Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Supervisor name and surname:

Aaron Gutiérrez Palomero

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Supervisor short biography

PhD programme:

Tourism and Leisure

Title of the research project:

Emerging pathways for a more sustainable mobilities in tourism destinations in post-covid-19 context

Description of the research project:

COVID-19 outbreak and the related national measures oriented to mitigate the pandemic has had a disruptive impact in human mobilities all around the world. Travel and tourism activities have fallen to “ground zero” and tourism destinations have tried to adapt to the new challenges and emerging requirements.
A growing number of academics and professionals have highlighted that this crisis has contributed to question old development paths and envision new sustainable tourism futures. Nevertheless, it is still unclear whether the pandemic will end with a return to ‘business as usual’ or whether significant changes in tourism destination development will emerge. Within that context, new research on the contribution of the pandemic to the acceleration of local/global transitions to a more sustainable tourism model will be required in the forthcoming years.

The objective of this research is to contribute to that field by adding new empirical based evidences on the redefinition of tourism mobilities in destinations in post-Covid-19 context and their contribution to build new pathways for a more sustainable tourism planning and development.
This research will cover the study of: (1) changes of tourism mobilities in destinations following the COVID-19 outbreak, (2) responses implemented by public and private actors at local/regional level oriented to face the emerging challenges, (3) their contribution (or not) to a transition to a more sustainable tourism destinations planning and development.

Different tourism destinations in Catalonia will be selected as study areas; including coastal, urban, and rural/mountain destinations. The empirical approach will combine both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Highly desirable attributes of the ideal candidate:

* Demonstrated previous experience in one or more of the following topics: sustainable tourism planning and development, Geography and Planning, Transport and Mobilities, urban and regional planning and development, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Data Analysis.
* Hold a Master degree, or equivalent, in: Tourism, Geography, Urban and Spatial Planning, Sustainable Mobility, GIS and/or Spatial Data Analysis, or related disciplines.
* Language skills: Fluency in English is required
* Specific Software skills: Statistics (R, Stata) and GIS (QGIS, ArcGIS) are highly recommended
Ethics: This project involves ethical aspects

Workplace Location: Campus Vila-seca, Vila-seca

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Earliest expected start date:

14 February 2022

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413