Fernando Perna is a lecturer at the University of Algarve’s School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, where he teaches in the field of economics in the specific areas of Environment, Tourism and Regional Development. He is responsible for courses at the undergraduate, Masters and doctoral level, of national and international range, such as Erasmus Mundus.
He is the coordinator for the University’s International Centre of Territory and Tourism Research, in which he coordinates and conducts research in Territory and Tourism in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, whose projects are commissioned through public and private sector partnerships, IMPACTUR – Monitoring and Forecasting Indicators for the Tourism Industry, developed jointly with Turismo de Portugal, with R&D extension programs funded by the European Union.
Fernando Perna holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, both from the ISEG School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon. In 2003, he completed his PhD degree in Applied Economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve. He has several scientific publications, both national and international, in areas of economics, public policy, environment, regional planning, tourism economics, coastal management and sustainable development, and serves as a member of scientific and editorial boards and as a referee for conferences and international journals as Tourism Management and JICZM – Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
Maria João Custódio is a researcher at the University of Algarve since 2000 and as a result of her academic background and experience she has carried out research and development in the fields of management and marketing applied, in particular, to the area of tourism.
She obtained a degree in Marketing Management in 1997 and later a Master’s degree in Tourism Management and Development in 2006.
Currently she is preparing a research proposal for a doctoral programme in Management which will focus on the study and development of analytical methodologies between primary and secondary images of destinations and implications for destination management.
Besides her academic work, she has been involved in several R&D projects, adopting an interdisciplinary perspective and forming methodological foundations for destination image formation processes as a management factor.
Also, she has participated in national collaborations and is an author of international scientific publications in the fields of management, marketing and tourism, more specifically in image formation processes and impact of events. She received two research prizes and is a referee for the Tourism Management Journal.
Holding academic qualifications in the field of economics, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1996 and a Masters in Economic and Corporate Sciences in 2001 in association with the ISEG School of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon. In 2009 he completed his PhD in Econometrics with the thesis title: SETAR Nonlinearity, Nonstationarity and Forecasting Time Series).
Vanessa Oliveira has been a researcher at the International Centre of Territory and Tourism Research (CIITT) of the University of Algarve since 2006. She is currently collaborating on projects in the areas of tourism and marketing with particular focus on developing methodologies and analyses as well as conducting assessments to identify socioeconomic indicators. She completed her undergraduate degree in Tourism with a Marketing major at the University of Algarve in 2005, having carried out a final year project on methodological analyses and indicators of an impact study on Indicators for the Monitoring and Forecasts of Tourism Activity (IMPACTUR) in the context of risk and competitiveness. Presently she is attending a Master Degree in Marketing at the University of Algarve's Faculty of Economics. During her degree, Vanessa Oliveira participated in two international mobility programmes, namely to Finland and Germany, under the Leonardo da Vinci scheme. She has also taken part in several R&D projects: Local Agenda 21, event assessment, territory and tourism, nautical tourism, competitiveness, etc in association with public and private agencies of both regional and national level.
Célia Ramos is a computer science teacher at the School for Management, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of Algarve. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Coimbra and obtained a Masters in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the IST Higher Technical Institute. Her dissertation work was on Support Systems in Tourism Planning and Development. Presently, she is working on her PhD thesis at the University of Algarve's Faculty of Economics on Tourism Demand Forecasting Support Systems of Dynamic Packaging Websites. Areas of research and special interest include conception and development of information systems, tourism information systems, e-tourism, econometric modeling and panel-data models. Célia Ramos has published in the fields of information systems and tourism, namely, she has authored book, book chapter, conference papers and journal articles.
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Paulo Rodrigues carries out research at the Department of Economic Studies at the Bank of Portugal and is a lecturer at the New University of Lisbon. He collaborates with the University of Algarve’s International Centre of Territory and Tourism Research (CIITT) and conducts research for the Centre of Advanced Studies in Economics and Econometrics (CASEE) as well as other international research centres. Paulo Rodrigues also teaches at the University of Algarve’s Faculty of Economics, though currently on leave. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve. He also has a Masters degree in Economics and Econometrics and a PhD in Econometrics, both from the University of Manchester, UK.
Research interests include econometrics, time series, financial econometrics, tourism economics and applied macroeconomics. Paulo Rodrigues has worked as an invited guest researcher in several international institutions, having published over 40 articles in international and national peer reviewed journals and is an active referee for a number of international scientific journals. In terms of applied research, he has taken part in numerous projects and is head researcher for several projects financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
Pedro Laginha is a computing specialist at the University of Algarve
where he undertakes activities in software development and information
Pedro Laginha began working at the University as a co-head for the computer management division. He occasionally collaborates with the International Centre of Territory and Tourism Research, having been a member of the Impactur team with responsibilities relating to web conception and application development. He was chief of the Faro hospital computer division, having been involved in logical and physical support maintenance. He also worked for private companies and the Ministerial Education department, having participated in areas of development, systems and networks.
Manuela Rosa is a Coordinating Professor at the University of Algarve's Higher Institute of Engineering, where she has carried out R&D activities in the fields of territorial planning and sustainability with particular focus on urban mobility. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from IST in 1984, a Masters degree in Recovery of Architectural and Landscape Heritage from the University of Évora in 1995, and a PhD in Regional Planning and Environmental Strategies from the University of Seville in 2004. Throughout her academic activity, Manuela Rosa has taken part in several R&D projects, mainly from a transdisciplinary perspective.
She has collaborated in pilot studies for NATO/CCMS: Methodology, Evaluation and Scope of Environmental Impact Assessment and Integrated Water Management, having produced international publications in topics such as Transports and Environmental Assessment, Sustainability Implications in Water Management, and Planning and Adaptive Management. She is part of the ECOXXI project of the European Blue Flag Association which looks to identify good sustainability practices that have been developed at the municipal level. She is involved in projects such as Sustainable Mobility of the Portuguese Environment Agency and the Local Agenda 21 for the city of Tavira on the issues of soil and the environment.
Pedro Cascada is an IT lecturer at the University of Algarve's School for Management, Hospitality and Tourism. He holds an undergraduate degree in IT Education from the University of Algarve and a postgraduate diploma in Corporate Management from the same university. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Management from the University of Huelva (Spain).
Research interests include information systems, database management systems, software development and e-learning. Recently, Pedro Cascada has taken part in several projects related to internet application developments at the University of Algarve.
Susy Rodrigues is currently head of the University of Algarve’s International Office and collaborates with the University of Algarve’s International Centre of Territory and Tourism Research (CIITT) in the areas of English translation, linguistic review and international conferences organisations. She holds a BA (Honours) degree in English and a Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, UK. She has also taught the beginners and advanced English modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the
Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, as well as in several language institutions. She is also specialised in technical Portuguese-English translations.
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