Bustos, M. 

The construction of tourist cities from minimum pieces

Director: Dr. Yolanda Pérez and Dr. J. Ignacio Muro


This research aims to describe and analyse of the growth process, morphology and use in spaces of the city with a well-defined tourist function. The research will be based on the case study of Salou and Vila-seca and compared with other destinations from the Mediterranean.



Santos, R.

Assessing climate change vulnerability of coastal destinations through Policies Analysis. A comparative study between Costa Daurada and Riviera Maya.

Director: Dr. Òscar Saladié Borraz


This thesis examines the vulnerability of sun sand and sea destinations dealing with climate change by using Policies Analysis techniques.  The research is mainly based on content analysis of public policies documents, such as tourism plans or adaptation and mitigation strategies. It is also complemented by qualitative techniques aimed to gather information not only about stakeholders and decision-makers perceptions, but also about practice and implementation of aforementioned strategies in a smaller scale such as the accommodation sector. Hence, this comparative study between Costa Daurada and Riviera Maya is expected to enhance the knowledge on tourism public management in general, and particularly on strategies related to adaptation and mitigation to global change. All in all, the research conducted will contribute to improve planning tools in terms of public interest and sustainability of coastal destinations.


Sanz, C.

Innovation and Competitiveness in Consolidated Coastal Tourist Destinations. Approaching the Analysis of Local Tourism Destinations Dynamics

Director: Dr. Salvador Anton Clavé


The thesis aims to bring new insights for the understanding of how and why destinations -especially, consolidated coastal destinations- change over time. Particularly, the research conducted seeks to help advance and integrate extant research on tourism destinations evolution and organisation by drawing inspiration on analytical approaches from emerging paradigms in Economic Geography -namely, Evolutionary Economic Geography and Relational Economic Geography. More precisely, the research explores the notions of human agency, contextuality and path dependence as interconnected mechanisms that underpin destination long-term dynamics. Therefore, it focuses on the analysis of: 1) the effects of stakeholders’ action and interation on the evolutionary performance of destinations (human agency); 2) the adaptive capacity of destinations in front of dynamics of local and gobal change (contextuality); and, 3) the enabling and constraining long-term effects of decisions and events occurred in the past (path dependence). The research will be based on the case study of central Costa Daurada (Catalonia), compared with other destinations from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.