Ricardo Jorge da Costa Guerra has a PhD in Tourism, Leisure and Culture (2016) from the University of Coimbra, whose thesis is linked to health and wellness tourism and local development strategies. He completed a Master’s Degree in Management and Development in Tourism (2009) and a Degree in Management and Planning in Tourism (2002) both at the University of Aveiro. Recently, he obtained the Title of Specialist in Hotel and Restaurant Management (2021). Outside the academic environment, she assumed management and coordination functions in several entities, namely Visabeira Turismo, Golfe Montebelo, AHRESP, Termas das Caldas da Cavaca, Municipality of Aguiar da Beira and in the project CLDS Foz Côa Mais Perto. He started as a teacher in higher education, collaborating with the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, the University of Maia and the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. He is currently Adjunct Professor and Sub-Director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality of the Guarda Polytechnic Institute, where he coordinates the Degree in Hotel Management and is a member of the Scientific-Technical Council, the Pedagogical Council and the Scientific-Technical Unit of Tourism and Hospitality. He is also the representative of the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda in the Network of Higher Education Institutions for the Preservation of the Mediterranean Diet. His main research interests are health and wellness tourism, tourism management and development, tourism and hospitality, sustainable tourism, wine tourism, gastronomy, tourism distribution, tourism marketing and cultural heritage. He has published several peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, participated in research projects, co-supervised doctoral theses, supervised and co-supervised master’s dissertations, supervised master’s and undergraduate training courses, participated in scientific committees of national and international events related to tourism and hospitality and has received two awards.

Main Publications:

Martins, M.; Guerra, R. (2022). Transformational Education for Sustainable Tourism in Middle-Schools – Empowering students through school trips. In Seraphin, H. (Eds) Children in responsible and sustainable tourism. Emerald Publishing. ISBN: 9781801176576

Gonçalves, E. & Guerra, R. (2022). A development strategy proposal for a wine tourism destination. The case of Douro (Portugal). In Dixit, S.K. (ed.) (2021). The Routledge Handbook of Wine Tourism. London: ROUTLEDGE Publications. ISBN No’s. Hardback – 9780367698607, eBook 9781003143628).

Gonçalves, E., Guerra, R. & Figueiredo, V. (2021). Cooperation networks in tourism and hospitality: An analysis applied to health and wellness tourism product in Portugal. In Leitão, J.; Ratten, V.; Braga, V.(eds.), Tourism innovation in Spain and Portugal (vol 1, Cap. 3, pp. 27-42). Dordrech: SPRINGER. eBook ISBN 978-3-030-80733-7 ISBN 978-3-030-80732-0 Series: Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management ISSN 2510-4993 DOI: http://10.1007/978-3-030-80733-7

Guerra, R.; Gonçalves, E. & Figueiredo, V. (2021). Managing Partnerships Between Tourism and Hospitality Stakeholders: The Case of Health and Wellness Products in Portugal. In Brandão, Breda, Costa &Costa (eds.). Role of tourism in achieving the sustainable development goals (Vol. 1, Chap. 19, pp. 313-324). Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA): IGI GLOBAL. http://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-5691-7.ch019

Salgado, M., Martins, J. & Guerra, R. (2021). Ensino Superior em Hotelaria, Turismo e Lazer em Portugal. Revista Turismo e Desenvolvimento, 36(2): 215-227. DOI: https://doi.org/10.34624/rtd.v36i2.10683 e-ISSN 2182-1453

Main Projects: 

Estudo de Avaliação de Impacto Projeto Maceira – Embaixadores D’Aldeia (2021-2023)

Projeto Emprego Altamente Qualificado nas empresas (01-06-2020 a 31-05-2023)

2022-2025: NATURGOV – Tourism governance in natural protected areas: dimensions and model for the Alto Minho (Portugal)

2022-2025: WINEFOOD+TOUR Optimization models of the wine-gastronomy-tourism cluster in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes

2017-2019: Douro em Movimento, Aldeias com Vida.