I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon (IGOT-UL). My research focuses on tourism and urban restructuring and pays particular attention to the role of Airbnb in driving real estate investment and neighbourhood change. I am the PI of the Smartour: tourism, holiday rentals and rehabilitation project.





  • New publication in Urban Studies

    New publication in Urban Studies

    The article ‘Transnational gentrification, tourism and the formation of ‘foreign only’ enclaves in Barcelona’ contributes to the study of tourism as an agent of urban change. We argue that beyond the […]

  • SMARTDEST project

    SMARTDEST project

    The SMARTDEST project started in January 2020 and tackles the challenge of social sustainability in European cities by developing innovative planning solutions in the face of the externalities caused by tourism […]

  • SMARTOUR Project

    SMARTOUR Project

    I am the PI of the Smartour project. We explore how tourism and Airbnb transform real estate investment dynamics and neighbourhood life in Lisbon and Porto. Find the link to […]

  • Short term rentals, hotels and displacement

    Short term rentals, hotels and displacement

    The growth of hotels and short term rentals involves a progressive conversion of housing into accommodation for visitors. It excludes local residents from the possibility of accessing housing while also […]

  • The Invention of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter

    The Invention of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter

    During my PhD at the University of Barcelona (2010) I focused on urban history and heritage studies, the result of which is the book El Barrio Gótico de Barcelona. Planificación […]

  • Tourism and Gentrification

    Tourism and Gentrification

    At present my research focuses on the relationship between tourism and gentrification, stressing how tourism can be interpreted as a gentrifying process that displaces both local businesses and local people. […]

  • Mussolini’s Rome

  • Culture and urban regeneration