Maria João Nunes has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology by Nova University in Lisbon and a master’s degree in Anthropology, the latter with specialization in Culture on Display and Tourism, by the same university. Since 2010 this anthropologist has been working on several research projects regarding intangible heritage and local development in different regions of Portugal, but mostly in the north of the country, namely in Guimarães. Within the projects in which this researcher was involved in, the study of local festivities for the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the survey of the museological contents for the Casa da Memória in Guimarães and the study on impacts of renewable energies on local communities, are of the most relevance. Over the course of these projects she conducted hundreds of interviews with numerous actors from local communities, associations and nongovernmental organizations to municipalities and companies. Over the last year and a half this anthropologist has been working in application project of the Festival of Bugiada and Mouriscada to the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) of the University of Minho.

Currently, this researcher emphasizes the importance of intangible heritage within local communities, especially in its articulation with matters related to identity and local development.