PhD, is a Senior Researcher and Co-coordinator of the Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal). She is Principal Investigator of CREATOUR, and a member of the European Expert Network on Culture. Her research has examined culture in local sustainable development; culture-based development models in smaller communities; and cultural mapping, which bridges academic inquiry, community practice, and artistic approaches to understand and articulate place. Recent books: Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities (Almedina 2013), Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (Routledge 2015), Culture and Sustainability in European Cities: Imagining Europolis (Routledge 2015), Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development (Routledge, 2018), Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping: Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (Routledge, 2018), and A Research Agenda for Creative Tourism (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming). She was born in Canada, and lived on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the country before moving to Portugal in 2009. She currently splits her time between Coimbra and São Miguel Island, Azores.
IF researcher (of the FCT Investigator Programme – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) at Memória Imaterial, a Portuguese Non-Governmental Organization accredited by the UNESCO to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). She has a Postdoc in Anthropology (School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University of Lisbon) and a PhD in Sociology (ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon). She is member of the Institute for the Study of Literature and Tradition – Heritage, Arts and Cultures (IELT – School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University of Lisbon) and, since 2006, she develops research projects in the context of digital platforms, policies and instruments for identifying, documenting and safeguarding ICH. She directed several documentaries about cultural expressions.