Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute: Portuguese Institute of International Relations, New University of Lisbon (IPRI-UNL), Portugal

IPRI-UNLOn 22 December 2012 the General Assembly of TEPSA has unanimously voted in favour of the inclusion of a new TEPSA member: Portuguese Institute of International Relations, New University of Lisbon (IPRI-UNL).

Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais | UNL

The Portuguese Institute of International Relations of the New University of Lisbon is an academic research institute founded in 2003 by the New University of Lisbon, the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD) and the Orient Foundation (Fundação Oriente), with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG). It is home to various researchers specialising in political science, international relations, contemporary history, comparative politics, diplomacy and economics. It has been recognised as a Public Utility Institution since 1 October 2010 (Diário da República 203, 2nd Series, Part C, of 19 October 2010) for services rendered to the community in the field of culture, through the promotion of academic research in international relations within a multidisciplinary framework.During its first years of activity, the IPRI-UNL concentrated its academic work exclusively on international relations, developing a line of research in that field.

Seven years after its foundation, the IPRI-UNL is institutionally consolidated and has proved its credentials with the results of its academic production. On the other hand, given the eminently multi-disciplinary nature of the field, our academic work has demonstrated the theoretical need for and relevance of a broadening of the academic areas covered by the Institute to include political science.

To that end, the IPRI-UNL has decided not only to broaden the academic areas it covers including 3 research groups – International Relations, Political Science and Prospective Studies:

• International Relations Research Group includes four consolidated areas: (i) the history of international relations, (ii) security studies, (iii) regional area studies and (iv) Portuguese foreign policy;

• Political Science Research Group focus on three well-established domains: (i) elites, parties and political behaviour, (ii) representation, the state and civil society and (iii) institutions, governance and public policies

• Prospective Studies Research Group is based in two main domains: (i) explorative prospective and (ii) strategic prospective.

Within the framework of developing its academic activities, the IPRI-UNL has traced three basic goals: first, to promote academic research in the fields of political science and international relations from an inter-disciplinary perspective and in accordance with international benchmarking standards; second, to support the training of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in political science and international relations, and to integrate them into international networks; third, to develop not just theoretical work, but also applied research that can respond to the needs of the community and the market, as determined by the internationalisation of Portuguese society.

With this in mind, five strategic priorities were laid out:

1. The development of lines of academic research: through research projects organised into two Research Groups – one working on political science and the other on international relations;

2. The training of researchers: the IPRI-UNL operates as a host and support institution for researchers who are undertaking their doctorate or post-doctoral studies in the fields covered by the Institute;

3. The establishment of a reference and documentation centre:the creation of a regularly updated specialised information and documentation centre, integrated into Portuguese and international cooperation networks, to serve the research needs of the IPRI-UNL as well as the general public;

4. The development of an editorial line: the publication of the results of the Institute’s research projects and other academic activities at different levels and using different forms of dissemination – including books, the Relações Internacionais (R:I) Journal, a Newsletter, Working Papers, Occasional Papers and the Institute’s website;

5. The promotion of scholarly debate in political science and international relations: through the organisation of courses, workshops, colloquia and conferences on the areas covered by the Institute and other topical issues of interest and relevance to the community.

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