Ricardo Roque is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. Currently he is also a Honorary Associate in the Department of History, University of Sydney, as part of the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South Laureate Program (REGS). He has received training in Sociology (BA Hons, MA, New University of Lisbon) and in History (PhD, University of Cambridge). His research combines imperial and postcolonial studies, social and cultural anthropology, and history and sociology of science. He has been working on the connections between human sciences, colonialism and indigenous cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth century in the late Portuguese empire, with a special focus on East Timor, Goa, and Angola.
For the current project, he is focusing on topics, agents and projects associated with the history of race and physical anthropology in Timor. He is also conducting an in-depth study of the colonial ethnographies and surveys produced by military officers, governors and missionaries, in connection with the Timorese usos e costumes (manners and customs), and the colonial study of customary law.