Assistant professor at the Autonomous University of Lisbon and associated with the research center OBSERVARE – Observatory of Foreign Relations. Has a PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands in the areas of International Relations and Political Science. During the PhD he was a member of the Research School in Peace and Conflict (PRIO / NTNU / UiO) in Norway.


He has a Master of Science in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, a post-graduation diploma of advanced studies in African Studies and a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Business Administration both from the Lisbon University Institute.


Previously he worked as a researcher for the African Studies Center (CEA) of the Lisbon University Institute (IUL) in Portugal, for the United Nations in Timor-Leste and Guyana and for Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Lisbon, Portugal.


The research work is situated in the area of Peace and Conflict studies with a multidisciplinary and mixed method approach. Areas of interest are civil war and other forms of political violence, the resource curse, external interventions and international institutions for peace and security. He has published on the African region, Horn of Africa, Angola, Somalia, the United Nations and the African Union.


Articles in journals:

Sousa, Ricardo Real P. (2015) External Interventions in Post-Cold War Africa – 1989-2010, International Interactions, Volume 41, issue 4, pp. 621-647

Sousa, Ricardo Real Pedrosa de (2014) External Interventions and Civil War Intensity in South-Central Somalia (1991-2010), Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, 28, pp.57-86


Chapters in books:

Sousa, Ricardo Real P. (2014) Comparing Datasets: Understanding Conceptual Differences in Quantitative Conflict Studies, em Helen Hintjens e Dubravka Zarkov (Ed.) "Conflict, Peace, Security and Development - Theories and Methodologies", Routledge, pp.216-232

Sousa, Ricardo (2011) "Resource curse, globalization and conflicts" (Chapter 16) em Bessie House-Soremekun e Toyin Falola (eds) "Globalization and Sustainable Development in Africa", (Rochester Studies in African History and Diaspora), University of Rochester Press (anteriormente intitulado - Managing conditional trust)

Sousa, Ricardo (2011), “Multidimensional Changes in “Ripeness in Angola Around the 1989 Gbadolite Peace Accords”, em Manas Chatterji, Darvesh Gopal, Savita Singh (ed.) Governance, Development and Conflict (Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.311-338

Sousa, Ricardo (2012) Mudanças multidimensionais no estado de “maturação” em Angola na altura dos acordos de paz de 1989 de Gbadolite, em Augusto Nascimento e Carlso Rodrigues (coordenacão) A prevenção e a resolução de conflitos em África, Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, Lisboa

Sousa, Ricardo, Ivan Salustino, Jaideep Mishra and Sher Shah Khan (2004) “Civilian Support Group Programme Evaluation and Impact Assessment”, in Civilian Support Group Advisors (eds) “Timor-Leste – A strategy for building the foundation of governance for peace and security”, pp.202-211, Dili: Public Information Office of UNMISET.


Articles in books:

Sousa, Ricardo Real P. (2013) "African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) subsidiarity and the Horn of Africa: the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)", in Alexandra Magnolia Dias (eds) "State and societal challenges in the Horn of Africa - Conflict and processes of state formation, reconfiguration, and disintegration" pp. 59-77, Lisbon, Center of African Studies (CEA)

Sousa, Ricardo (2009) “The nature of the parties in the perspectives of power sharing in the Angola Peace process”, in Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues and Ana Bérnard da Costa (eds) “Poverty and Peace in the Portuguese Speaking African Countries”, pp. 41-61, Lisbon: Sextante editora.



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