His prime scientific interests are within the fields of spatial planning instruments such as strategic spatial planning and place branding. His research involves also economic geography concepts and the embedding of these in evolutionary governance systems. His current research focuses on analyzing the effectiveness of strategic spatial planning instruments in supporting the social and economic development of less-developed communities, whilst assessing its effect on environmental sustainability.
Eduardo has conducted qualitative research, through expert and ethnographic interviews, in Portugal, 21 European urban regions, Malaysia and Mozambique. His works have been published in several academic journals and books. Eduardo holds M.Sc. from the University of Minho in Portugal and University Science Malaysia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has held positions at the University of Kiel, Germany, University Louvain, Belgium, and Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL.
He shares the editorship of Regions ezine with Stefania Fiorentino and Robert Bowen.