Patrícia Abrantes is assistant professor in the Department of Geography, University of Porto, where she lectures spatial analysis and statistics in the GIS & spatial planning course. She is researcher of the Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning. In 2007 she completed her PhD in Geography, specializing in spatial planning in the University Nova of Lisbon and in Paris IV (Sorbonne). Since then she worked with the French Agriculture Research Institute, with the University of Bordeaux III and with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon. Her research interests are Land Use and Urban agriculture, Agriculture Ecosystem services, Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Participatory GIS using simulation and scenario building.