Alberto is a PhD candidate at the Department of European and International Studies at King's College London. He has an initial background in Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor and Master in the Catholic University of Portugal), including two stints as a Business Consultant and working for a French multinational Bank in Paris.
After that, he decided to delve further into his lifelong passion for International Politics, getting a Master from the University of Lisbon and gaining two work experiences in Portuguese embassies: six months as an intern in the Portuguese Representation to the OECD and one year as a Political Analyst in the Portuguese Embassy to the USA.
In the meantime, and before starting his PhD in King’s College, he has collaborated with two different Portuguese associations for the study of International Relations and Politics, which included the writing and publication of one working paper and one article.
The topic of Alberto's doctoral research is German European policy in the decade between 2008 and 2018, and the main research question is: given the political dominance that Germany is considered to have in European Union (EU) policies, does it constitute, or not, a “Regional Hegemon”?
This research proposal focuses on three study cases of crises that occurred in the last decade, and in which Germany was a leader in both shaping the EU’s solutions and/or vetoing potential solutions. The three study cases are the triple crises that the EU faced in the last decade, namely the “Euro crisis” (and especially its Greek component); the “Crimea Crisis” resulting from the Russian military intervention in 2014 and the “Refugee crisis” with the influx of migrants and refugees from Middle East and Africa and the EU’s response to that phenomenon, in 2015, led by Germany.
Alberto tests the key hypothesis of a German regional hegemony that exists within the European Union, using, as a starting assumption, the concept of Germany being the EU’s “reluctant hegemon” (a concept first advanced by Bulmer and Paterson). The EU, being a “civilian/normative power” where there is no need to use military means to assert supremacy, allowed for Germany to transform its structural power into an ideational hegemony and institutional power that is superior to any other country.
- German European and Foreign Policy
- French European and Foreign Policy
- Franco-German Relations
- European Union Defence and Foreign Policy
- Transatlantic Relations