Planning and Managing Tourist Destinations. Tourism and Local Society

We welcome proposals covering sustainable planning and management / tourist governance. Proposals may also take into consideration the sectors / areas that intersect with tourism directly or indirectly within the socio-spatial context of locations where tourism is present (whether they are seen specifically as touristic destinations or not). 

Thesis Proposals


Research Group

L1.1 Territorial and sectorial planning of tourism

* The urban nature of touristic cities and mass-tourism destinations and their management models
Analysis of the urban characteristics of mass-tourism destinations as a consequence of touristic urbanization. There is a particular interest in the relationship between global and local mobility phenomena and their effect on socio-demographic structures, migrations, urban systems transformations and the ability to attract resources, investment and touristic destination population, as well as the challenges touristic and urban management models must confront in the face of such transformation.




L1.3 Tourism and local development

L1.4 Local society and the impact of tourism

* Local reaction to touristic development and alternative forms of tourism and leisure
The interest in this line of research responds to a need to analyse 1) what have local reactions been like in the face of touristic development through different communication channels; online and offline social mobilization as well as 2) the creation, proposal or participation in alternative forms of tourism and leisure, co-creation projects, creative tourism or any other alternative service related to touristic activities that may be considered innovative or ground breaking. (Lluís Garay)
* Analysis of residents' attitudes towards tourism 
This line of research looks to analyse what influences residents' perception of the impact felt as a result of tourism, especially in certain locations affected by mass tourism, and the effect this has on whether they accept tourism as a form of development.
* Using assemblies as a conceptual and methodological framework for analysing sustainable tourism in local and regional contexts (Julie Wilson)
* Evolutionary economic geography (EEG) as an interpretative approach for analysing sustainable tourism (Julie Wilson)
* Political economy in tourism geographies (Julie Wilson)

L1.8 Community tourism, development and cooperation

Dra. Soledad Morales NOUTUR
L1.9 Sostenibilidad de los destinos turísticos
*  An analysis of tourism companies' sustainable / responsible motivations and behaviours, with a particular focus on small- and medium-sized businesses. (Lluís Garay)
* An analysis of the positive and negative impact of a sustainability proposal in specific contexts, such as post-conflict. (Lluís Garay)
*The implementation of programmes to make mature destinations and products more sustainable, focussing on beach holidays or cruises, for example. (Lluís Garay)
* The perception of sustainability on social media and online in general, both from a tourism company and destination perspective, and how this is affects certain aspects of a business or of other entities. (Lluís Garay)
* The proposals related to how sustainability / responsibility is managed economically and politically, as seen from different perspectives. (Lluís Garay)
* Multi-level governance and sustainable tourism mechanisms (Julie Wilson) 
* Creativity and culture as tools for promoting sustainability in tourism (Soledad Morales)
* Managing natural and touristic resources (Hug March)

Dr. Lluís Garay Tamajón

Dra. Julie Wilson

Dra. Soledad Morales

Dr. Hug March Corbella