Mário Vale holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is currently Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT), University of Lisbon and researcher at the Centre of Geographical Studies (CEG). He was Visiting Research Fellow at CURDS (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies), at the University of Newcastle in 2006 and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) in 2013.
He has been working on urban and regional economic change, especially in the European periphery. His research has been supported by several research projects of national and international (EU framework programmes, ESPON, EEA Grants, and by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has published in various international and national journals such as the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, European Urban and Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Geoforum, Regional Studies, and Territory, Politics, Governance, and Finisterra.
He is currently Regional Studies Association (RSA) ambassador in Portugal and Treasurer of RSA-Europe.