New Perspectives in Tourism & Leisure


NOUTUR is formed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers:

Lluís Garay Tamajón

Luis Garay is PhD in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Its main research areas are related to the impacts of collaborative tourism on destinations and stakeholders, the implications of the introduction of sustainability in tourism SMEs, innovation in tourism production and the analysis of the process of creating the image of the destinations. He is a lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), where he coordinates the research group NOUTUR (UOC).


Francesc González Reverte

Francesc González is PhD in Geography from the UAB and lecturer of the Economics and Business Studies at the UOC. He is the Director of the Tourism Degree and is teaching in the Tourism, Sustainability and New Technologies Master. He is also a researcher at the NOUTUR research group at the UOC. His main lines of research focus on the field of sun and beach tourism, events, the relationship between technology and tourism and sustainability in tourism.


Soledad Morales Pérez

PhD in Geography from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and lecturer of the Economics and Business Studies (UOC). She is currently the academic director of the University Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism and ICT and the Sustainable Management and Strategy Master’s Degree in Tourism Destinations, which is organized jointly with the World Tourism Organization. He is a member of the tourism research group of the UOC NOUTUR and leads different R & D projects in the field of tourism, including R & D (2018 to 2020). Collaborative Economy and Tourism Spaces: Contributions, Transformations and Challenges (ECCOLTUR).


Jules Wilson

Julie Wilson is PhD in Human Geography from the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. She is currently Associate Professor of Economics and Business Studies at the UOC where she teaches in the field of tourism and sustainability. Her research interests are the analysis of tourism and leisure in the transformation and socio-territorial evolution of the landscape (both urban and rural), the role of culture and creativity in the generation of new forms of sustainable development in tourism, evolutionary economic geography as a conceptual framework in the sustainable development of tourism.


Joan Miquel Gomis López

PhD by the Department of Economics and Business Organization of the Barcelona University (UB). His main line of research focuses on the study of the improvement of the sustainability of destinations and tourist organizations, mainly based on the analysis of innovation and technologies. His main research interests are in the field of ICT and tourism, responsible tourism, tourism marketing processes (especially intermediation) and teaching innovation in tourism. He is teaching at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), where he is a member of the NOUTUR research group.


Pablo Díaz Luque

Lecturer of Economics and Business Studies at the UOC. Responsible for Tourism and ICT subjects in the Tourism Degree, and Master of Sustainable Tourism and ICT. PhD in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Malaga (“Turismo de España” Scholarship from the Ministry of Economy). Member since 2015 of the NOUTUR Research Group (UOC). Previously: Member of the Research Group of Sociology and Local Policies at Pablo de Olavide University (Seville). Research focus: e-tourism, consumption and collaborative economy in tourism, tourism development.


August Francesc Corrons Giménez

PhD in Local Development and International Cooperation from the Universitat Jaume I (UJI). Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Development Cooperation from the Jaume I University (UJI), the University of Valencia (UV) and the Interuniversity Institute for Local Development (IIDL). Teaching environment: social economy, corporate social responsibility, and business administration. Scope of research: social and complementary currencies, solidarity and collaborative economy, and local development.


Luís Villarejo Muñoz 

Computer Engineer, Advanced Estudies Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Postgraduate in International Development Agents from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). The current topic of his research focuses on the application of Immersive Technologies to tourism and education. After leading the area of ​​Educational Technology mobility at the UOC, he is now CEO of Immersium Studio: a spin-off of the Open University of Catalonia dedicated to the application of Virtual and Augmented Reality to education and culture.


Maartje Roelofsen holds a PhD in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development (Human Geography) from the University of Graz, Austria. Maartje’s work has centred on the socio-spatial impacts of tourism on cities and the everyday lives of people. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business and the NOUTUR research group, where she investigates how users of tourism-related platforms – such as Airbnb – shape their digital infrastructures through political participation and digital activism.



Claudio Minca is a cultural geographer with a strong interest in social and political theory and currently a professor in the department of cultural history at the University of Bologna. His main research projects have focused on the relationship between spatial theory and modernity. He has also written extensively on the relationship between space and biopolitics, focusing on the work of philosopher Giorgio Agamben and legal theorist Carl Schmitt. Recently, he has been working on the geographies of refugee camps in the Balkan region.


Joseph M. Cheer is Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the University of Wakayama Tourism Research Center and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Geographies magazine. His research draws from transdisciplinary perspectives, especially human geography, cultural anthropology, and political economy, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.


Regina Scheyvens is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University. Her research focuses on the relationship between tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction, and he has conducted fieldwork on these issues in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Maldives and southern Africa. She is also particularly interested in gender and development, sustainable livelihood options for small island states, and theories of the empowerment of marginalized peoples.

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