Joana Alegria Quintela has a MSc in Tourism Management and Development from the University of Aveiro and a degree in History of Arts by the University of Porto – Faculty of Languages and Humanities. She also did a post-graduation course in Cultural and Patrimony Management at Portucalense University at Porto.
Between 2005 and 2012, she occupied several positions in Hotel Industry in Portugal and abroad and she worked as Program Coordinator, Consultant and Professional Trainer in Tourism and Hotel Management.
Presently, she is developing her PhD Thesis in Tourism at the DEGEIT – Department of Economics, Manag. ement, Industrial Engineering and Tourism at the University of Aveiro, funded by a PhD studentship from FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Her research interests focus on health and wellness tourism, with specific emphasis on the interrelationships between sustainable and regional development and quality of life.
She participates in national and international conferences since 2009 and she published many papers on scientific journals and opinion papers on specialized tourism magazines. She is a co-author of a chapter about Thermalism in Portugal, published by Springer International.
She is a member of the research unit on Competitiveness, Governance and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) of the University of Aveiro since 2010, belonging to the Tourism and Development research group.