Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Lisbon. Integrated Researcher and Deputy Director of OBSERVARE – Observatory of External Relations, where she is the main coordinator and executive manager of the project “THE COUNTRY THAT WE ARE, THE WORLD (S) THAT WE HAVE: A ROUTE TOWARDS THE STRATEGIC CONCEPT FOR THE NEXT DECADE” , funded by the Ministry of National Defense (2020-2021).
She is a Visiting Professor in the History Department at ISCTE and an associate researcher at the Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL) and at CISDI-UM – Center for Research in Security and Defense at the Military University Institute.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (specialising in European Studies), with a thesis entitled “The European Union and Human Security: an actor in crisis management in search of a strategic culture? Prospective analysis”. (2011).
She has a Master in Sociology of Development and Social Transformation (2006) and a degree in International Relations (2003) from the same Faculty.
She has a post-graduate degree (2005) in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Coimbra Law School.
Auditor of the National Defense Course in 2011/2012 was, from 2014 to 2016, President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Auditors of the National Defense Courses (AACDN). Auditor of the Defense for Youth Course in 2004, at Alfeite Naval Base, she was President of the Board of DECIDE – Association of Young Auditors for Defense, Security and Citizenship between 2009 and 2013.
She was a trainer in the Portuguese trainers network of the European Commission Team Europa from 2007 to 2016. Since 2015, she is a regular trainer at the European Security and Defence College “CSDP Training for Eastern Partnership Countries” and “CSDP Reflection Seminar”.
She is a guest lecturer at the Air Force Academy in the courses of promotion to Captain and Chief Sergeant and in the unit commanders’ training.
In 2013 she was selected by Fullbright Portugal to attend the SUSI – Study of United States Institute program and in 2016 she was the Portuguese candidate chosen for the German Marshall Fund Fellowship program.
From March 2015 to February 2017, she served as Deputy Director General of National Defence Policy in the Directorate General of National Defence Policy, having been awarded the Cruz del Mérito Aeronáutico con Distintibo Blanco (August 2016) by the Government of Spain and the First Class National Defence Medal by Minister Azeredo Lopes (December 2017).
She is regularly invited by the portuguese media to comment on the international affairs, having been a resident commentator on the program OLHAR O MUNDO, on RTP, for 6 years (2014-2020).