About us

What is CICPRIS?
Centre for Research in Political Science, International Relations and Security


The ‘Centre for Research in Political Science, International Relations and Security’ (CICPRIS) is a Research Unit constituted by about fifty researchers of the Department of «Political Science, Security and International Relations» of the FCSEA of the Humanities and Technologies Lusophone University and of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Oporto Lusophone University.
In addition to its own organs the centre counts on an International Adviser Council composed by Professors belonging to eleven leading European Universities (twelve Colleges) with high reputation. It also counts on an official organ, the Journal «ResPublica», on a new series, with 13 published issues, 5 of them already on the new series. The «ResPublica» Editorial Council is composed by researchers of multitudinous foreign universities, including those who are present in the CICPRIS International Adviser Council.


This Centre is developing several research programs (see on the section «Research» of the «Site») that go from the Political Science to Security, Religion, African and Lusophone Studies and to International Relations. It concerns to fundamental research, but also to case studies and to comparative case studies, having in mind to promote solutions to the agents who, on the ground, are professionally busy with these research areas.


The great objectives of CICPRIS consist of promoting the research near ULHT and ULP teaching staff, and in general, in the Lusophone Group, betting strongly in the internationalization through the foundation of a net with eleven Universities in an active partnership, both in the plan of researchers mobility and in partnerships to the production of international scientific events, and in the plan of the foundation of an interuniversity net of scientific journals, on which the researchers may publish the results of their investigations under a scientific monitoring system.


Another eminent objective consists of setting up cooperation protocols with universities, institutions and companies of high reputation, both at a national level and at an international one , in order to the development of research programs directed to the supply of high qualified services.


This Centre is actually presenting its candidature to the FCT (Foundation to the Science and Technology) accreditation. The Centre aspires to guide its activity to pioneer areas of researching in Political Science, according to three basic axles: (a) structural changes of the political phenomenon in the network and digital society, (b) State, Regional Integration and CPLP from the Community Systems to the Representative State, the Technology Revolution and the New World Order and (c) the modern tendencies in the security area in view of the structural mutations in the State, of the globalization and of the Technology Revolution.


Taking into account the characteristics of the Lusophone Group in which CICPRIS is included, the institutional protocols of the Group with international institutions, such as CPLP, to whom ULHT is an Adviser Member, or national firms, such as «Eurosondagem», a pools firm, as AMAI, Political Independent  Local Movements Association protocol signed), and of CICPRIS with companies, such as the Multinational “Securitas, SA” (protocol signed), or, still, with institutions like the “Gramsci Institute Foundation” (Roma, Italy; protocol signed), but also, besides the numerous student population of African origin in ULHT, one of the greatest university student communities of African origin at an European scale, to the strong presence of the Group in Lusophone Countries, through more than 20 institutions of Higher Education, the Centre will sign protocols of cooperation to the investigation with these institutions of the Group in these countries, enfolding its teachers, researchers and students in concrete research projects.


So, the research developed by CICPRIS will be internationally oriented toward two complementary directions, placing itself as a hinge-institution between the CPLP space and the European Union, and it will have at the same time the character of basic research with a complementary component of applied research.