Helena Carrapiço is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a visiting fellow at the Law Department of the European University Institute. She graduated from the Portuguese Catholic University in 2002 and earned a Master of Arts from the College of Europe in 2003, where she specialized in pre-accession and enlargement studies. She holds a doctoral degree in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, where she developed a thesis on European security and organized crime.
Before taking on her current position, Dr. Carrapiço worked as a research fellow at the Institute for European Integration Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Before obtaining her doctoral degree, she held a research position at the Institute for National Defense of the Portuguese Ministry of Defense and a visiting fellowship at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels.
Dr. Carrapiço's current research focuses on organized crime in the context of the external dimension of Justice and Home Affairs. Her broader interests include International Relations theories, critical security studies, EU policies and politics, and Justice and Home Affairs.