Dr Clara PORTELA is professor in Political Science at the University of Valencia (Spain), having previously served in a similar role at Singapore Management University (Singapore) and as a research fellow with the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union (EUISS) in Paris. Her research focuses on EU foreign policy. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the recipient of the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration. Clara Portela has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and the University of Innsbruck.

Recent publications include:
Portela, Clara, Paulina Pospieszna, Joanna Skrzypczyńska and Dawid Walentek, “Consensus against all odds: Explaining the persistence of EU sanctions on Russia”, Journal of European Integration, forthcoming.
Portela, Clara, “Horizontal sanctions regimes: Targeted sanctions reconfigured?”, in C. Beaucillon (ed) Research Handbook on Unilateral and Extraterritorial Sanctions, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2021), pp.441-457.
Portela, Clara, “Conceptualising coherence in EU external action”, in S. Gstöhl and S. Schunz (eds) The External Action of the European Union. Concepts, Approaches, Theories, Basingstoke: Macmillan (2021), pp.79-93.
Portela, Clara (2020) “Nuclear arms control regimes: state of play and perspectives”, In-depth Analysis, European Parliament, General Directorate for External Policies, December 2020.
Helwig, Niklas, Juna Jokela und Clara Portela, "EU-Sanktionspolitik in geopolitischen Zeiten", Zeitschrift für Integration, 4 (2020), pp.278-94.