Amélia Polónia is Professor at the Department of History, Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Arts  of the University of Porto and  member of the CITCEM Research Centre (Centro Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço e Memória).  She is director of the master in African Studies and a member of the Scientific Committee of th Erasmus Mundus PhD program “TEEME: Text and Event in Early Modern Europe” (http://www.teemeurope.eu/). Her scientific interests are centred on colonial studies and include agent based analysis applied to historical dynamics, social and economic networks,  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 the overseas European colonisation .  She has been PI (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 Gouvernance of the Atlantic Seaports (14th. – 21th. Centuries) http://www.uned.es/gobernanza-puertos-atlanticos/

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