Principal themes of researchs :

  • "Research Project on the Training of Educational Agents for Community Integrated Development in Northern Portugal", under the supervision of the Center for Educational Studies and Community Development, University of Minho, financed by JNICT (1988/89).
  • "Action-Research project on the Cultural and Educational Development of Garganta", under the supervision of the General Directorate of Extension Education, and financed by EEC (1989/90).
  • Co-coordinator of the "Evaluation of Rural Extension and Agricultural Training Project", financed by the General Directorate of Planning and Agriculture (1988-1991).
  • Coordinator at UTAD of the Project "Design Methods for Endogenous Regional Development", and participant in the sub-projects on "Farming Systems: Potentials and Problems" and "Extension and Information Systems for Agricultural Development in Northern Portugal". This project involved Universities in Holland, Spain, Italy and Greece, and was funded through the Programme on the "Competitiveness of Agriculture and Management of Agriculture Resources" (CEC-DGVI - Agriculture) (1991-1995).
  • Coordinator at UTAD of the Project "Farming Systems and Milk Production in the High Valleys of Trás-os-Montes and Prospects for Extension Education Work in Collective Milking Parlours", funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture (1994-1996).
  • Coordination at UTAD of the "NATURA European Union Training Programme for Agricultural Development in Southern Universities" (NECTAR), Thematic Field of Rural Environment and Development Interventions, funded by DG VI (1991-1997).
  • Coordinator of the Project "Population Decline in Rural Trás-os-Montes and Role of New Activities in Employment Creation", funded by PRAXIS XXI Programme (1998-1999).
  • Coordinator of the Project "Quality of Agricultural Products and the Protection of the Environment: Training, Knowledge Dissemination and Certification in Portugal", funded by the EU (2000-2001).

Curriculm vitae :

  • Academic degrees
    • PH.D. in continuing and vocational education, extension education, university of wisconsin-madison, usa (1986)
      M.CS. in continuing and vocational education, extension education, university of wisconsin-madison, usa (1983)
    • Bachelor sc. in agronomy, instituto superior de agronomia, lisbon technical university (1978)
  • Professional activity
    • academic positions at UTAD : professor at at the department of economics and sociology
    • academic positions in other institutions : guest lecturer at the mediterranean agronomic institute of chania, greece (1994 and 1995)
  • pedagogical activity
    • teaching of introductory sociology, agricultural economics, and rural extension, co-teaching of rural sociology at B. sc. level
    • teaching of planning and co-teaching of extension philosophy and strategies, knowledge and technologies in development, communication in development and research methods at the utad master's degree in extension and rural development
    • director of the UTAD master's degree in rural development.