Research Groups


The Political Observatory participates in different research networks and, at the same time, there are groups of associate researchers who work under specific themes, in the country or abroad. The PhD researchers motivate and contribute, aggregating each of their contributes under the umbrella of specific themes of Political Studies.

All of these demonstrate scientific work, MA thesis concluded, PhDs in their  initial, final or even concluded phases, as well as post-doctoral studies. These represent the starting point of their interests in a particular subject and thus, are taken into account for the cohere distribution of work into different and autonomous research groups.

Accordingly, the major contemporary themes are laid out in the study of Human Rights, a group co-ordinated by Maria João Cabrita, the study of the relations between Culture and Politics, which occupies several researchers orientated by Rui Vieira Nery. A reflexion of our times are the groups in Security, both public and private, which is accompanied by Pedro Clemente. The other two groups mirror emergent phenomenons: they are International Terrorism and (In)security, led by Cristina Montalvão Sarmento, and Strategy, run by António Horta Fernandes.

The main axes of research don’t exclude the interest in Institutions and Political Processes (specifically the Portuguese example), which is orientated by José Fontes; and the renewed debate over Federalism, Regions and Regionalism, which aggregates several scholars from the State’s multidimensional facets, under the orientation of Paulo Vicente; lastly, the most relevant aspects of Public Finances are developed under the coordination of João Ricardo Catarino.

Additionally, a team led by Carlos Leone works the Archive and Repertoire of Tito Morais, which is available to the Observatory’s researchers.

Putting aside the constitution of new groups according which will arise according to a  justifiable scientific production, soon in this section you’ll be able to identify in each group the respective members and their publications and thesis, as well as the ways you can access them.