Having grown up in Asia (Macao), Isabel Gil has a special interest in researching issues of diversity and conflict and has structured her work around the exploration of the disciplinary boundaries between literature, the arts and other disciplines. She is furthermore a passionate advocate of international education and has worked consistently to develop international research networks, exploring the different ways in which the practice of the arts and humanities is pivotal to advance a more sustainable and intellectually robust global education agenda.
She was a founding member and is a senior researcher at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), where she coordinated the research group Culture, Art and Citizenship (CULTCIT). Isabel Gil is furthermore Honorary Fellow at the IGRS, School of Advanced Studies, University of London and holds a position as Invited Professor at USJ (Macao). An advocate of strengthening doctoral education, she has been involved with the Council for Doctoral Education at the European University Association. Isabel Gil has held several visiting professorships in Germany (Saarbrücken, Munich, Hamburg), Ireland (National University of Ireland), Italy (Univ. Ca Foscari, Venice), Brazil (PUC-Rio de Janeiro) and in the US.
As an evaluator, she has worked for the Portuguese National Accreditation Agency, the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, the Research Council for the Humanities of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, FAPESP in Brazil, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as well as the Fulbright Commission.
She believes firmly that global engagement in higher education is key to advance stronger values for a more equitable world.