About

The Tourism, Heritage and Space research group (TERRITUR) develops applied and critical research on tourism, especially regarding its relationship with societal changes, natural and cultural heritage, and as a factor of transformation of space, places and landscapes. Researchers from several Portuguese universities join this RG at the Centre for Geographical Studies (ULisboa’s Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning). Our research activity is fully aligned with the socioecological concerns and commitments of sustainable development and it is our mission to define solutions that contribute to more environmentally and socially responsible forms and types of tourism.

Our research is organized in three clusters:

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Destination management and tourism planning

# the political economy of tourism and the production of tourism places
# destination image and place branding
# urban tourism
# tourism in environmentally sensitive areas (coastal zones and protected areas)
# monitoring tourism pressure and policy responses to avoid overtourism

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Culture(s), Leisure and Sociabilities

# critical heritage studies
tourism and urban cultures
arts, creativity and territorial development
# social conflicts and cultural changes driven by tourism

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New trends and innovations in tourism

# ICT and smart tourism
# platform capitalism and tourism
# niche and alternative tourism
# ecotourism and sustainable tourism
# tourism and climate change

The TERRITUR research group is affiliated to the ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research) and it supports the IGOT-ULisboa Doctoral Program in Tourism and the Master's degree in Tourism and Communication. TERRITUR researchers are part of networks such as Acción Estratégica Turismo Post-covid, PriMob-IMISCOE, and Plataforma Nacional de Turismo.

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