João Cancela

Welcome to my website! I am a political scientist currently working at NOVA FCSH, in Lisbon, Portugal.

My main research interests are related to comparative political behaviour, but I have worked and published on other topics such as political institutions, civil society, elites' attitudes, and migration. I tend to take a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to the study of politics, and therefore use different methods to address different questions. I have conducted research using quantitative techniques (meta-analysis, spatial regression, cluster analysis or social network analysis) and qualitative methods (archival research).

I have had the opportunity to teach BA/undergraduate students in two different universities. Since 2016 I have been the sole instructor of a course on democracy and democratization at NOVA FCSH and between 2017 and 2019 I taught a number of different courses at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho.

In this website you can find a copy of my CV, links to my publications, and some course materials. You can also check my profiles at Google Scholar, ORCID, Research Gate, and Publons.

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