Manuel Garcia-Ruiz

Researcher in Sociology
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | CIES-IUL
Faculdade de Letras Universidade do Porto | IS

He is a PhD Scholar at CIES-Iscte and a Research Collaborator at IS-FLUP. His research in Sociology at ISCTE-IUL is supported by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has a particular interest in Festivals of Light as instruments for the territorial development of secondary cities (medium and small) through the creation of a highly competitive and specialized creative tourism. 

His works include topics as city branding, cultural regeneration, commodification of arts and culture, art washing, and the construction of artistic fields. 

He is the Founder of the International Night Studies Network, Coordinator of the Rede de Etnografia Urbana (Etno.Urb), and the Director of the Urban Audiovisual Festival.

Jordi Nofre

FCT Associate Research Professor
LXNIGHTS Research Network

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais & Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Barcelona and currently is FCT Associate Research Professor in Urban Geography at NOVA University of Lisbon. His main research topic deals with nightlife, tourism and urban change in south European cities Nofre coordinates LXNIGHTS – The International Research on the Urban Night, and is Editor of Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society & Governance.