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Integrated Researcher

Elisabete Tomaz

research interests

planning strategies and development policies; cultural studies; urban studies; innovation policies

Short Bio

She is an Integrated Ph.D. Researcher at DINAMIA'CET, ISCTE (Research Group Cities and Territories), collaborating in projects such as the Strategic Plan for Culture in Oeiras Municipality; ARTEMREDE Impact Assessment Study; CREATOUR "Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas"; or 4H-CREAT "Quadruple Helix to stimulate innovation in the Atlantic Cultural & Creative SMEs". She is member of the international network COST Action CA18214 “The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery”.

She holds a PhD in Sociology at School of Sociology and Public Policy - ISCTE-IUL (funded by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology). She participated in the COST ACTION IS 1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability” studying policies and strategic plans in the area of culture and sustainable development in different European cities.

At the same time, she collaborated with INTELI (a center of innovation in Lisbon) on several local and European projects in planning and development field related to creativity, culture and innovation policies.

She has a Master in Communication Sciences (Faculty of Human Sciences, Portuguese Catholic University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon).

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Strategies for Culture in Oeiras 2018-2027
This work aims to carry out an in-depth study of the cultural sector in Oeiras, through a large participatory and strategic planning process, It starts from a diagnosis about the production, mediation and cultural consumption in the municipality, with the identification of its main resources and assets, as well as, past and present dynamics. This project also includes a component to define the strategic lines of action and a concrete action plan to be proposed to the Oeiras City Council.

Impact Study of the ARTEMREDE Association's Activity - Phase I
This pilot study aims to make a global diagnosis of the return on investment of ARTEMREDE's members' investment

CREATOUR is a national three-year multidisciplinary research project aiming to connect the cultural/creative and tourism sectors supporting the incubation of initiatives that can contribute to catalyzing creative tourism in small cities and rural areas throughout Portugal.

Main publications

Tomaz, E. (2015) “Culture in Development Strategies of Small and Medium-sized European Cities: A Comparative Analysis” in Dragisevic-Sesic, M.; Duxbury, N.; Hristova, S. (ed.) Culture and Sustainability of European Cities: Imagining Europolis, Routledge.

Tomaz, E. (2013) “Políticas de desenvolvimento e cultura em pequenas e médias cidades europeias: Questões metodológicas na análise comparativa de estudos de caso. CIES e-Working Paper Nº 148/2013

Selada, C.; Cunha, I.; Tomaz, E. (2012) “Creative-Based Strategies in Small and Medium-sized Cities: Key Analysis Dimensions” Quaestiones Geographicae, 31(4), Versita, Warsaw, 43-51.

Selada, C.; Cunha, I.; Tomaz, E. (2011) “Creative-based strategies in small cities: A case-study approach” Redige, Edição Especial: Economia Criativa, 2 (2).

Main projects

Estratégias para a Cultura em Oeiras 2018-2027

COST Action CA18214 “The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery”.

CREATOUR “Desenvolver Destinos de Turismo Criativo em Cidades de Pequena Dimensão e em Áreas Rurais”


COST ACTION IS 1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability” (2011–2015)

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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