Professor at the Department of History, Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Amélia Polónia is a researcher of CITCEM (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), TECT/EUROCOES (ESF) project. She is the scientific coordinator of the research network The Governance of the Atlantic Seaports (14th – 21st Centuries) https://gobernanzapuertosatlanticos.jimdosite.com/ 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 European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS), an Erasmus+ MD (https://www.eimas.eu/en/), was a member of the scientific board, at U. Porto, 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 (http://projectmoves.eu/).