Local Responses to Dynamics of Global Change

This research project’s proposed goal is to study the role of mature tourism coastal destinations as spaces where social innovation, territorial competitiveness and the development of global responsible policies are fostered. The project seeks to analyze the effects of residential mobility associated with tourism activity and flows on the competitiveness of destinations, to evaluate the role of policies on their development dynamics and to study the responses that they elicit face to the challenges of global change. The basic hypothesis of the project assumes that the increasing transformation of population mobility – and the multiplication of its forms – has spurred the development of complex urban structures, the current mature tourism destinations, and of new demographic and economic processes that led to the emergence of new social, territorial and environmental conflicts.


1-Competitiveness 2-Mobility 3-Innovation 4-Vulnerability


In this context, destination spaces acquire new functionalities, turning into places for innovation and development, and generating new opportunities for the regions where they are located, that face new risks derived from the dynamics of global change. The project links the analysis of tourism destination with the studies about the creation and development of the urban space in an innovative way, analyzing the role of tourism destinations in the current context of reconfiguration of the social, economic and cultural networks associated with the consolidation of new forms of mobility, and placing the analysis of tourism destinations into the core of the debate about the effects of globalization and of its limitations at different scales.