Ana Rita Cruz

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Cities and Territories

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Short Bio

Ana Rita Cruz is a researcher at DINÂMIA'CET-IUL. Since 2012 he has been part of the research group "Cities and Territories" where he has been working on the contributions of tourism to the promotion of cultural and creative dynamics in the territory. Ana Rita is currently participating in the project team "CREATOUR - Developing Creative Tourism Destinations in Small Towns and Rural Areas" (Program of Joint Activities, Portugal 2020), which aims to develop an integrated approach to creative tourism in small towns and rural areas in Portugal. Ana Rita Cruz is a sociologist, Ph.D. in Tourism Studies and a Master in Tourism Destination Management and Development from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve, an entity with which she collaborates as Invited Assistant Professor.

Research Interests

Sociology of Culture; Sociology of Tourism; Territorial development; Creativity and Creative Class; Networking

Individual Medium Term Research Programme

My medium-term individual research project will focus on the study of cultural and creative dynamics in medium- and small-sized territories and their interrelations with tourism. This research will mainly be based on participation in the CREATOUR research project. At the same time, a second line of research that I am interested in developing is related to the new urban tourism and tourist gentrification in Portugal. In terms of methodological approaches, I am interested in using, preferably, social network structural analysis and content analysis (using Gephi and Nvivo software respectively as tools to support research).

The individual work program is directly related to the main thematic focuses of D'C and, in particular, the group "City and Territory". Tourism is a relevant economic activity, which is important to reflect on and investigate from the perspective of cultural and creative dynamics, taking into account socio-economic change and its impacts on the territory and local communities.

Main Projects

4H-CREAT - Quadruple Helix to Stimulate Innovation in the Atlantic Cultural & Creative SMEs, european project coordinated by Glasgow Caledonian University, co-financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Interreg Cooperation Programme INTERREG Atlantic Area | 2014-2020 (Principal Researcher) | + info

CREATOUR – Desenvolver Destinos de Turismo Criativo em Cidades de Pequena Dimensão e Áreas Rurais”, projecto coordenado pelo Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra e financiado pelo Portugal 2020. | + info

KIMERAA – Knowledge transfer to Improve Marine Economy in Regions from the Atlantic Area”, projecto europeu coordenado por Universidade do Algarve, financiado por Programa Espaço Atlântico (INTERREG IV B).

Researchers Night ’09 – Setting the Stage, projecto europeu coordenado por Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, financiado por Sétimo Programa-Quadro da Comissão Europeia (FP7-People).

WORKCARE – Social Quality and Changing Relationships Between Work, Care and Welfare in Europe, projecto europeu coordenado por University of Aberdeen, financiado por Sexto Programa-Quadro (FP6).

Main Publications

Cruz, A. R. (2016). (N) A Place in the Sun: Tourism's Contribution to the Creative Dynamics and the Attraction of the Creative Class in the Algarve. Thesis for the degree of Doctor, University of Algarve, Faro.

Cruz, A. R. (2016). Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation. Regional Studies, 50 (8), 1464-1465. DOI: 10.1080 / 00343404.2016.1145790

Cruz, A.R., Costa, P., & Marques, J.F. (2016). Cultural and creative industries in tourist destinations: comparing four regions of Europe. Brazilian Journal of Regional Development, 4 (1), 127-164.

Cruz, A. R. (2014) Tourism, creativity and talent: Breaking the Algarve's tourism lock-in, Regional Studies, Regional Science, DOI: 10.1080 / 21681376.2014.939529.

Cruz, A. R. (2014) Talent and Economic Performance in European Countries: An Application of Structural Equations, Egitania Sciencia, 14, 46-71.

Cruz, A. R. (2010) Tourism and Creativity in the Algarve: An Analysis of the Regional Tourism Offer as Element of Attraction of the Creative Class. Dissertation for the master's degree, University of the Algarve: Faro.

Updated: 13/08/2018

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