João Sarmento is a geographer, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Minho since 1999. He defended his PhD in Geography at University College Cork, Ireland (2001) and habilitation at the University of Lisbon (2014). He has published extensively in the fields of Cultural Geography, Postcolonial Studies, Tourism Studies, Urban Studies, and Geographic Thinking. His research focuses on Portugal, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. He has taught at over 20 different universities around the world.