Manuel Garcia-Ruiz is a Ph.D. Scholar at CIES-IUL and an Associated Researcher at IS-FLUP. He pursues his Ph.D. in Sociology at ISCTE-IUL, supported by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has a particular interest in Light Festivals as instruments for the territorial development of Portuguese secondary cities (medium and small) through the creation of a highly competitive and specialised creative tourism.
Among his academic activities we have to stress his participation at the Etno.Urb Network specially on the Visual research group (VEU). He is the Director of the Urban Audiovisual Festival UAF, annual urban themed film festival that take place in Lisbon since 2017. He is an international light festival advisor, and art curator.
Light Festivals | Night Studies | Visual Urban Cultural Sociology | Culture and Art | Mix-Methods | Ethnography