Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and researcher at CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria, Portugal @
Professor Maria da Graça Mouga Poças Santos, Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and researcher at CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria, Portugal
PhD in Geography – Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra (2005)
Master’s Degree in Human Geography – Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra (1993)
Degree in Geography – Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra (1987)
Coordinating Professor of the Department of Social Sciences of the School of Education and Social Sciences (ESECS) – Leiria Polytechnic Institute (IPL), where she has been teaching since 1988.
Main scientific areas of research:
* Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage
* Geography of Religion (territory and spirituality, attraction and diffusion of religious phenomena, sanctuaries);
* Cultural tourism (itineraries, cultural heritage, identity and territory – geosymbols).
SANTOS, Maria da Graça Mouga Poças (2008) – Study on the profile of the Fatima visitor: contribution to a joint promotional action of the COESIMA network.
(2006) – Spirituality, Tourism and Territory: a geographical study of Fatima. PhD Dissertation,
(1996) – Secondary Residence in the scope of Free Time Geography: comparative analysis of the cases of S. Pedro de Moel and Praia da Vieira, Master Thesis, Coimbra: Coordination Commission of the Centro Region
Books (as organizer, coordinator or publisher):
(2010) – Cultural Tourism, Territories and Identities.
(2012) coordinated with CANASTRA, F. and LOPES, Maria de São Pedro – Cultural Animation: discovering paths. Leiria: School of Education and Social Sciences – Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Several chapters in books, articles and communications published in national and international magazines, conference proceedings, etc.
Research Centers to which belongs:
CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria, with the status of effective member.
Network of the Nucleus of Studies on Space and Culture (NEPEC) of the Department of Geography of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, since November 2007 [http://www.nepec.com.br/], with the status of researcher associated.
Culture Network, Territories and Religious Practices (CTPR), National University of Luján, Argentina, since November 2008 [http://geografiayreligion-unlu.blogspot.com/]
Participation in several juries of doctoral and master’s degree.