Associate Professor at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL) and member of the research center OBSERVARE. He is the coordinator of the Masters Programme at the Department of International Relations in UAL, deputy/editor of JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations and member of the Scientific and Pedagogic Council of UAL. Previously he was deputy director of the research center OBSERVARE.
He holds a PhD from the International Institute of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS-EUR), The Netherlands, with a thesis in the areas of International Relations and Political Science. He has a Masters of Science in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, UK, and an undergraduate degree in Management from the University Institute of Lisbon (IUL), Portugal.
During his PhD he was a member of the School of Peace and Conflict Research in Norway organised by the University of Oslo (UiO), the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO) and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). Also he has a Diploma in Advanced Studies in African Studies from the Centre for African Studies (CEA) of the University Institute of Lisbon (IUL).
Previously he worked as a researcher at the Centro de Estudos Africanos (CEA) of the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (IUL) in Portugal, at United Nations agencies in East Timor and Guyana and as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portugal.
His research is in the area of International Security Studies developed with a multidisciplinary approach using mixed research methods. Its 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 publications on the African region, the Horn of Africa, Angola, Somalia, the United Nations and the African Union.