYNAMICS AND INTERACTIONS IN THE GREAT EURASIA and PEACE AND WAR STUDIES. It intends to deepen knowlegment inan interdisciplinary optic about contemporary realities of international security, the new strategic data and the imperative peace promotion, taking into account the latest approaches and developments both globally and locally or regionally – with emphasis on European spaces, Atlantic, Mediterranean and African – as well as to contribute to the spread of a culture of conflict resolution by peaceful means. The vast majority of the projects and activities are developed with partner, Portuguese and foreign institutions.


Structuring programs:

  • Euro-Atlantic Security
  • African Peace and Security Architecture: consolidation or stagnation?
  • Challenges and involvement of Portugal in international security



  • The expression of multipolarity in international security
  • Europe-Asia relations in the security area
  • Geopolitics ofAsia-Pacific
  • NATO transformation
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Perspectives onSecurityin the MediterraneanEuropean security and defense policy - where it comes fromand where it goes?
  • Metamorphoses of violence


Strand B) Economic Spaces and Resources Management


Researchers: Brígida Brito (Coord.), Amadeu Paiva, Amparo Sereno, Ana Furtado, Ana Quaresma, Filipa Gomes, Giuseppe Ammendola, Henrique Morais, João Paulo Feijoo, José Beato Aleixo, José Brás dos Santos, Korinna Horta, Manuel Farto, Maomede Naguib Omar, Pedro Pinto, Redendo Carlos Maia, Renato Pereira, René Tapia, Rui Paiva, Sandra Ribeiro.


The Research Group Economic Spaces and Resources Management is based on the close connection between economic issues and analysis of international realities. Based on a highly interdisciplinary work, has as its central objective the study of the process of economies’ internationalization, their interdependencies and its various impacts and challenges, with emphasis, of course, for these dimensions of Portuguese and European economies, as well as the study of the political importance of some strategic resources in the international arena. The vast majority of the projects and activities are developed with partner, Portuguese and foreign institutions.


Structuring programs:

  • Internationalization of the Portuguese Economy
  • The European Economy in the framework of the World Economy
  • Power and Energy Resources



  • China-Latin America: economic and trade relations
  • Emerging Economies and Energy Resources
  • Drug economy and transnational financial crime
  • European Economy and Transatlantic Relations: innovation, trade and entrepreneurial
  • Production and distribution companies as instruments of state power: the cases of GALP in Portugal, Petrobras in Brazil, YPF in Argentina and Sonangol in Angola


Strand C) People and States – constructions and interactions


Researchers: Luís Moita (Coord.), Andrea Carteny, Anilza Tricamegy, António José Seguro, Artur Victória, Célia Quintas, Constança Urbano de Sousa, Daniel Rodrigues, Fernando Amorim, Filipe Vasconcelos Romão, Giuseppe Motta, Hudson Assis, José Milhazes, José Subtil, Luisa Godinho, Lucas Freire, Maria Helena Curto, Mateus Kowalski, Miguel Santos Neves, Nancy Gomes, Patrícia Galvão Teles, Paulo Vicente, Reginaldo Rodrigues de Almeida, Ricardo Alexandre, Sofia José Santos, Sofia Santos.


The Research Group designated PEOPLES AND STATES: BUILDING AND INTERACTIONS 's intends to contribute for the understanding of the international actors’ role, seen in its dynamic and evolutionary dimension, in its genesis and its multifaceted relationship. By including the term PEOPLE we intend to focus on cultural identities underlying the political processes involved; by including the word STATES, we refer to the understanding the genesis of the states up to their contemporary settings, while this analysis is relevant to their role as actors in the international system, but without forgetting the existence and role of non-State actors, as are the cities, regions, dispersed communities, etc.. Hence also the expression BUILDINGS, trying to recover the history of the ways in which the political organization that we call state was formed, within a wider framework of relational INTERACTIONS, particularly in the traditional form of diplomacy, notwithstanding to pursue some research projects on issues of sovereignty and legitimacy, as well as on federalism in the European framework. The vast majority of projects and activities are developed with partners, Portuguese and foreign institutions.


Structuring programs:

  • Diplomacy Alliances
  • Portuguese and Lusophone Diaspora
  • Cities and Regions as international actors



  • The Ibero-American Community 
  • Diplomacy in the Ancient Near East 
  • The Portuguese Diaspora as a strategic factor for the Portuguese foreign policy 
  • Cities and Regions: Portuguese paradiplomacy 
  • Federalism, ethno-nationalism and secessionism in Europe.