Elisabete Figueiredo is a Sociologist (ISCTE – IUL, 1989) PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Aveiro, 2003) with Habilitation in Sociology (University of Porto, 2020). She is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is a full researcher at GOVCOPP (Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies) and Collaborator at CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, both of at the University of Aveiro. She is associated researcher of CETRAD – Research Unit of Transdisciplinary Studies for Development, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
Her main research interests are related to rural sociology and rural studies; environmental sociology; tourism studies and perception of risk. She has been involved in several national, Spanish, French, Italian and EU funded research projects, as Coordinator or member of the research team. She is the (co)author of several national and international books, book chapters and articles. (ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7170-3369)

Main Publications:

Pospěch, P. ; Fuglestad, E. M.; Figueiredo, E. (Eds.). (2022). Politics and Policies of Rural Authenticity (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003091714

Figueiredo, E. ; Forte, T, & Eusébio, C. (2021). Rural Territories and Food Tourism – Exploring the Virtuous Bonds Through a Systematic Literature Review. European Countryside, Vol.13(3): 622-643; DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/euco-2021-0035

Silva, A. ; Figueiredo, E. ; Truninger, M. ; Eusébio, C. & Forte, T. (2021). A typology of urban specialty shops selling rural provenance food products – a contribution from Portugal. British Food Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-11-2020-1045

Figueiredo, E. (2021). Rural Provenance Food as Cultural Heritage – a way of promoting territorial development? In: Oliveira, L.; Amaro, A. and Melro, A. (Eds). Handbook of Research on Cultural Heritage and Its Impact on Territory Innovation and Development , Hershey, IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6701-2.ch007

Döner F., Figueiredo E. & Rivera M. (2020) (Eds). Crisis and Post-Crisis in Rural Territories – Social Change, Challenges and Opportunities in Southern and Mediterranean Europe. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50581-3_1

Main Projects: 
(2021-2024) – ShareFOREST – Sharing decisions in forests – participatory methodology for public and stakeholder engagement in the – protection and valorisation of forests in Portugal (PCIF/GRF/0050/2019) https://shareforest.pt (Principal Investigator)

(2018-2022) – STRINGS – Selling The Rural IN (urban) Gourmet Stores – establishing new liaisons between town and country through the sale and consumption of rural products (PTDC/GES-OUT/29281/2017/ POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029281) https://www.stringsproject.pt (Principal Investigator)

TWINE – Co-creating sustainable Tourism & WINe Experiences in rural areas (PTDC/GES-GCE/32259/2017), https://www.ua.pt/pt/govcopp/twine (Member of the Research Team).

ACTION – Accessible tourism: Co-creation of Tourism experIence thrOugh Web-based IntelligeNt System (POCI) (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030376), http://action.web.ua.pt/ (Member of the Research Team)

(2015-2019) – SUSPLACE – Sustainable Place-Shaping: Towards Inclusive, Resilient And Connected Places, Greening Economies And Sustainable Pathways. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Innovative Training Networks (ITN) (674962) https://www.sustainableplaceshaping.net/ (Coordinator of the Portuguese Research Team/ Coordinator of WP 3 – Resilient Places).