Ph.D. (Sociology - State University of New York - Binghamton - 1989). Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Economics (University of Coimbra). Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Studies. Scientific Coordinator of the Doctoral Programmes in "Sociology" and "Sociology: Cities and Urban Cultures" (University of Coimbra). Areas of interest: Urban cultures; Tourism, heritage and memory; Identities and city images; Senses and the city. Author of various books. His most recent publication is "Simmel: A Estética e a Cidade" (Coimbra, Imprensa da Universidade,2010)(Org.); Diálogos Urbanos (Coimbra, Almedina, 2013) (Ed.) and Cultura, Formação e Cidadania (Lisboa, GEPAC; 2015) (Various autors).