I am a fully funded doctoral researcher at The Open University, UK. My research focuses on the marketisation of higher education and its impact on students. Specifically, I am critically exploring how UK higher education students are constituted as 'consumers'.
I received my undergraduate BA (Hons) in Law at the University of Minho, Portugal and I hold an MSc in Management from the same institution and an MRes from The Open University, UK. My thesis for my MSc sought to explore the relationship between organisational commitment and trust in supervisor.
During my Masters in Management, I was elected student representative on the Scientific Committee of the Programme. I held this position for two years, and the experience allowed me to gain valuable insight into the various management practices adopted by the university and the effects that these have on academics and students.
Prior to pursuing full-time study, I worked for an international consortium responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the metro service in Porto, Portugal for eight years. As a contract and control manager, I was directly responsible, among other tasks, for the performance indicators associated with the quality of the service provided. This experience provided me with an enriching opportunity to observe first-hand how the adoption of varying practices in the public sector influences organisations at several different levels. I also worked as consultant for several international railway projects and as a qualified lawyer in Portugal.