Rita Gouveia is post-doc researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa). She has a BA in Social Psychology, a Master in Psychology of Education and Development, and a PhD in Sociology of Family, Gender, and Youth. Since 2014, she is member of the Executive Board of the RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives of the European Sociological Association and she was board member of the European Society of Family Relations (ESFR) between 2012 and 2018. Over the last decade, she has been strongly engaged in the development of theoretical and empirical research on families, personal networks, conjugalities, and life course at both national and international level. Another transversal dimension of her research interests is the permanent investment in innovative methodologies and complex datasets, such as social network analysis or longitudinal designs. She is currently investigating the changing meanings and practices of family in personal networks of gay men and lesbians in Portugal.