Joana Ricarte is a researcher at the University of Coimbra Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (iiiUC) and guest professor of the MA in Cultural Heritage and Museology at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts of the same institution. A historian and political scientist with expertise in identity and conflict studies, her work has been interdisciplinary, in the intersection between International Relations, History, European Studies, Political Psychology and Sociology. She is the author of The Impact of Protracted Peace Processes on Identities in Conflict: the case of Israel and Palestine, published by Palgrave MacMillan, researcher and principal investigator (PI) in several projects funded by national and international programmes, including the European Commiayion''s Horizon Europe. Currently, Joana Ricarte is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CCP) of the International Relations Research Group (NUPRI) of the University of São Paulo, Brazil; Collaborator Researcher at the University of Coimbra''s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20); and Special Advisor at the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD), in the UK. Her previous positions include Invited Assistant Professor in the Department Sociology, MA program in International Relations at the University of Beira Interior (UBI); Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research (UCILeR), at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) of the University of Minho and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20) of the University of Coimbra. Joana''s research interests include critical perspectives on identity building, peace, violence(s) and conflict, particularly in the European context, as well as interpretative research, post-positivism and qualitative methodology. Her overall work has sought to explain how dynamics of identity, power and otherness shape protracted social conflicts in both domestic and International levels and how these are related with the maintenance and perpetuation of conflict through time.