Iva Miranda Pires is associate professor at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Iva holds a degree in Geography, from Universidade de Coimbra and a PhD in Human Geography, from Universidade de Lisboa. She teaches at the Sociology Department, where she also coordinates the master and the PhD programs in Human Ecology. Iva is also a team member of CICS. NOVA, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences. Her research interests include human ecology, sustainable development, as well as social and economic geography.