Resumo Biográfico

Dr Clara PORTELA holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is currently a full-time faculty member in Political Science at University of Valencia (Spain), having previously served as an Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University (Singapore).

Her research focuses on the foreign policy, with a focus on nuclear proliferation, international sanctions and EU-Asia relations. She is the author of the monograph ‘European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy’ (2010), for which she received the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration. She has prepared several reports for the European Parliament and participated in consultative policy processes convened by the United Nations, the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the UK House of Lords, the Parliament of Canada, and the Asia-Europe Meeting. Clara Portela has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (2015-17) and at University of Innsbruck (2014-15), and has held visiting positions with Carleton University (Canada), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France), and Monash University (Australia), among others.

Publicações Salientes


  • Portela, Clara (2010) European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy, Routledge: London

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011


Edited Volumes

  • “The EU and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” [with S. Blavuokos and D. Bourantonis], Palgrave-MacMillan: Houndsmills, Backingstone, 2015
  • “EU-ASEAN Relations in the 21st Century – Strategic Partnership in the Making” [with D. Novotny], Palgrave-MacMillan: Houndsmills, Backingstone, 2012


Journal Articles

  • Portela, Clara (2016) “Are EU sanctions ‘targeted’?”, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(3):912-29
  • Boogaerts, Andreas, Portela, Clara and Drieskens, Edith (2016) “One swallow does not make spring: A critical juncture perspective on the EU sanctions in response to the Arab Spring”, Mediterranean Politics 21(2): 205-225
  • Charron, Andrea and Portela, Clara (2015) “The UN, regional sanctions and Africa”, International Affairs 91(6): 1369–1385
  • Portela, Clara (2015) “Member states’ resistance to EU foreign policy sanctions”, European Foreign Affairs Review 20(3): 39–61
  • Portela, Clara and Orbie, Jan (2014) “Sanctions under the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP): Coherence by accident?”, Contemporary Politics 20(1): 63-76
  • Portela, Clara (2014) “The rise and fall of Spain’s ‘nuclear exceptionalism’”, European Security 23(1): 90-105
  • Portela, Clara and Raube, Kolja (2012) “The EU polity and foreign policy coherence”, Journal of Contemporary European Research 8(1): 3-20
  • Portela, Clara (2011) “Belarus and the European Union: Sanctions and partnership?“, Comparative European Politics 9(4): 486-505
  • Portela, Clara (2010) “The perception of the EU in Southeast Asia”, Asia Europe Journal 8(2): 149-160
  • Jasper, Ursula and Portela, Clara (2010) “European Union defence integration and nuclear weapons”, Security Dialogue April 41(2): 145-168 – [Reprint: “Europäische Verteidigungsintegration und die Atomwaffenfrage”, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, 4/2011]