Amélia Maria Polónia da Silva

About Amélia Polónia

Professor at the Department of History, Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Arts ( of the University of Porto ( 

Member of the CITCEM Research Centre (Centro Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço e Memória)- Memory and Identity group focused on the study of social and cultural identities and heritage studies ( ).

Scientific interests include agent based modelling applied to historical dynamics, social and economic networks, micro-history, maritime communities and self-organizing networks. These topics are applied to direct interests on the Portuguese Overseas Expansion and the European Colonisation in the Early Modern Age.

Multi and trans disciplinary research is one of the present challenges. Migrations, diaspora, transfers and flows between different continents and oceans, as well as the study of local and global impact of the Portuguese overseas expansion are key-subjects of Amelia Polonia’ recent research.  

Teaching activity is currently centred on Scientific Methodologies applied to Social Sciences, mostly related to transdisciplinary studies; History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion and History of European Colonization. Amélia Polónia is a member both of the Scientific Committees of the Master in History and Heritage and the PhD in History of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto and a team member of the Erasmus Mundus PhD program "TEEME: Text and Event in Early Modern Europe" (, resulting from a consortium between the universities of Kent, Berlin (Freie Universität), Praga and Porto.

As for research projects

- She is PI (Principal Investigator) of the Portuguese team of the international and interdisciplinary project DynCoppNet (Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self-Organizing Networks in the First Global Age (ESF: 06-TECT-FP-004; FCT: TECH/0002/2007 (Project of European Science Foundation’s EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research) Scheme’s program “The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading”.  

- She is the PL (Project leader) of an interdisciplinary project on Maritime memories and identities. Cultures, practices and representations of maritime communities. (Acronym: MEMIMAR) (Project to be developed on CITCEM research activities)

- She was a team member of a submitted project to FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) on Evolutionary Mechanisms of self-organised cooperation (PTDC/CS-ANT/115237/2009), headed by Jorge M. Pacheco.

- She was the PL of the multidisciplinary project  Hisportos – Portuguese  Northwestern seaports  (15th-18th. Centuries) (POCTI/HAR/36417/2000)  ( and the coordinator of the team of REDINPORT  (Reconstitution of the dynamics of NW Portuguese Seaports in the Early Modern Age), submitted to the FCT by the Instituto de História Moderna – Universidade do Porto.