Professor at the Department of History, Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Amélia Polónia is currently the scientific coordinator of the CITCEM Research Centre (Centro Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço e Memória).
Her scientific interests include agent-based analysis applied to historical dynamics, social and economic networks, maritime communities and self-organizing networks in the Early Modern Age. Seaports history, migrations, transfers and flows between different continents and oceans, informal mechanisms of empire building, women as brokers and go-betweens in overseas empires and the environmental implications of overseas European colonization are key-subjects of Amélia Polónia’s current research.
She was the Principal Investigator of the research projects HISPORTOS (POCTI/HAR/36417/2000; http://web.letras.up.pt/hisportos/); DynCoopNet (ESF - 06-TECT-FP-004; FCT-TECH/0002/2007. www.dyncoopnet-pt.org/ ), TECT/EUROCOES (ESF) project. She is the scientific coordinator of the research network The Governance of the Atlantic Seaports (14th – 21st Centuries) http://www.uned.es/gobernanza-puertos-atlanticos/ and the research network CoopMar. Transoceanic Cooperation. Public Policies and Sociocultural Iberoamerican community. https://coopmarcooperation.wordpress.com/ )
Her teaching activity is currently centered on scientific methodologies applied to Social Sciences, mostly related to transdisciplinary studies; History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion and History of European Colonization.
Amélia Polónia is director of the master’s course in African Studies, was a member of the Erasmus Mundus PhD program TEEME: Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (http://www.teemeurope.eu/), and she is a member of MOVES - Migration and Modernity: Historical and Cultural Challenges, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorate.