Claudia Pato Carvalho


Claudia Pato Carvalho is a permanent researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra under the ARTERIA project. Arteria is an action-research project, coordinated by O Teatrão (a professional theatre company from Coimbra) that aims at the development of a cultural programming network in the Centro Region (Portugal) and the creation of artistic intervention projects in eight cities of this Region. She completed her PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in Sociology of Culture, Knowledge and Communication, at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the Center for Reflective Community Practice (DUSP, MIT). Between 2010 and 2018, established an European network in the field of arts education and disadvantaged communities, with several projects approved under the Youth in Action Program and ERASMUS+.

She is member of the coordinating CES research team of the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas. CREATOUR is an incubator/demonstration and multidisciplinary research initiative, supporting collaborative research processes involving five research centers working with a range of cultural/creative organizations and other stakeholders located in small cities in the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions.

Author's Books

Creative Tourism

Activating Cultural Resources and Engaging Creative Travellers