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Clara Portela

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Full-time faculty member, University of Valencia


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 the University of Valencia (Spain), having previously served as an Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University (Singapore).

Her research focuses on the foreign policy of the European Union (EU), 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 participated in consultative processes convened by the United Nations, the European Parliament, 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.


2011. THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration


Research interests

  • International Sanctions
  • Non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy