He is Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, and has a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of New York (Binghamton). He was President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Economics (2003–2009), President of the Portuguese Sociological Association (1998-2002), and member of the Board of Directors of the Luso-American Cultural Commission (Fullbright Commission) (2000-2002). He is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies.
Among other works, he is co-author of Plural de Cidade: Novos Léxicos Urbanos (Coimbra, Almedina) and author of Identidades, Percursos e Paisagens Culturais: Estudos Sociológicos de Cultura Urbana (Oeiras, Celta.).