Carmen Amado Mendes


Current Research Interests

People's Republic of China: Domestic and Foreign Policy; Economy; Socio-cultural Issues and Behavioural Aspects around Negotiation Strategies; Chinese Diaspora; Macau.

Field of Specialization

China: foreign policy; relations with Europe, Africa and the Portuguese-speaking countries; South-South cooperation; policy of national reunification - Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan; negotiation tactics
International Relations: Geopolitics and geostrategy; International negotiation; Diplomacy; Methodology.

Coordination of Research Projects

"Macau, Hong Kong and the European Perceptions of China", as an individual researcher under the "Academic Research Grants by IEEM" competition - Asia Europe Comparative Studies Research Project, sponsored by Institute of European Studies of Macao (IEEM), Macao (2013)
"China's 'South-South' Relations", as a senior researcher for Europe China Research and Advice Network, to provide policy advice on China to the European External Action Service and the Commission, sponsored by European External Action Service (EEAS), European Union (between 2012 and 2013)
"Assessing the 'One Country, Two Systems' Formula: The role of Macau in China's Relations with the European Union and the Portuguese-speaking countries", as the coordinator and principal investigator of the project that analyzes and highlights the role of the Macao Special Administrative Region in China's foreign policy, sponsored by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal (between 2010 and 2013)

Research Team Member

"Orientación Educative y Profesional en el Sistema Educativo Chino", as a member of the team constituted by Spanish and Chinese researchers, which analyzes the international mobility of Chinese students and the presence of Chinese students in the Spanish and Portuguese education systems. Research project sponsored by scholarships Santander Universities / Ibero-American for Research. Host institution: Universidad de Salamanca (between 2018 and 2021)
"Instruments for the relaunch of the cooperation process in the Western Mediterranean", as a participant and representative of the National Defense Institute at the Working Group No. 4, presided over by the Centre des Hautes Études Militaires (France), spomsored by the National Defense Institute (IDN), Lisbon (between 2004 and 2005)


Contact Person in Portugal of East Asia Net, representing Observatório da China (between 2011 and 2013) and the University of Coimbra (since 2014); Contact point of Erasmus' exchanges of East Asia Net (since 2016)
Invited member of the Portuguese Institute of Sinology (since 2010)
Member of the International Relations Committee of Lisbon Geographical Society (since 2013) and member (since 2011)
Board member of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP) (between 2006 and 2010)
Board Member of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) (between 2008 and 2014) and special adviser (between 2014 and 2016)
Founding member of the Observatory of China - Association for Multiplinary Research of Chinese Studies (2005) and Vice-President of the board (between 2005 and 2006)
Contact person in Portugal of the Red Iberoamericana de Sinología - Ribsi (International Iberoamerican Network on Sinology) (since 2013)
President of the International Relations Group of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP) (between 2010 and 2012)