Research team


Bart Vanspauwen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Center for Studies in Music and Dance (INET-md) of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA), where he has been active since late 2008. He completed a PhD and master’s training in Ethnomusicology at NOVA, a Postgraduate study in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Postcolonial Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Comparative Literature and Discourse at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). He also carried out theoretical research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and extensive field research in Recife, Maputo and Lisbon. In recent years, he has been working on the topic of music, postcolonial identities and cultural branding in TAP Air Portugal.


Livia Jiménez Sedano works as a Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at UNED (Spain). From 2013 until 2018, she worked on her postdoctoral project “Dancing ethnicities in a transnational social world” as Postdoctoral Fellow and integrated researcher at INET-md. In the context of this project, she has done fieldwork in dancing contexts in Madrid and Lisbon including African discos, dance schools, dancing associations and public celebrations. She has worked on several research projects in Spain about issues related to ethnicity, children, gender, immigration and social exclusion, including the coordination of an Observatory of exclusion processes in urban areas of South Spain.


Pedro Rebelo is a composer, sound artist and performer. In 2002, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh where he conducted research in both music and architecture. He has has recently led participatory projects involving communities in Belfast, favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro, the gypsy community in Portugal. His writings reflect his approach to design and creative practice in a wider understanding of contemporary culture and emerging technologies. At Queen’s University Belfast, he has held posts as Director of Education, Director of Research and Head of School. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Sonic Arts at Queen’s and awarded the Northern Bank’s “Building Tomorrow’s Belfast” prize. He has recently been awarded two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council including the £1m interdisciplinary project “Sounding Conflict”, investigating relationships between sound, music and conflict situations.


Matilde Meireles is a recordist, sound artist, and researcher who makes use of field recordings to compose site-specific projects. She holds a PhD in Sonic Arts from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, where she has also been involved as a Research Fellow in the following projects: Understanding the role of sound and music in conflict transformation: the Mozambique Case StudyImmersion and Inclusive Music Technologies, and Immersive Technologies and Digital Mental Health (SARC / Social Sciences QUB). Matilde is part of the research groups Recomposing the City, SARC_Immerse, and Translating Improvisation. Her work often highlights collaboration and participation as catalysts for a shared understanding of place, developing project-based or long-term collaborations. For instance, she collaborates with Conor McCafferty – together they use field recordings as a tool to explore and articulate urban transformation; with Chrysoula Drakaki – under the moniker Alongside, they use photography and field recordings to explore and document durational experiences of places; and with Aidan Deery to form the longform field-recording duo bunú. Matilde is also part of OSSO Colectivo, an interdisciplinary collective based in Portugal.


Daniel Malet Calvo ha a PhD in Anthropology (2011) from University of Barcelona where I also have graduated with a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2005), and a BA in History (2011). My thesis work puts forward a historical and ethnographic research focused on the most emblematic space in Lisbon’s downtown: Praça do Rossio, and other central neighborhoods. I have been trained through many investigation projects (R&D, Integrated Projects, COST) and research grants (STSM, FPU, BPD-FCT) carrying out ethnographic works on Barcelona (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) and Santiago Island (Cape Verde). Currently, as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology – University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL) I’m investigating Erasmus students as a short-term youth migration mobility involved on heritagization processes, space production and transnational urban dynamics. In addition, I’m an active member of the Research Group on Exclusion and Social Control – GRECS and of the Observatory for the Anthropology of Urban Conflict (OACU) in the Anthropology Department of the University of Barcelona and of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology.


Gonçalo Antunes is a researcher at INET-md since 2004. He began his education at the Catholic University in Economics and subsequently opted for a change of college, having applied to Sociology at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas in the year 2000. Specializing in Sociology Music, concluded his degree in 2003 with a dissertation entitled “Time Machine – Listened songs, lived stages” . He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation on the Revue Theatre in Portugal. He has collaborated on research projects such as the The Recording Industry in 20th Century Portugal and  Jazz in Portugal: The Legacies of Luís Villas-Boas and the Hot Clube de Portugal. Considering his area of ​​expertise, he was invited by the National Museum of Theatre and Dance to co-coordinate the project History of Theatre and Spectacle in Portugal, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Moved by his interest in the city of Lisbon (the context of all his research work), he developed substantial research work around the Lisbon toponymy.


Daniel Paiva obtained his PhD at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of University of Lisbon in 2019. His doctoral study entitled “Urban sound: territories, affective atmospheres and public policies” was funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BD/108907/2015). Daniel Paiva is also a team member of research projects Agora, NoVOID, and Saberes Geográficos. At the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of University of Lisbon, Daniel Paiva has taught Social and Cultural Geography and Urban Geography in undergraduate courses. His research interests lie within cultural geography, and include urban rhythms, sound territories, retail geographies and virtual spaces.


Rui Cidra is an anthropologist and researcher at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança, of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humana, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His research addresses the power relations and forms of political participation framing the production of Lusophone African music, particularly from Cape Verde. In his PhD. dissertation, Music, Power and Diaspora: an Ethnography and History between Santiago, Cape Verde, and Portugal (2011) he focused on the Cape Verdean music and dance genre funaná and the production of the santiaguense Cape Verdean subjectivity across the lines of creoleness, masculinity and national belonging between the colonial and postcolonial moments. In his postdoctoral research, taking place at the music department of the University of California, Berkeley, and at the INET-MD, Lisbon, he has been writing articles proposing a critical genealogy of the relation between music, nation and diaspora among Cape Verdeans based on the political thought of Amílcar Cabral, and on the transformations brought by the neoliberal order. He was adjunct editor of the Encyclopedia of Music in Portugal in the Twentieth Century (2010), a work in which he has also collaborated as writer of entries and articles on musicians and music genres of the diasporas of Lusophone Africa and pop rock produced in Portugal. He has taught postgraduate courses in Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism (2004-2011) and Ethnomusicology at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Jorge Sequera holds a PhD in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He was enrolled as an FCT postdoctoral research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon (2016-2018). He is currently Lecturer in the Department of Socilogy at UNED (Spain). Jorge Swas awarded with the 1st World Social Science Fellow in Sustainable Urbanization (International Social Science Council, UNESCO) and is co-founder of the association on cultural and urban intervention “Oficina de Urbanismo Social” in Madrid. Jorge Sequera’s research focuses on key phenomena of urban transformation, such as lifestyles, social class, residential segregation, social exclusion, control society and biopolitics, gentrification, touristification, urban social movements and social protest. he is the Principal Investigator of the research project “Likealocal: Efectos socioespaciales de Airbnb. Turismo y transformación en 4 ciudades de España” (RTI2018-093479-A-I00; 2019-2021).


Jordi Nofre is Senior Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Barcelona. His research includes three main topics: (i) Nightlife and urban change in southern European cities; (ii) Social geographies of youth in Euro-Mediterranean countries; and (iii) Societal dynamics in changing environments. To date, he has published a total of 54 publications, including Urban Research & Practice, Tourism Geographies, Cities, City & Community, Leisure Studies, Social & Cultural Geography, Area (2015) and Cultural Anthropology. Since its creation in 2014, Nofre coordinates LXNIGHTS, an international scientific network on nightlife studies to widening and spreading knowledge, know-how practices, exchanging research experiences, and promoting and launching new win-win joint initiatives between national and international scientific partners. Finally, Nofre has been Scientific Advisor of ‘SAFE!N Project: Safe Night Out Certification in Lisbon’, a BIPZIP Project funded by the Lisbon City Council. Currently, Nofre is also commissioning the creation and implementation of the future Lisbon Nightlife Commission.


Isaac Raimundo graduated in Music Production and Technology, and specialized in Analytical Acoustics. His professional activity has been focused in electroacoustics, more specifically in the adaptation of replay equipment and in the digitization of 78rpm discs. He is currently attending the Doctoral Plan in Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Nova University of Lisbon, where he aims to investigate the influence of the change from mechanical sound recording to electromechanical technology in musical practices.