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 The Research Center in Political Science’s mission and final objective has remained unchanged since its creation in 2015: to achieve the highest quality of research in Political Science in Portugal. CICP results from the merger of two research units (NEAPP and NICPRI), a merger that aimed at creating synergies and concentrating human capital in the complementary subfields within the scope of Political Science. The two previous research units, as well as the CICP, gained the FCT’s recognition by obtaining the maximum classification and being distinguished as the best existing research units in its scientific field. Given the organic merger of the two units with an “excellent” grade in the research field of political science attributed by the FCT, as well as the extensive evolution of the activities of the two units in the last evaluation periods (2003-2008 and 2008-2012) and the renewal of the same classification for CICP in 2015, it is a reasonable expectation to compete for maintaining the highest grade attributed by the FCT: Excellent.

This mission must be accomplished by pursuing three general objectives:

(1) maintaining the production of quality researches;

(2) ensuring CICP’s position/relevance at the national and international levels;

(3) promoting the transfer of knowledge and dissemination of results to the civil society.

The main strategies of this research unit are:

– To promote the publication in international peer-review journals in close connection with the needs of the society in which they operate, in order to emphasize CICP’s presence in the research field of ​​political science.

– to increase the number of formal and informal affiliations in international research networks, in order to provide the demand for research agendas in collaboration with external researchers (in Portugal and abroad).

– to promote a policy of scientific employment by recruiting promising researchers for Post-Doctoral fellowships that fit the mission and objectives of the center.

– to promote the policy of financial and academic support for doctoral students of the doctoral programs associated with CICP.

– to encourage the publication and indexing of the CICP scientific journal “PERSPECTIVAS – Journal of Political Science”, in an attempt to combine the initiation of young researchers in publishing practices and the creation of a space for more experienced authors to disseminate the results of their research.

– to offer conditions for the presentation of Research Financing Proposals to external subsidies that promote some financial autonomy.


Our Mission

The CICP mission is to achieve the highest level of research in Political Science in Portugal. In order to achieve this status, and as means to remain at the top of FCT’s ranking with the EXCELLENT grade, we have merged two of the best R&D units in Portugal in this scientific field, with the aim of taking a synergistic advantage of resources and the natural approximation of human capital, working closely in the subfields within the political science spectrum. This research unit aims to be the best in the field of social and human sciences.


Director and Deputy Directors
Directive Committee

Silvério Rocha e Cunha

Deputy Director | Research Group Leader

Laura Ferreira-Pereira

Research Group Leader

António Tavares

Research Group Leader

Joaquim Filipe Araújo

Research Group Leader
Scientific Board
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Alena Vieira

PhD in Political Science (University Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Ana Paula Brandão

PhD in Political Science and International Relations (Universidade do Minho)
Research Center in Political Science

Annette Bongardt

PhD in Economics (European University Institute, Florence)
Research Center in Political Science

António Raimundo

PhD in International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

António Tavares

PhD in Public Administration (Florida State University)
Department of Business Management, University of Minho

Delfina Gomes

PhD in Business Administration (University of Minho)
Department of History, University of Évora

Helder Fonseca

PhD in Contemporary History (University of Évora)
Institute for Research and Advanced Training

Hugo Fernandez

PhD in Sociology (University of Évora)
Department of Economics (University of Évora)

Irene Viparelli

PhD in Ethics and Political-Legal Philosophy (University of Salerno)
Department of History, European Studies, Archeology and Arts (DHEEAA), University of Coimbra

Isabel Camisão

PhD in Political Science and International Relations (Universidade do Minho)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Isabel Estrada Carvalhais

PhD in Sociology (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
Department of Philosophy, University of Évora

João Tiago Lima

PhD in Philosophy (University of Évora)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Joaquim Filipe Araújo

PhD in Public Administration (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

José António Palmeira

PhD in Political Science and International Relations (University of Minho)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Laura Ferreira-Pereira

PhD in International Relations (University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Lúcio Sousa

Doctorate in Social Sciences (University of Minho)
Department of Economics, University of Évora

Manuel Branco

Doctorate in Economics (Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Department of Economics, University of Évora

Marco António Martins

PhD in International Relations (Technical University of Lisbon)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Maria do Céu Pinto Arena

PhD | Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Faculty of Social Studies, UK)
Department of History, University of Évora

Maria de Deus Manso

PhD in History (University of Évora)
Department of Management, University of Évora

Fátima Jorge

PhD in Business Management (University of Évora)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Miguel Ângelo Rodrigues

PhD in Administration Sciences (Universidade do Minho)
Department of Economics, University of Évora

Miguel Rocha de Sousa

Doctorate in Economics (University of Évora)
Department of Economics, University of Évora

Nuno de Salter Cid

Doctorate in Legal and Political Theory (University of Évora)
Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra

Patrícia Moura e Sá

PhD in Business (Sheffield Hallam University)
Department of History, University of Évora

Paulo Guimarães

PhD in History
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Pedro Camões

PhD in Political Science - major in Public Administration (University of South Carolina)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Sandra Fernandes

PhD in Political Science (Specialization in International Relations) Science Po, Institute d'Études Politiques
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Sandrina Antunes

PhD in Political Science (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Department of Economics, University of Évora

Silvério Rocha e Cunha

Doctorate in Legal and Political Theory (University of Évora)
Department of Political Science, University of Minho

Silvia Camões

PhD in Political Science (University of Binghamton - State University of New York)
Department of Business and Legal Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

Sónia P. Nogueira

PhD in Business Economics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Business Administration Center of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra

Susana Jorge

PhD in Accounting and Finance (Birmingham Business School)

FCT Evaluation


The Research Center in Political Science (CICP), following the application for Evaluation and Funding of R&D Units in 2018, and as the result of the evaluation by the International panel, obtained the classification of


CICP maintains the highest grade awarded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), ensuring its position as one of the best research centers in the area of Law and Political Science in Portugal.


CICP Activity Reports

The Research Center in Political Science, is based at the School of Economics and Management (EEG) of the University of Minho (its Proponent Institution) and at the Institute for Advanced Research and Training of University of Évora (Participating Institution). The aim of CICP is to promote scientific research, ongoing training and activities to provide specialized services to the community in its fields of research.

Code of Ethical Conduct

The Research Center in Political Science (CICP) assumes an unequivocal institutional commitment to Ethics, as a fundamental vector of its activity and affirmation.

Its code of conduct establishes an affirmation of values ​​and a set of norms that guide the mission of the Center in its scientific research activities, interaction with society, and in its general functioning, based on the ethical principles of equity and justice, respect for the dignity of the human person and personal and professional responsibility.

CICP organizes a number of annual, regular and one-time events and operates a variety of activities with the purposes of professional development and scholarly and educational exchange. CICP is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment and experience for all participants regardless of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, age, or religion. ‘Participants’ includes (but is not limited to) all people taking part in an event or activity, including event participants, organizers, students, CICP staff, local staff, editors and authors.

The CICP expects all participants to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner towards all fellow participants at all times. Harassment, unprofessional behaviour or inappropriate behaviour towards other participants undermine the principle of equity at the heart of these events and activities, are inconsistent with CICP principles and should not be tolerated. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include:

    1. Persistent and unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy;
    2. Persistent and unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy accompanied by real or implied threat of professional or physical harm;
    3. Intimidating, harassing, abusive, personally derogatory or demeaning speech or actions;

4. Prejudicial actions or comments related to actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, age, or religion;

5. Deliberate intimidation or stalking;

6. Inappropriate photography or recording;

7. Sustained disruption of panels, talks or other discussions;

8.Physical assault (including unwelcome touching).

 CICP expects participants to act appropriately to mitigate or avoid potential harm to a fellow participant should they witness any behaviour they feel to be inappropriate. In situations where a participant feels a fellow participant is in imminent physical danger at an event, they should alert CICP staff or security immediately.

All participants wishing to report any behaviour they consider to be unacceptable or in contravention of the Code of Conduct may address CICP’s Director or Deputy Directors by email or may address them during an event.

 All complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. CICP does not currently have a process to investigate, review evidence, rule on complaints or issue sanctions, but will instead monitor complaints about patterns of behaviour and regularly review whether any action or revision to this policy may be required


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