Edalina is a researcher at Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon.
Her research interests comprise democratization, popular protest, constituency service, political institutions, elections, political parties and party systems, with a focus on Africa. Her work has been featured in Journal of International Relations and Development, African Affairs, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, International Politics, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, South European Society and Politics, etc. Her book Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018), brings together data on over 100 lower-house elections held in Africa’s (semi) democracies, combined with evidence from selected cases studies (Zambia, Mozambique and Cabo Verde). She recently edited Popular Protest, Political Opportunities, and Change in Africa (Routledge, 2022), a collection that charts protest experiences in Africa’s wide range of regimes, and their varying outcomes.
She is currently developing a project on parliamentary activity, party-citizen linkages and constituency service in Africa (Project HOME).