João Carvalho holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Sheffield (UK), a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), and a degree in Modern History, Politics and Philosophy from the University of Southampton (UK).

He is currently serving as Guest Principal Investigator at CIES-IUL, after having been ranked first by an international jury for the panel on "Media and Communication, Law and Political Science" held by the Foundation for Science and Technology as part of the 4th Edition of the Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus.

His research interests are centred on the fields of comparative politics, international migration policy, and far-right parties in particular. In terms of scientific research methods, the research carried out by him employs qualitative or mixed research strategies, with particular emphasis on qualitative comparative analyses (QCA).

In terms of publications, the monograph titled: ‘Impact of extreme Right Parties on Immigration Policy. Comparing Britain, France and Italy’ was published by Routledge in 2014 and 2016. Author and co-author of several book chapters published in Portuguese, English and French, he is also the author of several articles published in international journals categorised in the first quartile of SCOPUS (Journal of Common Market Studies, Party Politics, Comparative European Politics, Government and Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Patterns of Prejudice).