Monica has joined the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon in 2008 as a Research Fellow, and since 2013 she has gained a position as a Senior Research Fellow under the FCT Researcher 2012 programme. She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, which was completed in 2005 and looked at organic food consumption in Portugal. Before her move to Lisbon she gave research assistance to the final stages of a ESRC project ‘Delivering Sustainability: Towards the Creative Procurement of School Meals’ (Cardiff University, UK). Previously to heading to South Wales she helds a postdoctoral position for three years at Bangor University, surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of North Wales. there, she developed her sociological work on local food cultures with Graham Day, framed within the Rural Economy and Land Use interdisciplinary project “Comparative Assessment of Environmental, Community & Nutritional Impacts of Consuming Fruit & Vegetables Produced Locally and Overseas” co-ordinated by Prof. Gareth Edwards-Jones.