Elisabete Figueiredo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences (University of Aveiro). She holds a sociology degree (ISCTE – IUL, 1989) and a PhD on Environmental Sciences (University of Aveiro, 2003).
She is full researcher at GOVCOPP– Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (UAVR) and associated researcher at CETRAD – Centre of Transdisciplinary Studies for Development (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal). Between January 2010 and July 2011) she was also associated Researcher at IBIMET – National Research Council, Italy, within the group on Rural Development and Cultural identity.
She is member of the Group of Experts of Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Planning, for support the debate on the Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development beyond 2013. Since 2010, she is Co-Coordinator of the Environment and Society Section of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. Since 2008 she is member of the Director’s Board of SPER – Portuguese Society for Rural Studies.
She is involved in several European and national funded research projects, mainly dealing with rural development, rural tourism and social perceptions on environmental risks. She is currently the Coordinator of the project. Rural Matters – Meanings of the Rural in Portugal: between social representations, consumptions and development strategies (PTDC/CS-GEO/117967/2010).
Her main research interests are: Rural Sociology & Rural Studies, especially contrasting social representations and imaginaries on rural areas and on rurality; rural development policies and strategies; rural reconfiguration and restructuring processes; rural tourism.
Most relevant publications (as an author and co-author):
She is author or co-author of more than 100 publications and presentations, published in books, journals and conference proceedings (at international and national level). Her most recent publications include:
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete and Raschi, A. (2012). «Immersed in Green? Reconfiguring the Italian Countryside through Rural Tourism Promotional Materials». In Hyde, K.; Ryan, C. e Woodside, A. (Eds.). Field Guide For Case Study Research In Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure. Bingley: Emerald Publishers, pp. 17-44.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete et al. (2012). «Accessibility as a competitive advantage of a tourist destination – the case of Lousã». In Hyde, K.; Ryan, C. e Woodside, A. (Eds.). Field Guide For Case Study Research In Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure. Bingley: Emerald Publisher, pp. 369-385.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete and Raschi, A. (2011). «”Un’ immensa campagna avvolta dal verde” – reinventing rural areas in Italy through tourism promotional images». Journal of European Countryside. Vol. 3. Nº 1, pp. 1-20.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete and Baptista, Paulo (2011). Caminhos Possíveis do Rural em Portugal: As prioridades do novo programa de desenvolvimento rural. In O Rural Plural – olhar o presente, imaginar o futuro. Castro Verde: Editora 100Luz.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete et al. (Coord.) (2011). O Rural Plural – olhar o presente, imaginar o futuro. Castro Verde: Editora 100Luz.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete (2009). «One rural, two visions – environmental issues and images on rural areas in Portugal. Journal of European Countryside. Vol. 1. Nº 1, pp. 9-21.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete (2008). «Quiet struggles – conflicts between residents, visitors and protected and recreational areas’ administrations». In Raschi, A. e Trampetti, S. (Eds.). Management for Protection and Development. Pisa: Pacini Editore Industrie Grafiche, pp. 26-32.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete (2008). «Cómo Proteger a las Personas en las Áreas Protegidas? El medio ambiente como vulnerabilidad en dos áreas protegidas Portuguesas». Agrosociales – Revista Española de Estúdios Agrosociales. Nº 220, pp. 45-69.
- FIGUEIREDO, Elisabete (2008). «Imagine there’s no rural – the transformation of rural spaces into places of nature conservation in Portugal». European Urban and Regional Studies. Vol. 15. Nº 2, pp. 159-171.