Associate Professor, Deputy Director and Head of Quality at the Department of International Relations of the Autonomous University of Lisbon, Deputy Director of OBSERVARE and Editor-in-Chief of JANUS.NET, e-journal of international relations. She is an integrated researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations of the New University of Lisbon (IPRI-NOVA).
She has been a visiting professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Beira Interior, the Department of Sociology at the University of Évora, the Department of Tourism at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technology and at the Coimbra School of Agriculture. She collaborates with the Air Force Academy.
Her research interests are in International Relations and Sociology, with an emphasis on African development, namely in Small Island Developing States, an area in which she specialised during her Masters (African Studies, 1998), PhD (African Studies, 2005, with an FCT grant) and Post-Doctorate (at the Centre for African Studies-IUL between 2006 and 2011 with FCT funding), coordinating a research project with FCT funding. She is interested in research on issues related to international cooperation and socio-environmental issues, including international agreements on the environment, climate change impacts and responses, local intervention in environmental preservation, including environmental education programmes, and the conservation of endangered species promoted by international partnerships.
Alongside her academic activity, she has carried out consultancy work evaluating development cooperation projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries (Angola, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe) promoted by international organisations (The World Bank Group and the International Labour Organisation, STEP-Portugal Project) and by Portuguese, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe civil society organisations (NGO), with EU funding, and was part of a team working on a training project under bilateral cooperation (Ministry of Labour).