Ph.D. candidate University of Minho
João Mourato Pinto is graduated in International Relations from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and holds a master’s degree in International Relations – European Studies from both this university and Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). Currently, João Pinto is a Professor of diplomacy and a Ph.D. candidate based at the University of Minho studying the European Union as a global actor, especially towards Brazil and South America. He was a member of a research project on the EU's Strategic Partnerships funded by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) and has worked at the European Research Council (European Commission). Additionally, he is a former President of the Erasmus Student Network (2017-2019), where he has worked to increase access to and the quality of higher education student exchanges worldwide. João Pinto is a member of the Research Center in Political Science at the University of Minho and collaborates with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. His main research interests are EU external action, Brazilian foreign policy, South American regionalism, public diplomacy, and democratic participation and citizenship in the EU.