Associate Professor, coordinator of the PhD programme in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of the International Relations Department of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL) and investigator of OBSERVARE. At UAL he has held positions as coordinator of the master’s programme, deputy director of OBSERVARE and deputy director of JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations.
He is currently a visiting professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal and at the Higher Institute of Science and Education of Huíla (ISCED-Huíla), in Lubango, Angola.
PhD from the International Institute of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, with a thesis in the areas of International Relations and Political Science. During his PhD he was a member of the Peace and Conflict Research School in Norway organised by the University of Oslo, the Peace Research Institute in Oslo and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology.
He holds an MA in Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, a diploma of advanced studies in African Studies from the Centre for African Studies, University Institute of Lisbon and a degree in Management from the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.
He has previously worked as a researcher in Portugal, in UN agencies in Timor-Leste and Guyana and as a management consultant in Portugal.
His research is in the area of Peace and War Studies developed with a multidisciplinary approach using mixed methods of research. His themes of interest are civil wars and other forms of political violence, the “resource curse”, external interventions and international organisations with a security mandate. He has published on the African region, the Horn of Africa, Angola, Somalia, the United Nations and the African Union.