Dr. Susana Melo

Assistant Professor, Social Development & Policy
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Melo is very enthusiastic about the idea of contributing to the training of students’ ability to critically reflect upon the theoretical premises of different methodological approaches in the Social Sciences. On the one hand, this derives from the extensive hands-on doctoral and post-doctoral experience she has since 2007 of exploring and deploying a range of research methods and strategies for collecting, selecting and using large and complex sets of data and secondary bibliographical resources.

On the other hand, as a graduated secondary school teacher with over 10 years of professional experience in different European countries (Hungary, Portugal, Spain) and at different levels of education, including higher education (e.g., the University of Barcelona), Dr. Melo is a highly skilled educator with strong inter-cultural competences. A key vocational ability of hers is to motivate students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn, develop their own learning strategies, and to achieve academic successes.

Both of Dr. Melo’s doctoral studies at the University of Bristol and her post-doctoral research position at the University of Nottingham have enabled her to work across the disciplines of International Relations, Political Sociology, Political Economy and Public Policy, exploring the complex ways in which education is governed in the context of global development. Her most recent appointment as Research Fellow in the EU-funded project Lifelong Learning, Innovation, Growth and Human Capital Tracks in Europe has fostered her ability to work well in interdisciplinary environments.


  • Ph.D. in Political Sociology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
  • MPhil in Research Methods, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
  • Professional Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Portuguese language and literature and English as a Second Language), University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and Literature, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
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