PhD in Sociology, University of Coimbra. Assistant Professor at School of Economics, University of Coimbra. Her research discusses the relations between formal and informal welfare, using network analysis. She's been studying family role in Portuguese social welfare system, giving special focus to women's work. Her more recent interests and research focus on the theme of disability and mental illness. Edited more recently: Citizenship, Public Policy and Social Networks (IUC, 2011); Mental Disease, Institutions and Families. The challenges of deinstitutionalization in Portugal, with Pedro Hespanha et al. (Almedina, 2012); Families and Social Networks (Almedina, 2014).