LXNIGHTS Team

COORDINATOR

Jordi Nofre holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Barcelona (2009). Since 2019, Nofre is FCT Associate Research Professor in Urban Geography at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences at NOVA University of Lisbon, supported by the Scientific Employment Stimulus Program of the Portuguese Foundation for Science & Technology. His research includes 3 main topics: (i) Nightlife, tourism and urban change in south European cities; (ii) Social geographies of youth in Euro-Mediterranean countries; and (iii) Environment, global change and society. He has published a total of 85 publications, including Annals of Leisure Research (2021), Town Planning Review (2021), Urban Geography (2020), Urban Studies (2020), City (2018), Urban Research & Practice (2018), Tourism Geographies (2018), Cities (2021 in press, 2017), City & Community (2017), Leisure Studies (2016), Social & Cultural Geography (2016) and Area (2015), among many others. His publications also include edited books and chapters in prestigious publishers such as Palgrave Macmillan (2021, 2019), Routledge (2018), Cambridge Scholars (2018), Brill (2016), Peter Lang (2016), Emerald Press (2012), and Sage (2012). Nofre is editor of Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). He is founder and coordinator of LXNIGHTS, co-founder of the International Night Studies Network, and co-organizer of the International Night Studies Conference. Nofre has been Scientific Advisor of the project ‘Geographies of Nightlife in Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona (2018-2020)’, funded by Reina Sofia Centre on Youth & Adolescent Studies (Spain), of “SAFE!N Project: Safe Night Out Certification in Lisbon’, a community-focused project funded by the Lisbon City Council (BIPZIP-Ref.0095/2015), and currently is Scientific Advisor of Comissió Nocturna de Barcelona.

RESEARCH TEAM

Manuel Garcia-Ruiz is a PhD Scholar at CIES-Iscte and a Research Collaborator at IS-FLUP. His research in Sociology at ISCTE-IUL is supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science & Technology (FCT). He has been visiting professor in different universities, and a scientific advisor for different departments, organizations and projects. His research has 3 main topics: (i) Nightlife, festivals, and tourism (ii) city branding, culture-led regeneration strategies, artwashing and commodification of the arts and, (iii) artistification, culture and artistic careers of emergent professionals. He is the author of several papers and chapters on the emergent field of Night Studies, and editor of different publications on urban studies, night studies and cultural sociology. He is co-founder and coordinator of the International Night Studies Network, Coordinator of the Rede de Etnografia Urbana (Etno.Urb), and the Director of the Urban Audiovisual Festival. He is also a reputed festival advisor, specialized in art in dark and in the night, and a well-known talent curator in the field of new media and light art.

João Carlos Martins holds a PhD in Urban Sociology from NOVA University Lisbon (2015), and currently is postdoctoral researcher at ARTCITIZENSHIP Project. He has been postdoctoral researcher at ROCK H2020 Project (ICS-UL) as well as at BEST-MED INTERREG Project (CINTURS- UALg). He has been responsible for the design and implementation of surveys, and for the conduction of ethnographic fieldwork in several intervention community projects (SAFEIN and Rede Res do Chao Marvila).

Daniel Malet Calvo is an anthropologist and historian specialized on urban studies and ethnography, currently working as Senior Researcher supported by FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus Programme at the Center for Research and Studies of Sociology (CIES-ISCTE). Since 2013 Malet is Guest Lecturer in Urban Studies PhD program at the Joint Doctoral Programme ISCTE-FSCH, and Assistant Lecturer and ISCTE-IUL, where he teaches on Fieldwork Methods. His research has included four topics for the last decade: 1) International students and student migration: youth cultures, social class and lifestyle mobility; 2) Urban transformations: Nightlife gentrification, heritage, touristification and social movements; 3) Anthropology of infrastructures: daily mobility, urban planning and public space; 4) Ethnic and racial minorities: Identity and everyday resistances in urban context. He is co-founder of LXNIGHTS, and has participated in several funded projects in Spain (FLUXUS, TRANSAFRICA, MOVER) and Portugal (SOUNDSofTOURISM, ChangingCities, CONTOR), among other projects and research networks. He is co-editor of “The Production of Urban Ambiances for Tourism Consumption” (Routledge), and editor of the Special Issue “International students in southern Europe” published in the Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences.

Otávio Raposo holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). He was a visiting scholar at Brown University and University of Massachusetts as well as at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and University of São Paulo. Since 2014, he has been an integrated researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), and Guest Lecturer at the same university. His research over the last decade has been focused on four different topics, with ethnography as the main approach: 1) youth culture: arts, hip hop, creativity and lifestyles; 2) urban studies: marginalised neighbourhoods, social inequalities, urban segregation and public policies; 3) race and ethnicity: migration, racism, identities and youth of African descent; 4) visual anthropology: ethnographic films, social photography and video. He has published a total of 50 scientific publications, including Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2022), Sociedade & Estado (in press), Cultural Dynamics (2020) and Horizontes Antropológicos (2016). His publication track also includes edited books as “O trabalho da arte e a arte do trabalho: circuitos criativos de artistas imigrantes em Portugal” (2016) and “Expressões artísticas urbanas: etnografia e criatividade em espaços atlânticos”. He has made several ethnographic films, including “Cenas do Gueto” (2021), “Nu Bai. Lisbon’s black rap” (2007) and “At the Quinta with Kally” (2019), winner at the Póvoa de Varzim International Video Musical Festival and Best Ethnographic film of the Portuguese Anthropological Association in 2018/2019.

Paula Guerra holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Porto. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Porto, Integrated Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the same institution, and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Griffith Center for Social and Cultural Research, and has been visiting professor/researcher at several international universities: Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech – UCA (Morocco), Hué University – HUEUNI (Vietnam), Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosae – UNTL (Timor), Griffith University (Australia), Università di Padova (Italy), Uniwersytet Im Adama Mickiewicza W Poznaniu – UAM (Poland), Katholieke Universiteit – KU Leuven (Belgium), Concordia University of Edmonton – CUE (Canada) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB Barcelona (Spain) – among others. Her current research interests include popular music, DIY cultures and careers, subcultures and post-subcultures, social critical theory, sociological theories, qualitative research methodologies, underground music and music scenes, among other topics. She has published 87 articles in journals such as Journal of Sociology, Popular Music and Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Critical Arts, Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences, Cultural Sociology, Young, among others. Guerra has recently published the books “Redefining art worlds in the late modernity” (2016), “More than loud” (2015), “On the road to the American underground” (2015), “As Palavras do Punk” (2015), “A Instável Leveza do Rock” (2013), and is co-editor of the book “DIY Cultures and Underground Music Scenes” (Routledge, 2018), “The Punk Reader. Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global” (Intellect, 2019), and “Punk, Fanzines and DIY Cultures in a Global World. Fast, Furious and Xerox” (Palgrave, 2020)”. She is coordinator and founder of the KISMIF Conference, is coordinator of the Thematic Section Art, Culture and Communication of the Portuguese Sociological Association, of the Artistic Creation, Practices and Cultural Policies Reseach Group at University of Porto, and founder and coordinator of the Rede Todas As Artes as well as of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Network of Sociology of Culture and Arts (with Glória Diogenes and Ligia Dabul).

Begoña Aramayona holds an International PhD in Social Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently Junior Researcher supported by FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus Programme. Her main research interests converge on the field of urban studies from an interdisciplinary approach, specially focusing on: center-peripheries relations; gentrification, touristification and displacement; marginalization and the informal city; new left-wing local governments; and comparative and ethnographic studies, with special interest on qualitative and visual-based methodologies.

Albert Acedo holds a Joint Doctoral Degree in Geoinformatics (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Ph.D.) held between Portugal, Spain, and Germany. He is currently conducting a Juan de la Cierva (Formación) Postdoctoral fellowship at Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). His main research interests merge the fields of urban studies, GIScience, social theory, and data science. Specifically, he focuses on place-based research in urban contexts, spatial analysis of social data, GIScience research and solutions, civic participation, and public participation GIS, with a particular interest in qualitative-quantitative methodologies.

Miguel Neiva is currently a PhD student in Urban Studies at NOVA University (FSCH) and holds an M.A. in Cultural Economics & Entrepreneurship from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His publications have tackled the topics of creative entrepreneurship and cultural policy at transnational (EU) and city (Porto) level. His research focuses on the spatial and social dynamics of the creative sector and he is enthusiastic about the night-time economy, regional and urban policy, ecosystem frameworks, as well as the intersection of art and design with technology. His curriculum includes professional experience at the Berlin International Film Festival and music labels Sony Music and Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Music), motivated by his classical music education.

Guilherme Teixeira Costa holds a degree in Sociology from the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. He is currently completing a joint master’s degree in Urban Studies awarded by ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. His research interests are within the fieldworks of social territory and urban sociology, with special attention to qualitative methods. He participated in the T-Factor project (Universidade NOVA, Lisboa, 2020-2021) and UpLift.Eu (CESIS, Lisboa, 2021-2022). He is also a member of LXNIGHTS Research Group since 2021