Overview

COORDINATION: Maria Raquel Freire


SUBJECT AREA | OBJECTIVES

SUBJECT AREA

The Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution focuses on the interdisciplinary study of international politics, and is oriented towards advanced competency training in reading contemporary international politics, with special emphasis on studying the dynamics of international strife, be it from the viewpoint of causes and signs of emerging conflicts, or from the viewpoint of theoretical and technical instruments for conflict resolution, thus endeavouring to combine the agendas of research in conflict studies and those of peace studies. The programme seeks to develop specialized knowledge of contemporary international conflicts, and an understanding of available tools for the post-cold war world.

This Programme is integrated in the Caspian Marie Curie ITN, with leading universities in this area, in a proposal which represents innovation in Portuguese academic life and which sets out to confirm Coimbra University as a centre of excellence in the study and debate of International Relations.

The Doctoral Progamme in International Relations – International Politics and Conflict Resolution started in 2004-2005 and was accredited by the Agência para a Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (A3ES) in 2015 for 6 years. The Programme is offered on a biennial basis, opening therefore a new edition every two years. The programme has been funded by FCT since 2015.

OBJECTIVES

The Programme aims to respond to the need for cadres and resources by providing the up-to-date and in-depth knowledge indispensable for an appropriate approach to the current world scenario, which is considerably more complex than that moulded by the Cold War. To this end, it is framed within a markedly interdisciplinary context, with deep conviction in the internationalisation of teaching. Further, this Doctoral Programme is integrated in the European network, Caspian, with leading universities in this area, in a proposal which represents innovation in Portuguese academic life and which sets out to confirm University of Coimbra as a pole of reference in the study and debate of International Relations.

"I chose CES for its research diversity. I felt it could be a place to grow academically and allow me to contribute in a meaningful way. The research centre is a meeting point of the world where diversity goes far beyond the range of subjects and study, but also provides a global community of people who are passionate in contributing to an active learning space."

Natalie Shobana Ambrose, 3rd year (Malaysia)