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João Carlos Martins holds a BA and PhD in Sociology and a Master in Urban Anthropology. Today is a postdoctoral researcher on the H2020 funded project: “ROCK: Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural Heritage in Creative and Knowledge Cities”, at Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa. The research project develops its study in the riverside territories of Marvila and Beato in Lisbon. Dr. Martins research explores the multidimensional changes on socially and spatially deprived urban spaces and its relationship with contemporary commodification of cities cultural heritage. Has been also working on the multiple areas of public and private interest on the urban regeneration of post-recession cities and their former industrial territories. Recently, has worked as a scientific advisor on some municipally funded pilot projects, under the initiative BIP/ZIP, on the fields of Nightlife (Cais do Sodre) and Social Housing (Marvila).


Rosa Fina holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Lisbon Portuguese Studies, Language and Modern Literature from the University of Lisbon (2003), MA in Culture Sciences & Arts from the European Sciences Institute “Padre Manuel Antunes”. Her thesis focus on the urban night in Portuguese culture during both the 18th and 19th centuries. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the urban night in Lisbon during the twentieth century. Fina is currently researcher in the Institute of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Social & Human Sciences at the New University of Lisbon as well as at the Centre of Portuguese Literature and Culture at the University of Lisbon.


Manuel García-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 Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has a particular interest in Festivals of Light as instruments for the territorial development of secondary cities (medium and small) through the creation of a highly competitive and specialized creative tourism.  His works include topics as city branding, cultural regeneration, commodification of arts and culture, art washing, and the construction of artistic fields. He is the Founder of the International Night Studies Network, Coordinator of the Rede de Etnografia Urbana (Etno.Urb), and the Director of the Urban Audiovisual Festival.


Cristian Emanuel Adorean is PhD Student at the Faculty of Social & Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon and, additionally, he is member of the CCAU Cluj-Napoca – Centre of Research on Settlements and Urbanism. Cristian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spatial Planning and a Master´s degree in Regional Development and Planning from the Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). His research is centred on urban planning, urban design, public space, territorial identity, urban nightlife and GIS.


Paula Guerra holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Porto. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of the Arts (FLUP) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research (GCCR) in Australia. Her research aims to search for a new actual interpretative paradigm regarding the urban youth musical cultures. Specific interest in the punk culture singularity and its importance are centra for Prof. Guerra to interpret contemporary youth cultures. She particularly focuses on the approach of the punk artistic and discursive production as contemporary identity frames, incepting plural methodology in order to study the Portuguese punk scenes.


Domingos Vaz is a teacher of sociology at the University of Beira Interior and a researcher at CICS.Nova (Interdisciplinary Center for Social Sciences at New University of Lisbon). Published or organized the books Cidades Médias e Desenvolvimento: o caso da cidade da Covilhã (2004); Cidade e Território: Identidades, Urbanismos e Dinâmicas Transfronteiriças (2008); Transacção Territorial: Novas relações Cidade-Campo (2014); Cidade Global: Segregação e Espetáculo (2016); and chapters of books and scientific articles in specialized magazines, national and foreign.