Academic Qualifications

PhD in International Relations and Political Science – International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Hague, The NetherlandsDiploma of advanced studies in African Studies – University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Master of Science in Development Studies – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK

Post-graduation in Management Consulting for Corporate Transformation – Financial Markets and Assets Research Centre, Lisbon, Portugal

Bachelor (Hons) in Business Administration – University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Biographical Information

Ricardo Real Pedrosa de Sousa is an Assistant Professor at Autonomous University of Lisbon (UAL) and integrated researcher at OBSERVARE in Portugal. He has a PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands. He was also part of the Research School in Peace and Conflict (PRIO / NTNU / UiO) in Norway and associated with the African Studies Center (CEA) Lisbon University Institute (IUL) in Portugal as a researcher. He also has a Master of Science in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, a post-graduation diploma of advanced studies in African Studies and a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Business Administration both from the Lisbon University Institute. Previously he worked for the United Nations in Timor-Leste and Guyana and for Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portugal. The research work is situated in the area of Peace and Conflict studies linking international relations, political science and security studies using a mixed method approach. Areas of interest are civil war and other forms of political violence, the resource curse, external interventions and international institutions for peace and security. He has focused on the African region, Angola, Somalia, the United Nations and the African Union.

Key Publications

Sousa, Ricardo P. (2015) External Interventions in Post-Cold War Africa – 1989-2010, International Interactions, 41: 4, 621-647

Sousa, Ricardo (2014). External Interventions and Civil War Intensity in South-Central Somalia (1991-2010), Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, 28, pp. 57-86

Sousa, Ricardo (2014). Comparing Datasets: Understanding Conceptual Differences in Quantitative Conflict Studies, In Helen Hintjens and Dubravka Zarkov (Ed.). Conflict, Peace, Security andDevelopment – Theories and Methodologies, Routledge

Sousa, Ricardo (2013). “African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) subsidiarity and the Horn of Africa: the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)“, in Alexandra Magnolia Dias (eds) “State and societal challenges in the Horn of Africa – Conflict and processes of state formation, reconfiguration, and disintegration” pp. 59-77, Lisbon, Center of African Studies (CEA)

Sousa, Ricardo (2009). “The nature of the parties in the perspectives of power sharing in the Angola Peace process”, in Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues and Ana Bérnard da Costa (eds) “Poverty and Peace in the Portuguese Speaking African Countries”, pp. 41-61, Lisbon: Sextante editora (Portuguese)


Sousa, R. (2014) "External Interventions and Civil War Intensity in South-Central Somalia (1991-2010)", Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, 28, pp. 7-86.