Course leader of the B.A. in Tourism (UNWTO Tedqual certified) and lecturer in the M.A. in Innovative Tourism Development. Researcher at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. Grand Master of the Confraternity of the Gastronomes of Minho, in Northern Portugal, member of the board of the Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT), Coordinator of the ATLAS Gastronomy and Tourism Research Group, Member of the Advisory Council of the World Gastronomy Institute, external expert for the Platform European Regions of Gastronomy and responsible for the bid of Minho-2016 European Region of Gastronomy. A member of the editorial board of various tourism related scientific journals, including the Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism. He has presented papers in more than eighty national and international conferences and has over forty publications in his areas of interest.