Cláudia Castelo is a historian and Research Fellow at the Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon (IICT). She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, a MA in History of the twentieth century and a BA in History from the New University of Lisbon. She is also a post-graduate in Documentation Sciences – Archives. She has been archivist in the Municipality of Lisbon (2001-2009). Currently, at IICT she coordinates the projectScientific heritage: collections and memories about scientific expeditions to the Portuguese colonies.
Her research interests include the history of the Portuguese Colonial Empire in the twentieth century, white settlement in Angola and Mozambique, and ‘colonial science’. In the current project, she is working on a biographical study of the Portuguese poet, botanist and ethnographer, Ruy Cinatti, and on oral histories and interviews to former scientists who worked in Timor.