She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and an Auxiliary Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where she teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree courses in International Relations and in the Doctoral programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution. She holds a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Kent, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Minho. Her research interests comprise the following areas: peace studies, the theory of international relations, foreign policy, and Russian and the post-Soviet space. She has published several book chapters and articles in both national and international scientific journals. She is the author of Conflict and Security in the Former Soviet Union: The Role of the OSCE, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2003; and is co-editor with Roger Kanet of Key Players and Regional Dynamics in Eurasia: The Return of the ‘Great Game’, Palgrave, 2010. Her current research work is focused on the analysis of Russian foreign policy, European safety policies as well as peacekeeping and peacebuilding.