Goretti Silva is Associate Professor in Tourism Studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. She obtained her PhD degree at Bournemouth University (UK), about the role of relationships, conceptualized as social capital and social support, in the creation and management of Tourism related small family businesses in rural areas. Her research interests include tourism as a strategy for rural development, particularly in peripheral regions, SME’s in Tourism, tourism destinations’ sustainable development, and tourism planning at regional, local and project level. Prior to being a member of academia she has collaborated with several organisations as tourism consultant, namely the Peneda Gerês National Park in the North of Portugal.
She is currently involved in several research projects, both at national and international level, namely Project INCOME: Innovative Cooperation Business – HEI learning model for Tourism, co-funded by Erasmus + (KA2); and Project TURNOUT aiming at understanding the development of Outdoor Tourism in the North region (Portugal), co-financed by FEDER.