I am a Sociologist with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. I am an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. I am a full researcher at GOVCOPP (Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies). My main research interests are related to rural sociology and rural studies; environmental sociology; food studies; tourism studies and social perceptions. I have been involved in more than 20 research projects, funded by EC and Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese research funding agencies. Currently I coordinate two research projects: STRINGS and ShareFOREST both funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.