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Catarina is a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) of the University of Kent (UK), since September 2020. Catarina started her research journey in History in 2016, at the University of Porto (Portugal). Currently, her research focuses on British foreign policy changes and ideas in the Brexit context. Her PhD project is dedicated to "The journey of ‘Global Britain’: Foreign Policy changes in the Brexit context". Catarina is under the supervision of Professor Richard G. Whitman and Dr Philip Cunliffe and has funding from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), a Portuguese government agency.
Before joining the SPIR, Catarina spent two years working in diplomatic services and the business environment, travelling and learning 6 languages. 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 Grants & Members Coordinator of PARSUK (Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK), and as a member of the KCWA (Kent's Consortium for World Affairs).