LINES OF INVESTIGATION

In the Territorial and Tourism Studies Research Group of the University of Seville we work on several lines of research from which the different projects we develop arise. Our intention is to cover the wide thematic spectrum included in the relations between tourism and the territory.

1. PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF TOURIST DESTINATIONS.

This line of research includes the work aimed at the formulation of tourism planning and management instruments at different scales. To do this, it starts from an integral consideration of tourist destinations, as a whole in which sectorial aspects cannot be segregated without affecting the set of economic, social, cultural, environmental or territorial relations. The result of this has been the participation in numerous planning processes carried out by public administrations at the regional and local levels.

2. TOURISM AS A DEVELOPMENT FACTOR

Under this line of research are included the works that analyze the role that tourism plays in the processes of socioeconomic and territorial development of specific spatial areas at different scales (regional, supra-municipal, municipal, etc.). It focuses on the analysis of the synergies and conflicts that are observed in the relationship between tourist activity and territory in different types of spaces (natural, rural, coastal, urban spaces, etc.).

3. TERRITORIAL GOVERNANCE OF TOURISM

This line of research tries to delve into the concept of territorial governance applied to tourist activity, as a new approach to action and management focused on coordination over the territory of the different competent administrations, economic agents and local civil society.

4. TOURISM, LANDSCAPE AND IMAGE

It is oriented to the treatment of the relations between the tourist activity and the formal aspects of the territory. It is reflected in a double sense, through the analysis of the landscape as an essential tourist resource, on the one hand, and the impacts that tourism has on the landscapes, on the other. The line has evolved towards a greater weight of studies on the projected and perceived image of destinations, delving into the genesis of the tourist image of Andalusia and its influence on current tourism promotion.

5. SMART TOURIST DESTINATIONS

It focuses on analyzing the latest trends in tourism management, based on the incorporation of a strong component of innovation (both technological and organizational) in public policies incidents in destinations. It corresponds to the need to respond to the challenges that the Information Society revolution has introduced in the competitiveness of destinations, but with a differential character typical of this Group: it is not limited to the application of new technological advances, but which considers these as a tool for the integral improvement (economic, social, environmental, ...) of the destinations, considered as Smart Territories.