Áurea has a PhD in Tourism from the University of Aveiro. She is an assistant professor in Tourism Studies at the University of Évora and an affiliate researcher at CIDEHUS, UÉ, Portugal. Developed research activities in the RPTM PennState University, PA, USA, at the University of California, Berkeley, USA and the University of Siena in Italy. Her main research interests are astrotourism, sustainable rural tourism development, consumer behavior in tourism, nostalgia and tourism marketing. Since 2007 she’s been collaborating with her research for the Dark Sky Route Portugal. She has authored and co-authored chapters in books, articles in national and international journals, and has made various communications and lectures at conferences and seminars.