Speakers

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Plenary Sessions

 
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Cláudia Seabra

University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Cláudia Seabra is a Professor at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in the University of Coimbra where she coordinates the PhD in Tourism, Heritage and Territory. She was a Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu since March 2001. Claudia Seabra has a Post-PhD in Economic and Social Geography from the Nova School of Business and Economics, having developed the project “Influence of Terrorism on citizens and organizations in Europe of 28”. She holds a PhD in Tourism, a Master in Social Sciences and a degree in Social Communication. She published several papers and chapters in international scientific journals and books. She is the head editor of the book Pandemics and Travel: COVID-19 Impacts in the Tourism Industry (Emerald). She is Theme Editor on Terrorism at the International Journal of Tourism Cities. She is a guest reviewer for several international scientific journals. She is a member of CEGOT - Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning, and collaborates with NOVASBE - Nova School of Business and Economics and CISeD - Research Centre in Digital Services.

 

Fabio Carbone

Coventry University (United Kingdom)

 

Fabio Carbone (PhD) is an expert in the relations between cultural heritage management and tourism for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, global understanding and peace. He is author of many scientific papers, book chapters, and co-editor of the book “Role and Impact of Tourism in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation”, published by IGI Global © 2021. His cutting-edge research (and its impacts) on Peace through Tourism earned him the appointment as a Global Ambassador of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) and IIPT Special Envoy to Iran. He was also recently entrusted to write the entry “Peace through Tourism” (Carbone, 2022) for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, which officially and definitively established the theoretical link between Tourism and Peace and Conflict Studies. His commitment to the topic is not exclusively academic, as he is involved in several projects in the field, namely in Europe and Middle East. He was recently appointed as International Executive Director of the Department of Sustainable Development at the Institute of International Peace Leaders, and he is member of the scientific board of the European Network of Places of Peace. He is currently based in the UK, lecturer of International Tourism Management at Coventry University.

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Maria Gravari-Barbas

Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France)

Maria Gravari-Barbas has a degree in Architecture and Urban Design (University of Athens, 1985) and a PhD in Geography and Planning (Paris IV – Sorbonne, 1991). She was Fellow at the Urban Program of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (1990). She is the Director of the EIREST, a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to tourism studies, with main focus on cultural heritage, development, and urban-tourism evolutions. Since 2009 she is the director of the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the coordinator of the UNITWIN network ‘Tourism, Culture, Development’. From 2008 to 2017 she was the director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (Institut de Recherches et d'Etudes Supérieures du Tourisme, IREST) of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and from 2017 to 2020 Vice Président for International Affairs at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is the Chair of the Sefl Steering Committee of Cultural Heritage of Una Europa. Her published works include: A research Agenda for Heritage Tourism, Elgar (2020), Le patrimoine mondial, Mise en tourisme, mise en images, L’Harmattan (2020), Lieux ordinaires, avant et après le tourisme, PUCA (2018), Tourism and Gentrification in Contemporary Metropolises.  International Perspectives, Routledge (2017), World Heritage Sites and Tourism. Global and Local Relations, Routledge (2017).

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Marianna Sigala

Piraeus University (Greece)

Maria Gravari-Barbas has a degree in Architecture and Urban Design (University of Athens, 1985) and a PhD in Geography and Planning (Paris IV – Sorbonne, 1991). She was Fellow at the Urban Program of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (1990). She is the Director of the EIREST, a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to tourism studies, with main focus on cultural heritage, development, and urban-tourism evolutions. Since 2009 she is the director of the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the coordinator of the UNITWIN network ‘Tourism, Culture, Development’. From 2008 to 2017 she was the director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (Institut de Recherches et d'Etudes Supérieures du Tourisme, IREST) of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and from 2017 to 2020 Vice Président for International Affairs at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is the Chair of the Sefl Steering Committee of Cultural Heritage of Una Europa. Her published works include: A research Agenda for Heritage Tourism, Elgar (2020), Le patrimoine mondial, Mise en tourisme, mise en images, L’Harmattan (2020), Lieux ordinaires, avant et après le tourisme, PUCA (2018), Tourism and Gentrification in Contemporary Metropolises.  International Perspectives, Routledge (2017), World Heritage Sites and Tourism. Global and Local Relations, Routledge (2017).

 
 
 
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Rodolfo Baggio

Bocconi University (Italy)

Rodolfo Baggio holds a degree in Physics (MPhys) and a PhD in Tourism Management. After an extensive experience in the information technology industry, he is currently a professor at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), where he teaches on Tourism Analytics and Digital Strategies at the Master in Economics and Tourism and is a research fellow at the Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. He is also a professor at the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Tomsk, Russia.

His research activity is focused on the field of information technology and tourism and on the application of complexity theory and network analysis methods for the study of tourism destinations. Rodolfo is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, past vice-president of IFITT – International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism, founding member of the Italian chapter of the Internet Society as well as member of the Italian Physical Society. In 2017, he was awarded the Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award from IFITT.

Sofia Almeida

European University (Portugal)

Sofia Almeida holds a PhD in Tourism from IGOT at Universidade de Lisboa, and a degree in Business Communication. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at Universidade Europeia. Currently is also Coordinator of Digital Marketing Master. Her research focuses on the areas of hotel management, networks, hotel marketing consortia, tourism marketing, hotel branding, digital marketing. Sofia is author of several international research articles, book chapters, participation in dictionaries and encyclopedias in the tourism and hospitality management sector. She is also speaker and event organizer in the tourism area. Likewise, she is training, consultant, and part of numerous international projects in the tourism sector. Sofia is a research member of the Centre for Geographical Studies, CEG/IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa. 

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Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

University of South Australia

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Business Unit, University of South Australia and Visiting Professor, the Centre for Research and Innovation in Tourism, Taylor’s University of Malaysia. Her work focuses on social justice, human rights and sustainability issues in tourism, hospitality and events. She has worked with communities, non-governmental organisations and businesses that seek to harness tourism for sustainable and equitable futures. Her recent co-edited books include Socialising Tourism: Rethinking tourism for social and ecological justice and Critical Thinking to Realise Sustainability in Tourism Systems: Reflecting on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Nancy Duxbury

Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Nancy Duxbury, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal. She was the principal investigator of “CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas,” a national research-and-application project (2016-2020) that catalysed creative tourism pilot projects in small cities and rural areas across four regions of mainland Portugal. Among her current projects, she is the principal coordinator of the CREATOUR Observatory at CES and leads the CES team in the European research project “UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture.” She lives in São Miguel Island, Azores.

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Show Case Sessions

 

Aida Carvalho

Côa Parque Foundation (Portugal)

Aida Maria Oliveira Carvalho, PhD in Cultural Science, Master in History of Populations, post-graduate in Tourism and Religious Heritage and post-graduate in Cultural Management. Graduated in European Studies.

President of the Board of Directors of Côa Parque Foundation, since March 2021.

Lecturer at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, since September 2001.

Coordinator of the Department of Arts and Humanities and member of the Scientific Committee of the Tourism Marketing master's degree.

Researcher at the Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism Centre (CITUR).

Guide Interpreter of the Côa Valley, between 1996 and 2001.

 Member of the National Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation (CNCTI).

Member of the Strategic Council of Tourism Porto e Norte.

Member of ART&TUR Festival, International Tourism Film Festival, 2020 and 2021 editions.

Published several articles in specialized scientific journals in the area of heritage enhancement and cultural tourism.

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Alexandra Falcão

Lamego Museum & Monuments of the Varosa Valley (Portugal)

Born in Lamego in 1972, Alexandra Falcão directs both the of the Lamego Museum and of Monuments of the Varosa Valley.

With an academic background n Art History and Museology, she has participated in conferences and publications related to art, museums and cultural and educational mediation. Among her most pressing reflections, the possibility of building new narratives for the historical and cultural heritage, in the framework of a participatory museology, based on the relationship of the public with the objects (and their biographies), which contributes to their enhancement and, simultaneously, to the development of knowledge and society.

 

Dalila Dias

Portuguese Historical Villages Network (Portugal)

Dalila Dias is the Coordinator of the Programme for the Economic Enhancement of Endogenous Resources (PROVERE) of the multi-awarded Portuguese Historical Villages Network. She graduated in Marketing Management at the Portuguese Institute of Marketing Administration in Aveiro and, in 2006, she concluded the Urban Centre Managers Course.

In 2004 he concluded the Post-Graduation "Quality Inspection in Tourism" at the Instituto das Novas Profissões (INP - Lisbon). In 2010 she took the Master's exams in Management and Development in Tourism at the University of Aveiro and, in 2015 and 2016, she completed the curricular component of the PhD in the area of Management at the University Beira Interior, with a research area in Territorial Innovation and Low Density Territories.

She is author and co-author of articles related to low density territories and their development process. She has 10 years of experience in the field of regional/local development and is a researcher in this field.

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Rolando Volzone

DINÂMIA'CET-Iscte (Portugal)

Rolando Volzone is a Postdoctoral researcher at DINÂMIA'CET-Iscte, focusing his work on a multidisciplinary approach on the religious heritage sites heritage, by combining History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Cultural Heritage, Computer Sciences. This research line has been delved deeper since the PhD project "Architectures of the soul. Legacy of the Eremitical Congregation of São Paulo da Serra de Ossa (Portugal)", defended in 2020. He currently integrates the JPI Cultural Heritage project “F-ATLAS – Franciscan Landscapes: the Observance between Italy, Portugal and Spain” (2020-2023). He is coordinator of the Seminars Architectures of the soul (2017, 2018 and 2020) and member of PRERICO-ICOMO

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Maria de Fátima Ferreiro

Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal)

Maria de Fátima Ferreiro, Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Department of Political Economy of Iscte. Integrated researcher in DINÂMIA'CET-Iscte. Lecturer in licentiate, master, and doctoral degrees in the areas of political economy, history of economic ideas, rural territories and sustainability. Recent research developed within national and international projects on the themes of rural development, social innovation, and transitions of the food system. She is currently Director of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (2019-); she was Director of the Department of Political Economy (2016-2019). Member of the Portuguese Association of Political Economy.

 

Roundtables

 
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Isabel Vieira

Higher School of Technology and Management – Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal)

Isabel Vieira has a PhD in Management from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, a Master in Heritage and Tourism from the University of Minho and a degree in Tourism from the University of Algarve. Since 2020 she is a PhD student in tourism at the University of Vigo. She is a full researcher at CI&DEI (Centre for Studies in Education and Innovation). Her current research areas are related to heritage interpretation, Tourism, management and sustainability of cultural heritage and cultural marketing. She has several publications on Interpretation of heritage, sustainable management of cultural heritage, historical reading of space and cultural volunteering. She has organised several events related to the dissemination and promotion of cultural heritage and is involved in several studies/research project in this area.

 
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António Pinheiro

Rota do Românico (Portugal)

 

António Duarte de Sousa Araújo Pinheiro was born in Amarante on October 3rd, 1969. He completed his degree in Tourism, in 2002, at ISCET – Higher Institute of Business and Tourism Sciences. In 2013, he completed a master's degree in Cultural Heritage and Tourism at the University of Minho. He has been part of the Rota do Românico team for the Tourism area since 2007.

 

Pilar Pérez

University of Valladolid (Spain)

Geographer, she is currently a consultant in territorial planning, heritage management, tourism and local development. She also teaches Urban Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Valladolid. As an entrepreneur, she has developed an extensive career as a drafter of urban planning and land management instruments. In the field of heritage management, she has collaborated with companies and local agents (public administrations, wine routes, development agents) to define territorial development strategies in rural territories, promoting social innovation actions in initiatives such as "Duero Douro, Heritage for Development" or the European projects “Ruritage”, “Flumen Durius”, “Wine&Senses”.

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Soraya Genin

President of Icomos Portugal | DINÂMIA'CET-Iscte (Portugal)

Soraya Genin is graduated in Architecture at the FAUL, has a Master degree in Science in Architecture, Specialization Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings and a Ph.D. in Engineering at the KULeuven.

Assistant Professor and Vice-Director of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute. She teaches Architectural Technology and Conservation. Researcher at ISTAR-IUL and DINÂMIA'CET-IUL.

President of ICOMOS-Portugal. Expert member in the International Scientific Committees for Stone, Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration, Sites of Religion and Rituals and Formation. Founder member of the Portuguese Society for the Study of History and Construction.

She authored diverse Architecture and Conservation projects, developed in her studio, and publications, particularly in the area of Cultural Heritage Conservation and History of Construction.

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Sofia Macedo

CIES-Iscte (Portugal)

Sofia Macedo hols a PhD in Modern and Contemporary History from ISCTE-IUL, with a Thesis entitled "The Defence and Safeguarding of Heritage in Portugal: the Associations for the Defence of Heritage (1974-1997)". She has a degree in History, variant of Archaeology from the University of Lisbon. She is currently an Invited Assistant Professor at ISCTE, an Integrated Researcher at CIES-Iscte and a Collaborating Researcher at IHC. Research areas: governance of cultural heritage; heritage defence associations. Since 2003 she has been involved with Heritage Defence Associations, first in the Portuguese Association of Friends of Castles, then in the governing bodies of the Portuguese Association of Industrial Archaeology. She is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Heritage Forum, an entity that brings together fifty heritage defence associations in Portugal, always based on the conviction that Heritage is Us.

 
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Susana Macedo

Turismo de Portugal, IP (Portugal)

Born in Lisbon. Law graduate from the Law School of the Lisbon University (1994-1999) and postgraduate in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon (2012-2014).

Works in the tourism sector since 2007, having served as legal advisor to the Secretaries of State for Tourism of the 17th, 18th and 21st Constitutional Governments (2007-2011 and 2015-2018), and as a jurist at Turismo de Portugal. Since 2018, has assumed the coordination of projects, namely of REVIVE Program, as Head of the Multidisciplinary Team for Crosscutting Projects of the Tourist Offer in Turismo de Portugal.

Previously served as a jurist at the Lisbon Consumer Conflict Arbitration Center (2004-2007) and as a lawyer (2001-2004).