The Estoril Conferences Research Fellowship Prize, with value of 15.000 euros, was awarded to the best research proposal project presented in the Portuguese language by young researchers, up to 30 years of age.
The themes for the projects were:
- Climate Changes and International Systems
- Energy security, international tensions and conflict prevention
- Sub-Saharan Africa and the international system: The Future Challenges
- Global governance, multilateralism and the new European model
- The international trade and food security
The jury was formed by:
- Professor Luís Lobo-Fernandes, Minho University
- Professor Luís Moita, Autónoma University
- Professor Miguel Santos Neves, IEEI
- Professor José Manuel Pureza, Coimbra University
- Professor Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
For the 2011 award, three finalists were selected:
João Filipe Gonçalves – Environmental migration: the mediterranean situation and the European Union challenges.
João Veiga Esteves – Regional Integration, Energetic Security and Conflict Prevention - The Role of Mozambique in Southeast Africa.
Leonardo Mello Dutra - Social business for the bottom billion – Angola’s case.
The Research Fellowship 2011 was endorsed to João Veiga Esteves for the project - Regional Integration, Energetic Security and Conflict Prevention - The Role of Mozambique in Southeast Africa.
The theme of the project, which involves the analysis of the complex relationships between energetic security, conflict prevention and regional integration in the African context, has undeniable relevance and timeliness in the current international context in which the competition between states, led by large state enterprises, for the energy access intensifies and energy insecurity emerges as a key factor of aggravation of international tensions.
In this context, the project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of regional and regional organizations, with reference to the SADC experience in conflict prevention through the enhanced of energetic security based on development cooperation and regional supply networks, the sharing of best practices and exploitation of scale economies, diversification of supply sources, thus contradicting the trend of energy nationalism still dominant.
The originality of the project lies especially in an interesting and innovative way as the dimensions articulate global, regional and local analysis of the complex process of regional energy integration, as well as the way of thinking concrete solutions to overcome obstacles and maximize the opportunities, highlighting the role strategic potential of Mozambique.
João Nuno Veiga Esteves de Albuquerque has 25 years old, a degree in Economics and is Master in International Cooperation and International Cooperation by School of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon.