Catarina is a PhD student at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) of the University of Kent (UK), since September 2020. Her scientific interests focus on topics as Theory of International Relations, Foreign Policy, European Affairs, and Brexit through a mixed-methods approach. Particularly, her PhD project is dedicated to British Foreign Policy construction in the Brexit context, under the supervision of Professor Richard G. Whitman and Dr Philip Cunliffe.
Before joining the SPIR, Catarina spent two years working in diplomatic services and the business environment. In 2018, she completed a master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation from the University of Porto (Portugal), with the dissertation “Brexit: Portrayal of Implications on the Security and Defence of the European Union”. Additionally, she has already published studies related to the Great War and Portuguese Foreign Policy in this period.
Catarina is a member of the Global Europe Centre (GEC) and integrates the Comparative Politics Group (CPG) of the SPIR. She enjoys contributing actively to the academic community by engaging with issues of scientific diplomacy, including as a member of PARSUK (Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK).