Head of sociology department and sociology teatcher at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto (1992) Master of Social Sciences Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (1995) with the Dissertation Blues Schools - A Study on Student's Cultural Practices in Urban Areas (Porto, Issues Afrontamento, 1997). Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Education (1999) with Essay The City and Culture - A Study on Urban Cultural Practices (Porto, Afrontamento, 2000). Effective member of the Observatory of Cultural Activities between 1996 and 1998 . Joined the coordinator teram of the National Report on Cultural Policy (1985-95) presented in 1998 at the Council of Europe (Lisbon, Portugal on Cultural Policies, Observatory of Cultural Activities, 1998). Programmer when Porto was the European Capital of Culture 2001 while responsible for the involvement of the population and a member of the original team that drafted the application submitted to the European Council . Represented the Left Bloc as a deputy to the National Assembly (2002-2006). Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Sociology Faculty between 2002 and February 2010.
Journal of Sociology Director between 2009 and February 2013. Has published 23 books (alone or in co-authorship) in the fields of sociology of culture, city, youth and education, as well as museology and territorial studies
Received The Honour "Palmes Académiques" by the french Government
President of the Portuguese Sociological Association.