PhD, MA and BA in Sociology from ISCTE-IUL. Currently Senior Researcher at CIES-IUL. Associate Professor at ULHT (2012-2017), where she had functions of Director of CPES - Centre for Research and Social Studies, of the Bachelor in Sociology, and of the Master in Sociology of Sport, Organization and Development; Lecturer of the FCDEF-UC (2003-2012), Assistant of the FMH-UL (1991-2012), and Sociologist of the DGD/IPDJ (1986-1991).
Member of the Commission of Science and Development of the Olympic Committee of Portugal since 2017; and of the National Monitoring Commission 2004 - The European Year of Education through Sport (2003-2004). Councillor for the National Sports Council and Council for Ethics and Safety in Sport (2007-2013), and the FCDEF-UC Ethics Board (2010-2016).
Has been developing research projects in the disciplinary areas of Sociology, in particular of Ethics, Sport, Communication, Culture, Leisure, Gender, Religion and Time. Previous research projects deepen different issues, such as the social dimension of ethics; sport ethics and Olympism; violence, corruption and doping in sport; prevention and safety; social inclusion through sport; media and sports; sports habits; major sporting events and identities; gender in sport; new religious forms in contemporary societies - the New Age spiritual movement; art and spirituality in particular in painting.
Supervisor of several Master Degree, PhD and Post Doctoral Students in the thematic areas of Sport as Supply and Demand, Management, Leisure, Ethics, Olympism, Violence, Prevention and Safety, Sports Paralympic and Social Inclusion through sport.
Evaluater of the European Project SPIN - Sport Inclusion Network (2010-2011 and 2014-2016), and the European Project Good Hosting, Fewer Problems - information and training for institutions, social workers and police in preparation of Euro 2004 (in the field of prevention).
Member of the Board of ISSSS - International Society for the Social Sciences of Sport, since 2013, of the Extended Board of ISSA - International Association of Sociology of Sport (1996-2000), and of the Board of the Portuguese Association of Sociology (2002-2004).
Author of a large number of national and international communications and publications.