New Perspectives in Tourism & Leisure

Research Lines and Projects

Research lines

    • Sharing economy and tourism
    • Local society and tourism impacts
    • Tourism and local development
    • New technologies applied to tourism
    • Territorial planning of tourism
    • Tourism in the regional economic analysis
    • Brand image of tourism destinations
    • Digital marketing and tourism company
    • Management of natural resources and tourism

 

CURRENT R&D PROJECTS

 

  • EPTUR. «Procesos adaptativos e impactos de la economía de plataforma turística en España en un contexto de cambio continuo. Un análisis desde la comparativa territorial». Programa estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e innovación orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad. Agencia Estatal de Investigación. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. 2021-2024.

The EPTUR project starts from the conceptual and methodological reflections and the results obtained in the previous ECCOLTUR project, developed by the Noutur from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), to which it has the will to give continuity and depth, as well as different investigations led within it. It also draws on the experience and results obtained by researchers from the Urban and Tourism Studies group (URByTUR) of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) who participate in this proposal, as well as those related to new researchers who join the team. from other national and international universities and institutions, forming a solid, inter and multidisciplinary research team with complementary backgrounds and knowledge.

 

Based on the background and previous results of the research team, the EPTUR project sets the general scientific objective of analyzing the evolution and processes of integration, adaptation and resilience of the tourist platform economy (TPE) in Spain in the current context of acceleration of digitization processes, accentuated by the SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 crisis, and from a territorial comparison. We start from the hypothesis that the acceleration of digitalization processes, accentuated in the current context of the mobility crisis generated by the pandemic, is generating and will generate an adaptive transformation of the manifestations of TPE in our country, with consequences of various kinds for the sustainability of the tourist destinations where it is present, as well as for the viability of the associated sectors. Considering the magnitude that tourism has historically had in production and employment in our country and the growing relevance of TPE in it, understanding these processes and the resulting transformations and impacts is a particularly relevant challenge at a social and economic level. In this sense, we also consider that digitization processes can be a backbone of the reinitiation and recovery of tourism and that the performativities acquired by the TPE can decisively influence the socioeconomic effects of said recovery, even more so being one of the identified strategic lines by the Government and the European Union for the future development of the country. Furthermore, given the territorial diversity of our country, we understand that these processes will entail unequal and diverse adaptations and resilience, requiring a comparative study as well as the identification of new sources of information and variables for their understanding and subsequent management. Finally, we consider that the gender perspective must be included in a transversal way in all our objectives given the unequal impact of TPE on women, as well as the existing potential for female entrepreneurship in the interweaving of this phenomenon with the social economy.

 

COMPLETED R&D PROJECTS

 

  • ECCOLTUR. “Economía colaborativa y espacios turísticos: contribuciones, transformaciones y retos” (Collaborative economics and tourist spaces: contributions, transformations and challenges). Programa estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e innovación orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad. Dirección General de Investigación Científica y Técnica. Subdirección General de Proyectos de Investigación. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. 2018-2020.

The ECCOLTUR project considers the general scientific objective of analysing the transformations that the sharing economy (SE) is generating in tourist spaces and their effects on the development, competitiveness and sustainability of tourist destinations at different scales and contexts with a clear intention of transfers of knowledge. Given the novelty of the theme, this also entails the development of an innovative analytical, conceptual and methodological framework for its analysis and understanding and approaching the phenomenon from a multiscalar and comparative perspective. It comes from the hypothesis that the sharing economy has emerged in an irruptive way in today’s society, particularly in tourism, generating transformations, conflicts and impacts of all kinds. In the field of tourism, SE ecosystems add new alternative proposals to conventional production and consumption models and, at the same time, their introduction into tourist spaces tends to generate tensions and disruptive products that cause impacts on traditional sectors. These new ways of functioning obey to global logics rooted in social movements but also to their exploitation by capitalism of platforms that result in the inequality of the impacts on a local scale and in a complexity of the phenomenon. In this context, tourism provides a heuristic environment to understand these elements as well as the challenges and opportunities that the SE can offer to create new economic models and to contribute to the generation of more sustainable societies.

 

  • MOVIMENTS. “Reconeixement i anàlisi dels moviments ciutadans de resistència i protesta davant els impactes del creixement del capitalisme de plataforma turístic. El cas de la ciutat de Barcelona”. (Recognition and analysis of citizen movements of resistance and protest against the impacts of the growth of capitalism on the tourist platform). . Convocatòria d’Ajuts de la UOC per a Projectes de Recerca Interdisciplinària. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya i La Caixa. 2018.

The present proposal arises from the willingness to create an inter-studies collaboration between four UOC research groups to address a critical reflection on the movements of resistance and protest against the impacts of the growth of platform capitalism in tourism in the last years and taking advantage of the laboratory that represents the city of Barcelona. Its main objectives are: 1) To create a solid theoretical and methodological framework regarding the main aspects that characterize these movements of resistance and protest as well as its impact, taking into account the most relevant literature from an interdisciplinary perspective, 2) Understand and characterize the discourses of resistance and / or protest generated in social networks due to the growth of platform capitalism in the tourism context of Barcelona.

 

Enhancing quality jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships in the tourism sector across Europe (Pilot Project “Youth on the SPOT – Special Partnership for Tourism” – DG Growth). #IdEATE is a European project worked between 2016 and 2018 that involved ten partners from six different countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy and Spain). IdEATE has developed a sustainable model helping to connect main players active in the field of tourism (job seekers, prospective employers and SMEs, training institutions, public authorities) with the aim to facilitate the uptake of high quality jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships positions in the tourism sector across the EU.

 

Smart Tourist Destinations in the counties of Barcelona: Diagnosis and Action Proposals. (Documents in Catalan) (DIBA-UOC, 2016-2018). Collaboration between the Tourism Laboratory of the Diputació de Barcelona and NOUTUR to carry out an exhaustive diagnosis of the situation of tourist destinations in Barcelona in relation to tourism intelligence.

 

The social capital in the cultural events of Catalonia. An analysis of its potential as a resource for local development. (Documents in Catalan)(CoNCA- UOC, 2013-2015). Collaboration between the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts and NOUTUR for the analysis of existing social capital in cultural events in Catalonia in relation to local development.

 

The cultural events in Catalonia. Identification, location and comparative analysis of popular culture activities. (Documents in Catalan)(CoNCA-UOC, 2013-2015). Inventory of events promoted by the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts i la Direcció General de Cultura Popular, Associacionisme i Acció Culturals where the current situation of popular culture events in Catalonia is organized and described.

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