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Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Programme coordinatorsPaula Duarte Lopes
Main scientific areaPolitical Science and Citizenship
Duration4 years
Programme in collaboration with
Centre for Social Studies (CES)
Language of instruction / evaluation

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 was, until last year, 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 Coimbra University as a centre of excellence in the study and debate of International Relations.  The Programme is offered in collaboration with the Centre for Social Studies (CES), providing students to participate in a vibrant multidisciplinary and highly internationalised scientific community.


The Macau Foundation offers scholarships to Coimbra University Master and PhD students that are doing dissertations, or theses, related to Macau. These annual scholarships may be renewed once only giving up to a maximum of two years of financial support. They are awarded in single instalments of MOP 60,000 to Master students (equivalent to more than 6,000 Euro) and MOP 100,000 to Doctoral students (equivalent to more than 10,000 Euro). More information is available (in Portuguese) at:

The Programme follows a biannual regime, opening therefore a new edition every two years.

VISITING SCHOLAR | Oliver Richmond
Foto Prof. Olivier

Prof. Oliver Richmond is currently a FEUC's Visiting Scholar associated to the PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution.  Oliver Richmond is a Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and is primary area of expertise is in peace and conflict theory, and in particular its inter-linkages with IR theory. His most recent work has been on peace formation and its relation to state formation, statebuilding, and peacebuilding (Failed Statebuilding and Peace Formation, Yale University Press 2014 & Peace Formation and Political Order, Oxford University Press,  2016). 

His well-known book, The Transformation of Peace was published in 2005/7, funded by a Leverhulme Fellowship, and examined the construction of the 'liberal peace', in post-conflict zones.  A follow-up volume, Liberal Peace Transitions: Between Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (Edinburgh University Press) extended this analysis. A further study, Post-Liberal Peace Transitions (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), focused on the interaction of peace formation dynamics with intervention in the same case studies, He has also published, with colleagues, several handbooks and critical collections of essays on peace and conflict issues, the latest being a Handbook of Regional and Disciplinary Approaches to Peace (Palgrave 2016). He has led and been involved in several major research projects, funded by a range of research councils and donors.  He is currently leading and AHRC grant on the Arts and Peacebuilding, and is also Work Package Leader for a H2020 grant called ‘Good intentions, mixed results – a conflict sensitive unpacking of the EU comprehensive approach to conflict and crisis mechanisms’. Earlier awards include grants from the Leverhulme Trust (mentioned above); two EUFP7 grants (Work Package Leader, ‘Just and Durable Peace’ and Scientific Coordinator, ‘Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in the EU and India’); an EU Marie Curie for post-doctoral support on EU peacebuilding in DRC and other cases; three grants from the British Academy for work on terrorism and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, and other cases, as well as fieldwork in Timor, Cyprus, and on peace/state formation in the MENA region; as well as UNU grants for work on spoilers and on liberal peacebuilding; and from the Carnegie and Nuffield Trusts for fieldwork in Timor, the Solomon Islands and Sri Lanka, as well as the Balkans, and for post-doctoral support. He has also conducted research within key institutions involved in peacebuilding (such as the UN, World Bank, EU, major donors, etc). He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities around the world including the University of Queensland and ANU (Australia), University of Oxford (UK), NTU (Singapore), University of Coimbra (Portugal), METU (Ankara), Koc University (Istanbul), University of Tubingham (Germany), Near East University (Northern Cyprus), Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), Kyung Hee University (Korea), and PUC (Rio de Janeiro), and given talks at many more. He has advised or been consulted by a number of international donors and NGOs, universities, the Agha Khan Academies, the UK FCO and UN Association, the  Foreign Affairs Select Committee, media such as Radio 4, the BBC World Service, Swedish National TV, Radio New Zealand, a number of newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal, Cyprus Mail, and the Phnom Penh Post. He is the editor of a Palgrave Book Series called Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies and co-editor of the journal "Peacebuilding": He is also a member of the editorial boards of several key journals, and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, International  Professor at the School of Global Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea, and Visiting Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland.

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