Investigadores Efetivos

Sofia de Almeida

Position: Researcher

Academic background: PhD in Tourism

Research Group: TERRITUR


Research interests: Sofia´s research focuses on the areas of hotel management, networks, coopetition, hotel marketing consortia, tourism marketing, hotel branding and digital marketing. Sofia is a research member of the Centre for Geographical Studies, IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa.

ORCID: 0000-0003-4561-6776

CIÊNCIA ID: C112-8416-D88A




Sofia holds a PhD in Tourism from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) at the University of Lisbon, and a degree in Business Communication. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality (FTH), Universidade Europeia, in the current units of tourism and hospitality marketing, Digital comunication & Social Media, Digital Marketing and Events Organization. Her collaboration with this University began in 2009 (ISLA) as a lecturer in the areas of Tourism and Hotel Marketing and Digital Marketing. Sofia worked for fifteen years as a Marketing Director at the hotel marketing consortium, ARTEH® Hotels & Resorts, an independent hotel chain with international representation. Since 2002 performs training functions in the areas of Hospitality, Marketing, Digital Marketing and Training of Trainers. Throughout her professional career, she was responsible for the marketing department of Gente & Viagens Magazine. Sofia was part of the team that created and developed the Tourism Observatory, an organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, created with the aim of systematizing and disseminating the statistics of tourist activity in Portugal.

Amandine Desille

Position: Researcher

Academic background: PhD in geography

Research Group: MIGRARE


Research interests: Return migration, immigration policies, small cities, scale and place-making

ORCID: 0000-0002-1813-8521

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Amandine Desille is a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Lisbon, where she conducts a project entitled “MigRural: Return mobilities to rural Portugal, an assessment of the production of place”. Her research interests include return migration, local governance and small and mid-sized cities. Among her most recent publications is the co-edited volume International Migrations and Local Governance: a Global Perspective published by Palgrave in 2018. She holds a PhD in geography from the University of Poitiers (France) and the University of Tel Aviv (Israel). In her doctoral research entitled “Governing or being governed?”, she adopted a scalar approach to the transformation of State power and authority through the case of immigration and integration policies of four frontier towns in Israel. Previously, she has worked with NGOs and UN agencies on topics related to immigration, local economic development and urban planning.

Pedro Santos

Position: Researcher

Academic background: PhD in Territory, Risk and Public Policies (Universities of Lisbon, Coimbra and Aveiro, 2015), MSc in Earth Sciences (University of Coimbra, 2009), Degree in Physical Geography (University of Lisbon, 1999).

Research Group: RISKAM


Research interests: Floods; hydrology; geomorphology; susceptibility, vulnerability, losses and risk assessment; resilience; risk management; emergency planning; systems theory; disaster risk reduction; geocomputation.

ORCID: 0000-0001-9785-0180

SCIENCE ID: 3B15-8612-D51B

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ResearcherID: D-7076-2014
SCOPUS Author ID: 180520-001628

Pedro Pinto Santos


Geographer and contract researcher of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT-ULisboa). Effective researcher at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon since 2017, integrating the RISKam research group. He is also a collaborating researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC), where he worked as a research fellow between 2011 and 2016.

Over time he has participated in several research projects, of which he highlights the FCT-funded projects FORLAND, MOLINES and DISASTER and the preparation of the Risk Management Plan of the Intermunicipal Community of the Region of Coimbra.

Currently, it develops scientific activity in the project Simulation of flood risk management strategies at the basin scale, under the programme of Stimulus of Scientific Employment. He also participates in the projects BeSafeSlide – Landslide Early Warning soft technology prototype to improve community resilience and adaptation to environmental change, – Multi-source flood risk analysis for safe coastal communities and sustainable development and the Interreg Sudoe project RISKCOAST – Desarrollo de herramientas para prevenir y gestionar los riesgos geológicos en la costa ligados al cambio climático. Recently, he collaborated with the ISISE of UMinho in the application for exploratory projects of the MIT-Portugal program, having been approved the application MIT-RSC – Multi-risk Interactions Towards Resilient and Sustainable Cities, to start in the 2nd half of 2020.

Agustin Cocola

Position: Researcher

Academic background: PhD Human Geography, Cardiff University

PhD Art History, University of Barcelona

Research GroupZOE TERRITUR


Research interests: Urban Studies, Tourism, Gentrification, Historic Preservation

ORCID: 0000-0003-3395-4233

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A Cocola Gant


My research focuses on the political economy of cities and pays particular attention to gentrification, displacement, tourism, architectural heritage and historical urban geography. I am the PI of “SMARTOUR: Tourism, holiday rentals and rehabilitation”. The project explores the links between tourism and real estate investment in Lisbon and Porto. We particularly focus on short-term rentals and housing financialization as well as on the social impacts of the process.

Isabel Madaleno

Position: Researcher

Academic background:

Research Group: ZOE


Research interests:Tropical Geography, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Socioeconomic Geography, Behavioural and Perception Geography, The Geography of Religions, Ethno-geography, Ecology and Sustainable Development.

ORCID: 0000-0001-6630-3133


PhD in Geography and History, by Salamanca University, in 1995, her research projects were initiated in Brazil, focusing urban agriculture, and were continued in 8 other Latin American countries. Simultaneously, fieldwork gathered examples of environmentally friendly practises developed in climate change spaces, such as: the Amazon River floodplains; the Chilean and Peruvian coastal deserts; the Andes; and the Southern Pacific islands. In 2013, field research aimed Asian cities colonised by European peoples, Portuguese and Spaniards, namely Kochi, Goa, Melaka and Manila. More recently, research has been focusing the cross-examination of the useful flora mentioned in manuscripts authored by priests, travellers and historians, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, so as to systematically compare species consumed then and now, in the same environments, in order to assess the sustainability of native flora.

João Vasconcelos

Position: Researcher

Academic background:
PhD in Environment (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2012)
Msc in Environmental planning and land management (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2006)
Degree in Geography (Universidade de Lisboa, 2004)

Research Group: ZEPHYRUS

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Research interests: Applied Climatology, Climate Change, Urban climate, bioclimatoly applied to human health and tourism

ORCID: 0000-0002-2818-5188

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João Vasconcelos is graduated is a physical geographer with a Master on Land Management and Environmental Planning. He concluded his PhD in Environment from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology from the New University of Lisbon. João is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology – Institute Polytechnic of Leiria, lecturing subjects related to Environment, Natural Heritage, Geography of tourism, Geography of Portugal, Tourism and sustainable development and GIS.

João was the head Coordinator of the Tourism Research Group (GITUR) from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria from 2013-2016. He was Executive–director of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation.

His main research interests are applied climatology, climate change, urban climate, bioclimatology applied to human health and tourism.

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